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2009-05-14 20:45:13

Similar Backgrounds, Similar Success For Jenna And Kristin Wilson

Written by: Ryan Borde, Release: 05/14/2009

Jenna Wilson, left, and Kristin Wilson both earned All-PCSC honors this year.
Jenna Wilson, left, and Kristin Wilson both earned All-PCSC honors this year. Photo Credit: Ryan Borde

PORTLAND, Ore. – Inevitably the question gets asked. Are Portland State softball players Jenna Wilson and Kristin Wilson sisters?

With one quick glance at the Vikings roster, one might assume they are, being that the pair are separated by just one number numerically (Jenna wears #10, Kristin #11) and that they’re both seniors. But, take a look at their hometowns and you’ll see that they come from two different states. And, there happens to be the fact that Jenna is blonde and bats left handed, and Kristin has dark hair and bats right handed.

The differences end about there, though. The two players who both transferred to the Park Blocks after two seasons of playing at the community college level, have been major catalysts in the Vikings run to the NCAA Tournament this year.

Kristin has started this season at three different positions (catcher, designated player and the past 14 games in left field) on her way to earning first team All-Pacific Coast Softball Conference honors. Jenna has started all 53 games for the Viks, including 52 in right field, and was recently picked as a second team all-conference player for the second year in a row.

The two graduated from high school in 2005 and chose to go the community college route to extend their playing careers. Jenna, who hails from nearby Tualatin High School, stayed local and hit .413 in her two seasons at Mt. Hood Community College. A native of Clarkston, Wash., Kristin spent two years at Walla Walla Community College where she was named the 2007 National Junior College Diamond Catcher of the Year after hitting .474.

Unlike junior college baseball where many players transfer up and enjoy success at the NCAA Division I level, JUCO softball players rarely even move on to DI schools. For both Wilson’s, they knew they had the talent to succeed at the highest level of collegiate softball and they didn’t want to stop playing. Read more...


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