Three Newcomers to Join North Dakota State Softball Program

FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- North Dakota State University head softball coach Darren Mueller announced Wednesday, Nov. 8, that pitcher Paige Vargas (Mission Viejo, Calif. / Santa Margarita Catholic H.S.), catcher-outfielder Avery Wysong (Beaver Creek, Minn./Hills-Beaver Creek H.S.) and middle infielder Nicole Licea (Corona,Calif. / Hillcrest H.S.) have all signed National Letters of Intent to attend NDSU and play softball beginning in the fall of 2018.

PAIGE VARGAS, 5-5, Pitcher, Bats right, Throws right, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Enters her senior year with a 46-17 record including 19 shutouts ... First team All-CIF Southern Section Division I and Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team pitcher after putting together 20-6 record with 10 shutouts ... Also hit .337 with two home runs, 11 doubles and 25 runs batted in ... First team OC Sidelines All-Trinity League and OC Sidelines All-Orange County, and second team OC Register All-Orange County ... Compiled 17-8 record as a sophomore with nine shutouts ... Set school record with 17 strikeouts in regulation game ... Earned first team All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors, and named to Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball second team pitcher ... First team All-Trinity League ... Second team OC Sidelines and OC Register All-County ... Only freshman to make varsity and letter, putting together a 9-3 record ... Honorable mention All-Trinity League.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Alex and Lynette Vargas ... Cousin, Madyson Cassidy, played volleyball at Occidental College.

AVERY WYSONG, 5-8, Catcher/Outfielder, Bats Right, Throws Right, Beaver Creek, Minn. (Hills-Beaver Creek H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Played catcher and third base for Eden Prairie High School and head coach Dan Rubischko from 7th to 9th grade ... All-conference selection ... Played summer league for the Minnesota Renegades, Midwest Speed and the South Dakota Renegades over a seven-year period ... Member of numerous state championship and national tournament teams including a pair of top 10 PGF national tournament finishes ... Setter for Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball team, which won a pair of conference championships ... Surpassed 1,000 assists in career.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Blake and Denise Wysong ... Has one brother, Gavin.

NICOLE LICEA, Middle Infielder, Bats Left, Throws Right, Corona, Calif. (Hillcrest H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time all-conference shortstop for Hillcrest High School and head coach Tony Carvajal ... Hit .474 with 46 base hits, 33 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and 10 doubles during the 2017 season ... Led team to Hillcrest's first-ever CIF appearance ... Played second, shortstop and outfield in summer league for the Courage and head coach Craig Weaver over five years ... The Courage qualified for nationals all five years including the 2014 PGF Platinum National Championship.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Arturo and Gabriela Licea ... Has two sisters, Katelyn and Alyssa.

North Dakota State finished the season with a 29-33 record overall. The Bison won their fourth straight and eighth Summit League tournament championship overall to advance to the NCAA tournament. NDSU knocked off eventual national champion Oklahoma 3-2 in nine innings in the NCAA Norman Regional opener.