LSU softball coach Beth Torina announced the signing of Bianka Bell, Kellsi Kloss, Victoria Koerselman, Sandra Simmons and Hailey Smith to national letters of intent on Tuesday.

“Since our program has eight seniors on this year’s roster, there’s no doubt that this signing class will have some big shoes to fill,” Torina said in a news release. “All five of these players with their talent level and ability can certainly make an immediate impact on LSU softball.”

Bell, of Tampa, Fla., is a shortstop and pitcher from Chamberlain High who was All-County first-team as a freshman and sophomore. Her teams have won two district championships.

Kloss, of Cypress, Calif., is a catcher from Pacifica High who was All-Empire League first team and Defensive MVP. Her team has won the Empire League championship her three seasons.

Koerselman is a utility player from Huntsville (Texas) High who was the District 18-4A Offensive Player of the Year and on the Texas Coaches Association All-State team. She led Huntsville to an undefeated District 18-4A title.

Simmons, of Fountain Valley, Calif., is a first baseman from Marina High who was All-Sunset League in her first three seasons, first team in 2010 and 2011. Marina won the 2009 and 2010 Sunset League championships.

Smith, of Bristow, Va., is a shortstop for Stonewall Jackson High whose awards include Cedar Run All-District, All-Region, All-Area and All-State honors. She was a 2008 and 2009 Top 100 Adidas Futures’ Selection.

Men’s basketball

DALE BROWN DOCUMENTARY RELEASED: “Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story,” a documentary by EyeLine Films about legendary former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown, is available Thursday.

Copies of the film may be purchased at DVDs are available for $19.99 and digital downloads for $9.99.

The film was shown at the New Orleans Film Festival last month after premiering in August at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, Ala. It stars Shaquille O’Neal, Matthew McConaughey, Tim Brando, Dick Vitale and others, and includes music by Wynton Marsalis.

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Swimming, diving

TIGERS OFF TO FAST START IN TENNESSEE: After the first day of the Tennessee Invitational, the LSU men were in third place with 191 points and the women were in fifth place with 158.5 points.

Amanda Kendall won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in 22.36 seconds. Andrei Tuomola won the men’s 50 free in 19.94.

The Lady Tigers team of Kendall, Marlene Niemi, Amber Carter and Samantha Goates won the 200 free relay.


TIGERS GIVE BACK FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON: LSU student-athletes, athletic trainers, cheerleaders, Tiger Girls and Mike the Tiger came together to give back to the community with “Thanksgiving with the Tigers” Monday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The event welcomed 21 children and their mothers to campus. Each LSU team was given the opportunity to adopt an underprivileged child through St. Vincent de Paul for the evening. Each adopted child ate a Thanksgiving meal with their team and received gifts.

After the meal, the athletes and children played games like basketball, hula hoop and parachute.

“It is a blessing to hear a kid say, ?I always wanted one of these bikes,’ and the look he had on his face when I told him the bike was for him,” sophomore safety Craig Loston said.

“It’s small things like that, that make me want to always help because it’s a good feeling to make a kid smile, and that’s what I enjoy doing.”

“My team had so much fun getting to hang out with the girl we adopted and getting to see her face as we watched her open the gifts we got her,” junior volleyball player Madie Jones said. “It feels good getting to make a difference in someone’s life even if it’s just one girl.”