Ashley Neufeld was seen a bright-smiling outfielder who ran like the wind and Kyrstin Gemar was the power hitter whose serious on-field nature might belie her heart of gold.
And Afton Williamson was the newcomer who fit right in with the tight-knit softball team, which she hoped to help push to a fourth straight national tournament, Dickinson State University Athletic Director Roger Ternes recalled Wednesday.
The three DSU friends and teammates are believed to have been stargazing together a few miles from the Dickinson, North Dakota, campus when Gemar's vehicle plunged into a stock pond on a farm Sunday night, Ternes said.
Authorities found the teammates' bodies in the submerged vehicle Tuesday. The campus has been in mourning, with classes canceled Wednesday and part of Thursday, when the school will hold a memorial service.