BEFORE PENN STATE
Lettered three years for the Bishop Blanchet varsity team for head coach Lisa Olsen ... Named first team All-Metro in 2011, 2012 and 2013 while picking up honorable mention in 2010 ... Has excelled in the classroom, earning the Academic Award for highest GPA during the 2012 season ... Named Most Valuable Player as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Played club ball with Northwest Bullets under head coach Tony Campos ... Bullets team captain for Fall 2012 and Summer 2013 ... Finished 19th at 2012 Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) Nationals ... Member of National Honor Society ... Student of the Month for science department in Jan. 2010.
Samantha Kathleen Shanahan was born May 12, 1995 in Seattle, Wash., to Cheri and Ray Shanahan ... Has three siblings, Hannah, Harrison and Michael.
SHANAHAN ON PENN STATE
"Penn State was the best school that fit me because it had the best balance between strong academics, competitive sports and school pride."