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Hope Rained Eternal During 1978 Finals

Hope Rained Eternal During 1978 Finals
Thursday, May 31, 2018
“If the weatherman is in a co-operative mood, Michigan’s high school athletes, both boys and girls, will wind up another competitive school year Saturday,” wrote Detroit’s premier high school sports scribe, Hal Schram, 40 years ago just prior to ...
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Performance: Schoolcraft's Lydia Goble

Performance: Schoolcraft's Lydia Goble
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Schoolcraft standout shortstop Lydia Goble has enjoyed a career full of highlights, and added to her most memorable over two games May 23 against Delton Kellogg.  Goble drilled three home runs during the doubleheader to set the MHSAA single-season record at 25&nbs...
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Powerful Kennedy Surges Into HR Chase

Powerful Kennedy Surges Into HR Chase
Friday, May 25, 2018
Julia Kennedy isn’t worried about whether or not she finishes as the all-time home run leader in Michigan prep softball history.  While it’s been a lot of fun chasing the top rung on the ladder, Kennedy has tried not to focus on hitting the long ball.
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Wilkinson Capping Record-Blazing Career

Wilkinson Capping Record-Blazing Career
Friday, May 18, 2018
Rik Ponstein cuts to the chase when he talks about senior pitcher-centerfielder Makenzie Wilkinson. “She’s probably the best player I’ve ever coached,” he said.
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Neighbors, Friends & Coaching Legends

Neighbors, Friends & Coaching Legends
Friday, April 27, 2018
When Kris Hubbard was asked to coach the fledgling Ottawa Lake Whiteford softball team in the late 1970s, the first person she went to for advice was her neighbor, Kay Johnson. Three decades later, the close friends have combined for more than 1,700 victories as two of...
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Catcher's Grit Shines in Health Scares

Catcher's Grit Shines in Health Scares
Monday, April 9, 2018
Evelyn Swantek couldn’t have imagined what her day would be like when she awoke on Aug. 8 of last year. “It came out of nowhere,” she said. “I woke up and couldn’t talk. Part of my face went numb and I couldn’t see out of my right ey...
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Bluestreaks' Run Thrilling, Unforgettable

Bluestreaks' Run Thrilling, Unforgettable
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Dawn Forter will never forget Brooklyn Woelmer’s knowing smile with Ida’s championship hopes one strike from being dashed. The senior shortstop faced reigning champion Richmond and a two-strike count, her team down 3-1 with two outs in the seventh inning of...
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Performance: St Mary's Meghan Beaubien

Performance: St Mary's Meghan Beaubien
Thursday, June 22, 2017
One of the most successful careers in MHSAA softball history came to a close Saturday with one last major feat extending an incredible list.  Senior Meghan Beaubien pitched Monroe St. Mary to a third straight Division 3 championship, striking out 16 and allowing t...
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St Mary's Wins Again to Cap Ace's Career

St Mary's Wins Again to Cap Ace's Career
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Something had to give in Saturday’s Division 3 Final between Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central and Napoleon. All-state pitcher Meghan Beaubien, in 33 innings at Michigan State in Semifinal and Finals action over the last three seasons before Saturday, had allowed ...
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No Just-Miss This Time for Champ Inland Lakes

No Just-Miss This Time for Champ Inland Lakes
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Indian River Inland Lakes didn’t want to leave Michigan State with that same feeling it had a year ago after falling 1-0 to Unionville-Sebewaing in the Division 4 Final. This time around, the Bulldogs combined extra-base power with more solid pitching to claim th...
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Return Trip Ends with Dakota's 1st Title

Return Trip Ends with Dakota's 1st Title
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Macomb Dakota had unfinished business at the Division 1 Softball Final against Grandville on Saturday at Michigan State. The Cougars lost in last year’s Final, 4-0, to Farmington Hills Mercy while pursuing their first MHSAA title. But they earned another shot thi...
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Down to Last Out, Ida Rallies to Win D2

Down to Last Out, Ida Rallies to Win D2
Saturday, June 17, 2017
It took coach Howard Stuart 38 years to lead the Richmond High School girls softball team to an MHSAA Finals title. He was one out away from getting his second against Ida.
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D3 Powers Book Championship Matchup

D3 Powers Book Championship Matchup
Friday, June 16, 2017
Everyone who follows high school softball in Michigan expected another dominating Meghan Beaubien performance in Friday’s first Division 3 Semifinal. But few expected a pitchers dual – broken up only by Beaubien the hitter as Monroe St. Mary Catholic Centra...
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D4 Finalists Step Closer to Long-Awaited Title

D4 Finalists Step Closer to Long-Awaited Title
Friday, June 16, 2017
Over the last two seasons, Indian River Inland Lakes has emerged from its cozy spot tucked 30 miles south of Mackinac Bridge to join the elite of Michigan high school softball. On Thursday, the top-ranked Bulldogs downed seven-time title winner Kalamazoo Christian in a...
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Grandville, Dakota Follow Veterans' Leads

Grandville, Dakota Follow Veterans' Leads
Thursday, June 15, 2017
A powder puff football game was not going to keep the Grandville softball team from making history this season. Ellie Muilenburg made sure of that. The Bulldogs had big plans, but needed her to keep them.
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Richmond, Ida Earn Saturday Return

Richmond, Ida Earn Saturday Return
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Even reigning champions get a little nervous returning to the diamond of their greatest accomplishment. But it took Richmond only a couple innings to get comfortable again at Secchia Stadium while kicking off Thursday’s Division 2 Semifinals.
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Preview: Looking to Take the Final Leap

Preview: Looking to Take the Final Leap
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Two reigning champions but also two 2016 runners-up are headed back to MHSAA Softball Finals weekend at Michigan State University’s Secchia Stadium. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central is playing for its third straight Division 3 title, while Richmond is looking to ...
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Lakeshore Full Strength, in Hunt Again

Lakeshore Full Strength, in Hunt Again
Friday, June 9, 2017
Still competitive and well coached, the Stevensville Lakeshore 2016 varsity softball season had the air sucked out of it shortly after it began. In early April, the Lancers lost their ace and their best glove to injury, and failed to advance from Districts for a second ...
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1977 Baseball, Softball Finals Full of Firsts

1977 Baseball, Softball Finals Full of Firsts
Monday, June 5, 2017
This season’s MHSAA Baseball and Softball Finals will be played in two weeks, June 15-17 at Michigan State University. As we begin to turn our attention to that grand finale for the school year, MHSAA historian Ron Pesch takes on a recollection of the diamond cha...
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Vicksburg Not Done After Historic Run

Vicksburg Not Done After Historic Run
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The first time Grace Stock played softball, she absolutely hated it. The Vicksburg senior was just 8 or 9 at the time, and that dislike lasted all of one game.
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