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Maves, Tecumseh Finish 'Brilliant' Run

Maves, Tecumseh Finish 'Brilliant' Run
Saturday, June 15, 2013
It’s natural for coaches to worry about the unknown as their teams venture deeper and deeper into the postseason. Tecumseh softball coach Jeff Nowak is no different.
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Mattawan, Havers Write Winning Story

Mattawan, Havers Write Winning Story
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Allie Havers is an overpowering presence on the softball field. But the situation called for finesse. Mattawan’s 6-foot-5 senior was perfectly capable of switching gears.
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Multiple Aces Pay Off as Comets Reign

Multiple Aces Pay Off as Comets Reign
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Most softball teams ride one dominant pitcher and hope for the best. It never hurts to have an insurance policy, however, because even the best pitchers have an off day.
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Dundee, Ewing 'Prove' Up for Title Task

Dundee, Ewing 'Prove' Up for Title Task
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Mickey Moody knew what he was doing when he angered Dundee pitcher Vanessa Ewing. As the Vikings’ softball coach, Moody knows which buttons to push to motivate his senior. When he took her out of the MHSAA Division 3 Semifinal on Friday, he expected Ewing to re...
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Swan Valley Focuses on Finish

Swan Valley Focuses on Finish
Friday, June 14, 2013
If Saginaw Swan Valley’s softball players were feeling good about themselves for reaching a second straight MHSAA championship game, the warm fuzzies quickly vanished once coach Tom Kennelly was done talking to them. “You’re better than this!”...
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Unexpected Ubly Reaches Season Finale

Unexpected Ubly Reaches Season Finale
Friday, June 14, 2013
Nobody outside of Ubly expected the Bearcats to be playing for the MHSAA Division 4 softball championship. Even some within the inner circle were skeptical.
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'Good Enough' Turns Great as Warriors Advance

'Good Enough' Turns Great as Warriors Advance
Friday, June 14, 2013
Hannah Leppek pitched a one-hit shutout Friday, not an easy achievement against a hot-hitting softball team playing on the opposite side in an MHSAA Semifinal. Yet the Bay City Western junior wasn't thrilled with her performance, which just reaffirms that the great on...
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USA Follows in Champions' Footsteps

USA Follows in Champions' Footsteps
Friday, June 14, 2013
Tradition perpetuates itself in small kids who looked up to the big kids as heroes. Junior Katie Gremel watched from the stands as an elementary school student as older sister Dani helped Unionville-Sebewaing win three MHSAA Division 3 softball championships. Dani Gr...
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Finals Preview: History Awaits

Finals Preview: History Awaits
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Half of the 16 teams making the trip to this weekend's Softball Finals at Battle Creek's Bailey Park are seeking their first MHSAA championship. Seven of those teams hope to play in a title game for the first time. Five teams – Linden, Dundee, Holton, Grosse ...
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Sacred Heart Standout Goes National

Sacred Heart Standout Goes National
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sara Hansen put together one of the best softball seasons in MHSAA history this spring. And here's the most incredible part -- she's still got two more high school seasons to play. We caught up with Hansen last week while the National Federation of State High School...
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MHSA(Q&)A: Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart's Sara Hansen

MHSA(Q&)A: Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart's Sara Hansen
Friday, July 27, 2012
Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart's Sara Hansen helped her softball team this spring to its first MHSAA Semifinals appearance since 1994. That, in itself, was plenty to celebrate.
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Dansville Believes – And Achieves

Dansville Believes – And Achieves
Friday, June 22, 2012
It's likely that few gave the Dansville softball team a shot to win the Division 4 championship last weekend, given the two-time reigning champion sitting on the opposite side of the bracket. But the Aggies thought they had a chance. And that’s what longtime coac...
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High 5s - 6/19/12

High 5s - 6/19/12
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A pair of Ishpeming Westwood golfers and the Dansville softball team receive the final Second Half High 5s of the 2011-12 school year.
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D4 Softball Final: Dansville Dream Come True

D4 Softball Final: Dansville Dream Come True
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Dansville’s three  MHSAA Semifinal games over the last four seasons included a nine-run loss to Petersburg-Summerfield in 2010, the first of two straight seasons the Bulldogs went on to win the Division 4 title. It was fair to expect a similar result in Satu...
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D1 Softball Final: Safe at Home, Again

D1 Softball Final: Safe at Home, Again
Saturday, June 16, 2012
The combined numbers put up Mattawan and Hudsonville in Saturday’s Division 1 Final at Bailey Park indicate a game that came down to just one play. And Eagles junior shortstop Danielle Freeman made it when she slid into home safely to give her team a 2-1 win in 1...
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D2 Softball Final: The Legend of Hayes

D2 Softball Final: The Legend of Hayes
Saturday, June 16, 2012
The legend of Livonia Ladywood sophomore Lauren Hayes sprouted with two outs left in Friday’s Division 2 Semifinal at Bailey Park. It grew exponentially in Saturday’s championship game.
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D3 Softball Final: Clinton 1st a 2nd Time

D3 Softball Final: Clinton 1st a 2nd Time
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Clinton seniors Tierney Nelson, Haley Mercy and Abi Clark finished their four-year varsity careers and fourth trips to Bailey Park with their team’s second-straight Division 3 championship Saturday. Nelson struck out seven and gave up six hits as the Redskins wer...
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D4 Softball: Dansville's Wait is Over

D4 Softball: Dansville's Wait is Over
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Dansville catcher Rebekah Guy waited four years for Friday’s tears of joy, and through two Semifinals losses when the tears were sorrowful. And her coach Mick Ream pointed out Friday that he’s been waiting 31 years to coach his team in an MHSAA championship ...
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D1 Softball: Hudsonville a Big Hit

D1 Softball: Hudsonville a Big Hit
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Hudsonville had scored at least 10 runs in 16 games this season heading into Friday’s Semifinals at Bailey Park. Simply put, the Eagles can hit. But their performance against Garden City might’ve redefined just how well.
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D2 Softball: Two Pitching Heroes, One Title Shot

D2 Softball: Two Pitching Heroes, One Title Shot
Friday, June 15, 2012
Briana Combs carried Livonia Ladywood as long as she could Friday before her left knee said no more. But thanks to the equally heroic relief of sophomore Lauren Hayes, Combs and the Blazers will get a chance Saturday to win their first MHSAA championship.
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