ATHENS, Ohio—The Bobcats softball program added six new student-athletes during the early signing period, second-year head coach Kenzie Roark announced today (Nov. 14) Sydney Grein, Cailyn Kohus, Yasmine Logan, Victoria O'Brien, Annalia Paoli, and Emily Walker will be playing for Ohio during the 2020-21 season.
We are so excited about our 2020 class," Roark said. "Not only are they great athletes, but they are great people. This class is exactly the kind of people I want to build the program around, and I could not be more proud of the direction that Ohio Softball is going in."
Sydney Grein (Mokena, Ill.) currently plays softball for Lincoln-Way Central High School and has earned three varsity letters with the team. Her high school team has won three consecutive conference championships from 2017 to 2019 and the team also won regional champions during the 2019 season. Grein has also played for Nationals Fastpitch for three years. Grein also has been on the honor roll during all four years of her high school career and was inducted into the National Honors Society in 2018.
Grein is the daughter of Dave and Stephanie Grein and has one sister, Lyndsey. Grein is set to peruse a career in nursing.
Cailyn Kohus (Batavia, Ohio) plays softball for Western Brown High School as well as the Ohio Hawks and is coached by Wendell Hutchinson (Hawks). Kohus has been a 12-time High School MaxPreps Player of the Game and has a career batting average of .491. Her favorite sports team is the Cincinnati Reds.
Kohus is the daughter of Christina Gill and William Kohus Jr. and is the oldest of seven siblings; William, Karaleigh, Easton, Arianna, Noah, Harper, and Olivia. Kohus will study nursing in the hopes of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Yasmine Logan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) plays softball for Penn Hills High School and has been a four-year varsity letter recipient. During her junior year, Logan had a .689 batting average in 16 games played for Penn Hills. Logan has also been a captain on her high school team for two consecutive seasons. Logan was named first team all-section in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. She is a part of her high school's high honor roll and is a member of the National Honors Society.
Logan is the daughter of Samuel and Yvette Logan and has one older sister, Maya. Logan is planning to study physical therapy and wants to become a sports therapist after she graduates from Ohio.
Tori O'Brien (Mason, Ohio) plays softball for William Mason High School as well as Ohio Hawks Fastpitch Gold. She will become a four-year varsity letter winner at Mason High School. During the 2019 season, O'Brien had a batting average of .512 in 94 at bats. In the 2018 season, O'Brien broke the Mason High School season stolen base record with 31 stolen bases on the year. O'Brien has led the Comets to three district championships throughout the 2017 to 2019 seasons. In 2019, she became the Mason High School single season hits leader with 131 hits on the season, and was named to the Southwest Ohio All-District Team and was nominated to the All-Ohio Team.
O'Brien is the daughter of Tim and Barb O'Brien and has one older brother, Drew who played college baseball at Ohio Dominican University for two seasons. O'Brien plans on studying marketing and wants to work within the business setting.
Annalia Paoli (Point Marion, Pa.) plays softball for Albert Gallatin Senior High School as well as the Ohio Outlaws. During her time in high school, Paoli will have received four varsity letters and captained her team for two seasons. Through her career at Albert Gallatin, Paoli has a .484 batting average and a .542 on-base percentage in just 62 games played. In her first two seasons in high school, Paoli was named First Team All-State, and during her junior season she was named Second Team All-State. Paoli has helped lead her team to three playoff berths after a 20-year slump. Paoli also broke her high school's home run record and was once number two in the state of Pennsylvania in home runs.
Paoli is the daughter of Brad and Julie Paoli and she has one younger brother, Gianni. Paoli is majoring in education and plans to become a teacher as well as a coach.
Emily Walker (Plain City, Ohio) plays softball for Jonathan Alder High School and has been a captain of the Lady Pioneers. During the 2019 season, Walker had a batting average of .434 with five home runs and 32 RBIs on the year. In 2017, Walker was named Offensive Player of the Year and won the Most Stolen Bases Award for the 2017 through the 2019 season. Walker helped lead her team to two State Final Four appearances in 2017 and 2018, as well as winning the Division II State Championship in 2019.
Walker is the daughter of Maggie and Jason Walker and has four siblings; Taylor, Tori, Grace, and Gabbie. Walker is expecting to major in exercise science and wishes to pursue a career in physical therapy.