Kai Hanner was a 2019 graduate of Hillsboro High School and a long-time student of Tina Buck-Harth. Starting travel softball at the age of 9, her love for the game continues to grow to this day. During her high school softball career she received all conference honors all four years, along with MVP. During her senior season, she also received the All-Area Preps Small School Softball Player of the Year Award. Attending lessons with Tina and Mallory once a week not only improved her skills at the high school level, but granted her the opportunity to extend her softball career to NCAA DI Saint Louis University (SLU) in Fall 2019.
“There are no words I can use to express my gratitude to Buck Fastpitch Academy for not only what they’ve taught me about softball, but about life as well. Tina and Mallory taught me not only the fundamentals but how make adjustments when I needed, while constantly reminding me how strong my love for the game is.”
A 2018 graduate from Sacred Heart Griffin High School, Bailey Morrow’s love for the game of softball started at a very young age. “Softball has taught me an immense amount of very valuable tools I use every day in my life. The sport taught me that even when a game or tournament doesn’t go the way you would like, you have to keep working, and someday all that hard work will pay off,” said Bailey. She started taking pitching lessons with Tina when she was 8 years old and experienced a great deal of success throughout her junior high and high school years. Some of her high school academic/athletic achievements included state softball freshman and sophomore year, softball Allstar team junior year, volleyball Allstar team junior and senior year and Honor Roll all four years. Her hard work and determination earned her a softball scholarship to continue her career at Quincy University.
``BFA has impacted me in so many ways. For example, it taught me about commitment and when you commit to something, you should always give it your all. BFA also taught me that achieving your specific goals takes hard work. I am now a pitcher on the softball team at Quincy University. Without all of Tina’s help and commitment to my success along the way, I would not be where I am today.``
Sydney Paulaskis-Lauher was a 2018 graduate from Glenwood High School and long-time pitching student of Tina Buck. She was not only a standout pitcher and hitter at Glenwood, but also a great student, as she was selected for the Athletic-Academic Honor Roll all four years of high school. Also, she was awarded All-Conference First Team both her junior and senior seasons and was selected for the SJR Best of Preps All-Metro team as a junior and senior. She will be playing softball and studying journalism at Concordia University Chicago this year and will continue to help with BFA camps and clinics during her breaks.
``I came into Tina’s hands at a very young age with very little knowledge of the game. She has helped increase my skills well beyond what I could have put together on my own. I cannot thank her enough for my success over last few years years and hopefully on into college.``
Bri Graham is a 2015 graduate of Chatham Glenwood High School and was a long-time student of BFA pitching coach Tina Buck and now current instructor. In high school, she was named to the Central State Eight (CS8) All-Conference Softball team her junior and senior years as well as helping her high school team win the State Championship as a pitcher. She was an All-State second team selection as a junior and senior. She played college ball at LLCC and was selected as second team All Conference her sophomore year.
``Many times I contemplated quitting pitching, but every lesson I had with Tina she reminded me why I loved it, which encouraged me to go on and pitch at the college level!``
Kelley McMahon was a 2013 graduate of Sacred Heart Griffin (SHG) High School and longtime pitching student of Tina Buck. Playing softball since the age of 5, Kelley met Tina her freshman year of high school. Practicing with Tina once a week in the off-season, Kelley earned her spot as the starting pitcher at SHG her junior and senior years. Despite her small frame, Kelley had great movement and dominated hitters during her high school years. Earning All-Conference honors as a senior, Kelley went on to play two years at Benedictine University, and finished her college career with a nursing degree from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in 2017.
``With Tina, I learned proper mechanics and the mental strength needed to reach both my pitching and life goals. I cannot thank Tina enough for instilling the confidence I needed to be victorious on an off the field. She taught me that if you work hard anything is possible. Thanks Tina Buck for everything!``
Madeline Cleary was a 2019 graduate of Springfield High School, after playing four years of varsity softball and contributing both on the mound and at the plate. While at Springfield, she earned recognition on the Academic All Conference Honor Roll, All Conference Special Mention Junior and Senior year, and reached over 300 career strikeouts. She is continuing her softball career in Fall 2019 at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois.
``I started pitching lessons with Tina my sophomore year of high school and hitting lessons with Mallory my junior year. Without Tina and Mallory, I do not think i would be playing softball at the college level. The Buck Fastpitch Academy has really taught me that no matter what happens, working hard and keeping a positive attitude will get you anywhere you want to go.``
Haley Icenogle was a 2018 graduate from Glenwood High School and long-time pitching student of Tina Buck. Haley was part of two winning seasons for Glenwood, helping them to two regional titles in spring 2017 and 2018. Haley was recruited by MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois to play to both basketball and softball. Haley is a standout all around athlete and great leader and now coaching assistant at the Buck Fastpitch Academy.
“I’ve been coming to Tina since I was very young and with every lesson I improve on at least one thing, and with that my love for the game gets stronger.”
Bree Derhake was a 2016 graduate from Scared Heart Griffin High School (SHG) and long-time student of BFA pitching coach Tina Buck. In high school, she was named to the All Conference team three times, third team All-State two times, and second team All-State once. Bree was recruited as a utility player for the University of Illinois-Springfield in Fall 2016 and has proven to be an impact player and great leader on and off the field! Bree came on board the BFA coaching staff Summer 2019 and will continue to help lead BFA fitness camps, skills clinics and private and group instructional training while she finishes up her college career. She continues to give back to this great game she loves, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have her on her team to mentor the next generation!
``Training with Tina helped me grow not only as a player and teammate, but as confident person.``
Kaitlyn Fisher graduated from Riverton High School in 2017. Following high school, she plans to attend Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa where she will play both softball and volleyball. Recruited as a pitcher and outfielder, Kaitlyn plans to take the skills she gained from training at Buck Fastpitch Academy to the field.
``Being apart of Buck Fastpitch has helped me develop as a player and grow as a person more than I could have ever expected. It's an experience I wouldn't change for the world.``
Reagan Miles was a 2019 graduate from Rochester High School and long-time pitching student of Tina Buck-Harth and hitting student of Mallory Beck. During her time training with BFA, she racked up quite the long list of accolades. She not only was a four year varsity letter winner at Rochester, but also was an impact player her sophomore year, helping lead her team to its first school appearance at the State Tournament. Additionally, she earned the MVP pitching awards during her junior and senior campaigns, as well as Academic All Conference her sophomore and junior year. While maintaining an excellent GPA, she made the Rochester honor roll all four years, and finished her senior year earning the 2019 Capital Region Preps Large School Player of the Year award, as led the CS8 Conference with a 0.69 ERA. She currently hold her school record with the most strikeouts in a game (20), most career wins (54) and career strikeouts (688). We are so excited to watch her continue her incredible softball career at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) in Fall 2019.