Women’s basketball signs three

For Immediate Release

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University women’s basketball coach Derrick Pringle announced on Monday the signing of three student-athletes to letters of intent. Crystal Carpenter, Melanie Shank, and Taylor Labosky will join the Red Hawks for the 2010-2011 season.

“Each new recruit is strong athletically, and we are looking forward to the future of the program,” said Pringle.

A 6-foot center from Eureka, Carpenter joins Simpson University after playing two years of college basketball at College of the Redwoods. Previously she played three years of varsity at Saint Bernard’s High School where she earned High School All-Conference. Carpenter plans to earn her degree in psychology.

Coach Pringle said, “Crystal is an extremely hard worker and a great teammate. We are very excited that she chose Simpson and look forward to seeing her grow during the next couple years.”

A 5-foot-8 forward from Tacoma, Wash., Shank joins the Red Hawks after playing four years of varsity at Tacoma Baptist High School. She averaged 18.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 3.6 steals per game. Her athletic honors include being 13th in the state of Washington in scoring (1,400 points), Second Team All-State, Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Tacoma News Tribune, and Maxpreps.com First Team for the state of Washington. Shanks will enroll in Simpson’s education program in the fall.

“Melanie is a very smart basketball player with a deadly jump shot,” said Pringle. “She can play multiple positions and is very aggressive on the defensive end of the court. She has the potential to be a great leader.”

Labosky, a 5-foot-6 guard from Chester, earned All-Conference and Team MVP at Chester High School. She averaged 14.7 points per game. She will enroll in the pre-nursing program at Simpson.

“Taylor has a great high school career, and we look forward to seeing her have a great college career at Simpson,” said Pringle. “She is a standout student and athlete.”




Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. For more information about Simpson University athletics, please visit athletics.simpsonu.edu, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit http://simpsonu.edu.

Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.
(530) 226-4731