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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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Next Group Takes Place Among USA Greats

Next Group Takes Place Among USA Greats
Sunday, June 14, 2015
The softball coaches at Unionville-Sebewaing don't need to waste much time talking about tradition to their incoming players. Nearly every athlete who comes into the program has already witnessed that tradition first-hand.
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Forgettable Start, Unforgettable Finish

Forgettable Start, Unforgettable Finish
Sunday, June 14, 2015
The goal for Warren Regina after eight games wasn't to win an MHSAA softball championship. It was much simpler than that: Just win one game. 
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Carrying Heavy Hearts, Wayland Soars

Carrying Heavy Hearts, Wayland Soars
Saturday, June 13, 2015
It should have been one of the happiest moments in Leigha Morse's young life, but she couldn't keep from breaking down in tears. Morse apologized several times for crying while talking about her two-homer performance in Wayland's 11-0 victory over Frankenmuth in the M...
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Aces Shine for Monroe St. Mary, Bronson

Aces Shine for Monroe St. Mary, Bronson
Friday, June 12, 2015
It may not have been a perfect game. But the no-hitter tossed by Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central sophomore Meghan Beaubien on Friday was impressive enough. And Bronson's Skyler Sobeski merely relied on her usual pitches to toss another shutout.
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Regulars Return to D4 Softball Finale

Regulars Return to D4 Softball Finale
Friday, June 12, 2015
With many of the players having graduated that helped lead Kalamazoo Christian to MHSAA Finals the past two seasons, Comets coach Terry Reynolds never expected his young Comets to be back this spring. That’s exactly where the Comets have arrived, however, earnin...
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Highlight Reel: Division 1-2 Softball Semifinals

Highlight Reel: Division 1-2 Softball Semifinals
Friday, June 12, 2015
The first sessions of MHSAA Softball Semifinals were played Thursday at McLane Stadium at Michigan State University. Caledonia and Warren Regina in Division 1 and Frankenmuth and Wayland in Division 2 advanced to Saturday’s championship games.
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Fear Not; Caledonia Continues Record Run

Fear Not; Caledonia Continues Record Run
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Everything about Thursday afternoon should have been at least a little intimidating for Caledonia and pitcher Samantha Gehrls. The Fighting Scots were playing in their first MHSAA Semifinal. They were facing a Farmington Hills Mercy team that had hit 27 home runs. Did ...
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Savvy Seniors Lead Frankenmuth to Final

Savvy Seniors Lead Frankenmuth to Final
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Senioritis always weighs on a spring coach’s mind. It can drain the potential from the best of MHSAA championship contenders. Frankenmuth softball coach Brad Walraven discussed that possibility once with his team, which includes seven recent graduates. And then ...
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Preview: 4 Take Next Step for 1st Time

Preview: 4 Take Next Step for 1st Time
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Most teams journeying to Secchia Stadium at Michigan State University this weekend will be doing so for the first time, as this is only the second season MSU has hosted MHSAA Softball Finals weekend. But for Caledonia, Carleton Airport, St. Clair and Montague, the trip...
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Rogers City Makes Dream Come True

Rogers City Makes Dream Come True
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Nikki Radke and Morgan Hall couldn’t have dreamed up a better senior season. Rogers City has been out for revenge ever since Kalamazoo Christian eliminated the Hurons in last year’s Division 4 Semifinal.
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Gladstone Follows 'Rally Girl' to D3 Win

Gladstone Follows 'Rally Girl' to D3 Win
Saturday, June 14, 2014
On Friday, Gladstone pitcher Tinner Sharon gave up back-to-back home runs to Coloma in the seventh inning before the Braves came back in the eighth to win their MHSAA Division 3 Semifinal. On Saturday, Sharon found herself in a similar position – and was anything...
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Coach's Hunch Proves True for Lakeshore

Coach's Hunch Proves True for Lakeshore
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Denny Dock remembers looking at his team midway through the regular season and thinking, “We’re on the verge of being something special.” It turns out, the Stevensville Lakeshore coach in his 25th year was right.
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Bay City Western Finishes 1st Title Run

Bay City Western Finishes 1st Title Run
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Hannah Leppek tried not to think about last year. Easier said than done. After leading and then losing last year’s Division 1 championship game to Mattawan, Leppek was determined not to let this one slip away.
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D4 Semis: 2013 Foes Set to Meet Again

D4 Semis: 2013 Foes Set to Meet Again
Friday, June 13, 2014
Rebekah VanDam knows opponents are aiming for Kalamazoo Christian. And that's certainly true of Rogers City, which lost to the Comets in last season's Semifinals and face them in Saturday's MHSAA Division 4 championship game.
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D3 Semis: Contenders Survive Comebacks

D3 Semis: Contenders Survive Comebacks
Friday, June 13, 2014
Home runs were flying out of Secchia Stadium as Clinton and Coloma battled back during Friday's MHSAA Division 3 Semifinals. But Gladstone and Unionville-Sebewaing held on through power surges to secure their spots in Saturday's championship game.
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D2 Semis: Confident Contenders Roll On

D2 Semis: Confident Contenders Roll On
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Rozlyn Price’s gutsy performance Thursday afternoon at Secchia Stadium had less to do with how far she’s come in the last year as it was about how far she’s come over the last month. And Stevensville Lakeshore had plenty to prove as well after running...
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D1 Semis: Pitchers Hit Big for Finalists

D1 Semis: Pitchers Hit Big for Finalists
Thursday, June 12, 2014
A pair of senior pitchers used their right arms and softball bats to carry their respective teams to victories in Thursday's MHSAA Division 1 Softball Semifinals. Portage Central's Gina Verduczo threw a no-hitter and drove in the lone run in the first game, while Bay ...
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Preview: Familiar Contenders, New Home

Preview: Familiar Contenders, New Home
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
This weekend, for the first time, the MHSAA Softball Semifinals and Finals will be played at Michigan State University’s Secchia Stadium. But although the tournament’s new stage might be unfamiliar to most, many of the 16 finalists should feel at home playi...
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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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