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    Laura Zobrist
    1 Laura Zobrist
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Washington, Ill.

    High School:
    Washington

    Height:
    5-5

    Position:
    OF

    Birthdate:
    05/22/1983

    Bats/Throws:
    L/R

    2006 Highlights:
    • Has started 27 games in left field
    • Has scored four runs and stolen two bases
    • Ranks ninth on Illinois' all-time stolen base list (17).

    2005 Highlights:
    • Started the last 14 games for Illinois in right field. • That came after going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored vs. Purdue. • Batted .302 on the year with a hit in five of her seven starts.

    2004 Highlights:
    • Scored 11 runs while serving as Illinois' primary pinch runner. • Stole 6-of-7 bases this season. • Named to Dean's List • George Huff Award Winner

    2003 Highlights:
    • Appeared in 44 games, primarily in a pinch-running role • Has posted five starts, including a 1-for-3 performance vs. South Florida. • Tallied two stolen bases.

    High School:
    Three-time First-Team All-Mid-Illini selection in softball • Named first team All-Area by the Peoria Journal-Star twice • Helped Washington to the Mid-Illini Conference title in both 2000 and 2001 • Earned all-state recognition in 2001 (second team) and 2002 (first team) by the ICA • Owns school records for most hits in a single season (60) and career (152). • Invited to play in the prestigious Chicago Tribune "Super 60" games • Named Washington High School's Female Athlete of the Year in 2001-2002. • Batted .452 in her career, including a .504 mark with 35 runs scored as a senior • Coached by Clint Reed • Played for NTRA Stealers 18U team (coached by Dee McGrath) for two seasons after playing for the Washington Cobras (coached by Mark Kirk) for seven seasons •Two-time All-Mid Illini selection as a setter in volleyball, earning first team honors in 2001 • Team was 24-6 and won conference championship in 2000 and repeated as conference champs while also winning the regional in 2001 • Led the team in serving percentage in both 2000 (99.6 percent) and 2001 (99.2 percent) • Led Washington in assists and earned team MVP honors in 2001.

    Personal:
    • Daughter of Larry and Peggy Zobrist• Third oldest of four children • Tenth family member to attend the University of Illinois, following sisters Jill and Lynn and grandfather Harry James Owens • Member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and Physics Club • Named an Illinois State Scholar and to Who's Who Among High School Students.

    Getting to know Laura...


    Nickname: Z
    Career Plans: Work in Public Relations or Advertising
    Favorite Food: Italian
    Favorite TV show: The Real World
    I'd like to switch places for a day with...: Coach Freeman
    If you weren't playing softball, which sport would you want to play?: Volleyball
    Opposing school you look forward to competing against?: Michigan
    What could you not go for a month without?: lipgloss
    Favorite class: COMM 320: Popular Culture and SPCM 427: Children and the Media

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