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Performance: Richmond's Erin Shuboy

Performance: Richmond's Erin Shuboy
Friday, July 1, 2016
During a championship weekend of headline-grabbing pitching performances, the most talked about likely came from Erin Shuboy, who threw a no-hitter to lead Richmond to its first MHSAA softball championship with a 2-0 victory over Vicksburg on June 18 at Michigan State U...
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Through the Years: Softball 1975-2015

Through the Years: Softball 1975-2015
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
For more than three decades, the MHSAA Softball Finals have helped finish off another year of high school athletics in Michigan.  But as we begin this summer series of features on MHSAA tournaments from our spring issue of benchmarks, we'll kick off with a look ba...
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USA Fearlessly Eludes Scare in D4 Repeat

USA Fearlessly Eludes Scare in D4 Repeat
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Another pitcher might have backed down and avoided the threat altogether. But Nikki Bauer of Unionville-Sebewaing isn't just an ordinary pitcher.
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Monroe St Mary Repeats, Pitch Perfectly

Monroe St Mary Repeats, Pitch Perfectly
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The best Division 3 softball teams still haven't found a way to solve Meghan Beaubien. Unfortunately for them, they'll have to undertake that frustrating task for one more year.
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Richmond Follows Freshman into History

Richmond Follows Freshman into History
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The pitching circle is Erin Shuboy's comfort zone. It doesn't matter if it's an MHSAA championship game against a team with a .433 batting average and a full set of bleachers on either side of her. Pitching is easy for Shuboy. Talking about it? That's when the nerves ...
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Pitcher Shows Mercy to 1st Diamond Title

Pitcher Shows Mercy to 1st Diamond Title
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Andrea Elmore's confidence was never shaken. Even if she wasn't pitching her best, she knew that she had one of the most potent offenses in Michigan to back her up.
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D4 Final to Match Familiar and New

D4 Final to Match Familiar and New
Friday, June 17, 2016
It never feels like just another game for Unionville-Sebewaing this deep into the MHSAA softball tournament. Any team made up of high school kids is going to feel some nerves, even if they represent a program that has played in the Semifinals 11 straight years.
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Leaders Guide D3 Contenders Thru Semis

Leaders Guide D3 Contenders Thru Semis
Friday, June 17, 2016
The last thing Marissa VanDenBerg wanted to talk about was her game-winning triple. She wanted to give credit to Grandville Calvin Christian teammate Kennedy Stevens, the No. 9 hitter whose game-tying single made VanDenBerg’s heroics possible.
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Vicksburg, Richmond Earn Title Chance

Vicksburg, Richmond Earn Title Chance
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Avery Slancik of Vicksburg could empathize with her rivals in the pitching circle. She's been where Livonia Ladywood's Rozlyn Price and Alexa Flores were Thursday. At some point, every pitcher has.
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Dakota, Mercy Set Up Top-Ranked Match-up

Dakota, Mercy Set Up Top-Ranked Match-up
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Kendahl Dunford started summer softball last year with a team that wasn't operating at full strength. While Dunford was beginning her travel season, some of her teammates were still busy trying to win MHSAA championships with their high school teams.
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Preview: Reigning Champs, Stars Return

Preview: Reigning Champs, Stars Return
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
A pair of reigning MHSAA softball champions and three of the best-known players in all of Michigan will be among those most anticipated at this weekend's Semifinals and Finals at Michigan State University's Secchia Stadium. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central and Unionvil...
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'Oakridge Girls' Shine on Statewide Stage

'Oakridge Girls' Shine on Statewide Stage
Friday, June 10, 2016
You have heard of the Oakridge boys. No, not the country music quartet best known for its 1981 hit “Elvira,” but the Muskegon Oakridge football team, a perennial playoff power which boasts five championship game appearances and three MHSAA titles. Now, the ...
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Gladwin Slugger Clears Fence at Record Rate

Gladwin Slugger Clears Fence at Record Rate
Friday, June 3, 2016
The outfield fence looked so far away, so unreachable whenever Gladwin senior Dayna Fennell stepped to the plate as a youngster. And it was — back then.
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Kestrels' Ace Off to Near-Perfect Encore

Kestrels'  Ace Off to Near-Perfect Encore
Friday, May 13, 2016
Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central junior pitcher Meghan Beaubien is a self-proclaimed perfectionist playing in a sport that rarely sees perfection. She comes close enough. 
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Performance: Mercy's Abby Krzywiecki

Performance: Mercy's Abby Krzywiecki
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Farmington Hills Mercy's Abby Krzywiecki appears in the MHSAA softball record book eight times – and that doesn’t include the incredible numbers she’s putting up again in this, her final high school season, for one of the state's top teams.  She ...
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Softball Gave Michigan Girls Opportunity

Softball Gave Michigan Girls Opportunity
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
In 1971, Jennifer Bradley, a 17-year-old senior at New Buffalo High School, attempted to play for the school’s varsity baseball team. Her request was rejected by the team’s coach. The story made national news. Into this environment was born an expanding arr...
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Hudsonville Adds to Diamond Milestones

Hudsonville Adds to Diamond Milestones
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
At the end of last season, longtime Hudsonville baseball coach Dave Van Noord was on the brink of reaching a career milestone – one he and his community finally celebrated last week. His 500th career victory was another achievement for one of the state&rsquo...
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Detroit Powers Succeed Amid Lower Numbers

Detroit Powers Succeed Amid Lower Numbers
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Participation in spring sports, following a similar decline in student-aged population in Michigan, has been on a decline statewide over the last decade. But while some like baseball have experienced a slight bounce-back over the last few seasons, softball in particula...
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Wroubel Continues to Champion Athletics

Wroubel Continues to Champion Athletics
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Betty Wroubel still remembers the first pop fly she caught 57 years ago. Perhaps fleeting for most, it was one of the earliest memorable moments that eventually led to a career stretching four decades and impacting thousands of high school athletes across our state.
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Sophomore, St. Mary Take Top Trophy

Sophomore, St. Mary Take Top Trophy
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central softball fans had to wait 41 years for a glimpse of the MHSAA championship trophy, so what was a few more minutes?  The trophy was in the possession of sophomore pitcher Meghan Beaubien, who was being interviewed while the rest of...
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