The Oregon Panthers organization was founded by Jerry Orlando in the fall of 1989 and begin playing in the Amateur Softball Association organization. ASA is the national governing body of softball in the United States. It is the organization that develops our national and international teams. Jerry, a retired veterinarian, along with his father and father-in-law, built a softball field on Jerry and Kay's farm in the fall of 1989 and beginning playing as a 14A age team in the spring of 1990. It was in the summer of 1994 that the Panthers won their first ASA State Championship, finished third in Regional and went to the ASA 18A National Tournament. All five seniors that year went on to play college softball with scholarships to Oregon State, Chaminade U. in Hawaii, Eastern Oregon State, Oregon Institute of Technology, and Clackamas Community College. Since that early beginning, including the 2010 class of seven seniors, the Panthers have placed 95 young women into college softball programs with scholarships ranging from partial to full at schools nation wide ranging from community colleges to top division I universities. The value of the scholarships that the six 2005 seniors received over the four years was $285,000.00 dollars. The value of scholarships for our five 2006 graduates was approximately $220,000.00 dollars. For 2007, that value approaches $346,000.00 dollars, 2008 players $355,000.00 dollars, 2009 approximately $310,000.00 dollars and the seven 2010 seniors willreceive $336,000 dollars over their four years. Among the notable past and current college players, are Lorilyn Wilson, a pitcher at the U. of Michigan when they won the 2005 D-I National Championship, Amy Vukovich at U. of Washington in St. Louis and Jess Maiben of Chapman University who were Division III All Americans. In 2008 and again 2009, Lauren Grill was our first Division I First Team All American playing for Ole Miss in the SEC conference. In all thus far, we have had seven All Americans.
In 1995 we were accepted into the most predeious national exposure tournament, the Colorado Fireworks, and continue to play there every year. In 1997 we were accepted into the second most prestious national exposure tournament, the Orange County Batbusters Early Thanksgiving tournament, and also continue to play there yearly. In addition, in October 2002 we were accepted into the third most heavily recruited tournament, the Lancaster Oktoberfest in Lancaster, CA. In the fall of 2006, we shifted to the Batbusters Oktoberfest in Irvine and continue to play there yearly. In January of 2000, we elected to move from the 18 A division into the 18 Gold division of competition, the highest classification for the 18 year old age group. In July, 2000, we qualified for and competed in Gold Nationals in St. Louis, MO. In 2001, we went to the American Fast pitch Association Nationals in Beaumont, TX, finishing with a 9 W, 3 L record to place 20th. out of 122 teams. In 2002, we again qualified for ASA Gold Nationals in Broken Arrow, OK finishing with a 3 W 2 L record for 33rd. place out of the 64 best teams in the nation. In 2003 we again qualified for ASA Gold Nationals and finished with a 4 win, 2 loss record for 25th place. We did not qualify in 2004 but did qualify in 2005 and 2006. We went 4W-2L at Oklahoma City to finish in the group at 23rd, our highest finish to date at Gold Nationals. Thus, we have qualified for the highest level national tournament five of the last eight years. We did not qualify the last three years. In 2008, our 18 Gold team went to the Women's A National Tournament and had a wonderful experience going 3W-2L in elimination play to finish tied for 5th in the nation. We were playing against college and post college women's players in that tournament. Last year, ( 2009) our Gold team won the Sliver Division Triple Crown World Series in Park City, Utah. Our 12A, 14A, and 16A teams have all qualified for their respective age group National Tournaments many times over the last 10 years.
In the fall of 2000, the Oregon Panthers added a second team at the 16 A age level. They qualified for ASA Nationals in their second year and finished 33rd. out the best 64 16-year-old teams in the nation. We added a 14A team in 2002 and a 12A team in the fall of 2003. In 2005, the 12 A, 16A, and 18 Gold teams all qualified for ASA Nationals. In 2006, the 16A team qualified for their Nationals and finished in the group at 25th. with a 4W-3L record. Our 12A and 14A teams went to their Western National tournaments. In 2007, our 12A, 14A, and 16A teams all qualified for their respective age group nationals. Thus far in 2010, our 12A team has already qualified for Nationals.
The Oregon Panthers were designed a 501 (c) (3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service in January 2002. The organization is dedicated to providing girls with the opportunity to learn softball, teamwork, sportsmanship, work ethic, and values in an atmosphere that may allow them to earn a college scholarship. The Panther mission statement is as follows: To prepare players to succeed at the collegiate level in softball and in life. We do this by promoting three principles. 1. Always do the right thing. 2. Be the best you can be at all times. 3. Treat others as you would have them treat you. These are our goals. This is who we are.