Softball - Fri, Oct. 28, 2005
CHICAGO - Jalyn Shearer, the 2005 Chicago Sun Times Softball Player of the Year, has signed a letter of intent to continue both her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar softball program. Shearer, a pitcher at Beecher High School in Beecher, Ill., is the first softball player at a Class A school to earn the Player of the Year honor.

Shearer allowed just four earned runs, two in a Class A state-quarterfinals loss to state champion Taylor Ridge Rockridge, during the entire 2005 season as Beecher rolled to a 45-game streak under head coach Kevin Hayhurst. She is the daughter of Adam and Dana Shearer, who also reside in Beecher. Shearer plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Saint Xavier University. Her sister, Ashley, is currently a sophomore pitcher on the Cougars' roster.

"As the 2005 Sun Times Player of the Year, it is a honor to have Jalyn join our program," said Saint Xavier University head softball coach Myra Minuskin. "She is an outstanding all-around player, who will make an immediate impact. Jalyn is a proven winner."