Bison Softball Signs Courtney Johnson, Katie Thun
Release: November 14, 2012
North Dakota State University women's softball coach Darren Mueller announced Nov. 14 that two student-athletes -- outfielder Courtney Johnson (Fargo, N.D. / North H.S.) and pitcher Katie Thun (Hermantown, Minn. / Hermantown H.S.) -- have signed national letters of intent to play softball and continue their education at NDSU.
Here are the bios on Johnson and Thun:
OF COURTNEY JOHNSON Bat: L Throw: L (Fargo, N.D./North H.S.) HIGH SCHOOL: Six-year starter in center field for Fargo North High School ... Selected to the 2012 all-state and all-East region team ... Nominated for Easton's all-region team ... In 2012, hit .576 with five home runs and 35 RBI setting numerous records for North ... Had a .627 on-base percentage and went 17 for 17 in stolen bases ... Member of the Spartans' 2009 state runner-up softball team ... Two-year starter at power forward for North basketball team and was a member of the 2011 state championship team ... Two-year starter at setter and right side hitter for Spartans' volleyball team ... PERSONAL: Daughter of Chris and Suzanne Johnson ... Has two sisters, Kaytlyn and Sydney ... Father attended NDSU ... Plans to major in secondary education.
P KATIE THUN Bat: R Throw: R (Hermantown, Minn./Hermantown H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter at pitcher and in the outfield for Hermantown High School ... Earned all-state honors in 2012 after compiling a 14-3 record with 1.10 earned run average, 183 strikeouts and only 15 walks in 107 innings pitched ... Hit .381 with four home runs ...Two-time all-conference, all-section and Duluth News Tribune all-area performer ... 2011 Duluth News Tribune Player of the Year after compiling 18-6 record and 2.10 ERA with 224 strikeouts and 13 walks ... Hit .543 with school record five home runs ... Threw one-hitter at 2011 state tournament ... Member of 2009 Minnesota state softball champions, the 2010 and 2011 state runner-up teams, and 2008 state fourth-place squad ... Set three Minnesota state tournament records in 2011 ... Also three-time all-conference performer on volleyball court ... State finalist for 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman ... SUMMER LEAGUE: Pitched and played outfield for the successful Minnesota Irish summer league team ... USSSA 2012 National Tournament Defensive MVP ... PERSONAL: Daughter of Brian and Betsy Thun ... Has one sister, Stephanie ... Father, Brian, played baseball at Minnesota-Duluth; mother, Betsy, swam at St. Cloud State, and cousin, Kyle Schmidt, played hockey at Minnesota Duluth.