Chester Rounds Out Tiger Softball Early Signing Period
Nov. 21, 2007
For Immediate Release
MEMPHIS - Outfielder Kamri Chester becomes the second player out of Chattanooga's Girls Preparatory School in the 2008-09 recruiting class to sign a national letter-of-intent to play softball for the University of Memphis it was announced by head coach Windy Thees Wednesday. Chester is the second player from GPS to sign with Memphis, joining high school teammate Jessica Phillips.
A centerfielder in high school, Chester was named to the 2007 all-state and all-city teams. She was a 2006 all-city selection and a 2005 honorable mention all-state. Coached by Susan Crownover, Chester hit .381 as a junior with 42 runs, 40 RBI, nine home runs, nine doubles and seven stolen bases. She drove in 40 RBI to help lead GPS to a Division II state championship with a 30-6 record this past season.
"Kamri is the best offensive player in the state of Tennessee in my opinion," Thees said. "She can launch balls over the fence with regularity from the right side, and yet turn around and beat you with the short game from the left side. Maybe the fastest player on the base paths I have seen, Kamri will add speed and strength to our outfield."
The daughter of Robert and Yvonne Chester, Kamri Chester has been involved in the Service League, Habitat for Humanity and Young Democrats at GPS. She also has lettered in high school as a setter on the volleyball team and a forward for the basketball squad. Her 2007 volleyball team won the state championship.
The addition of Chester brings the Memphis early signing period to a close. The Tigers signed five players, including Valencia, Calif., native Lelani Bernadino (OF). Boca Raton, Fla., native Alyssa Palmieri (INF), Tracy, Calif., native Nikki Moreno (C) and Chattanooga, Tenn., native Jessica Phillips (1B).