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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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Performance: All Saints' Hannah Ducolon

Performance: All Saints' Hannah Ducolon
Friday, May 19, 2017
Bay City All Saints' Hannah Ducolon will finish her high school career this spring among the most successful hitters in MHSAA history; her career batting average of .638 if she ended her final season today would rank third all-time.  And it certainly got a boost M...
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Joseph Coaching Tree Continues to Bloom

Joseph Coaching Tree Continues to Bloom
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Annis Joseph coached for 53 years, and most of his time as a coach was spent on a baseball diamond in Ferndale.  He and his wife, Josephine, raised seven children, four boys and three girls, and all of the boys played a variety of sports throughout high school. Al...
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Constantine Follows Slugger on Fast Start

Constantine Follows Slugger on Fast Start
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Kim Maddox has an incredible feel for the game of softball. Growing up with significantly impaired hearing, that’s been a necessity. Maddox, a junior slugger at Constantine High School who set her school’s season home run record in 2016 with 11 bombs, has a...
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Top-Ranked Inland Lakes Sets Bar High

Top-Ranked Inland Lakes Sets Bar High
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Rain wiped out a Tuesday doubleheader, but it was not a complete wash for Inland Lakes softball coach Krissi Thompson and her top-ranked Division 4 team. Thompson learned afterward that the Bulldogs will be honored by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Associati...
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Senior-Led Napoleon Fulfilling Promise

Senior-Led Napoleon Fulfilling Promise
Friday, April 28, 2017
Napoleon softball coach Doug Richardson heard about his current group of seniors when they were in middle school. Yet, even with the promising words, Richardson tempered his expectations.
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Veteran Holton Looks to Take Next Steps

Veteran Holton Looks to Take Next Steps
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Holton ace Mikaela Baker couldn’t wait to pitch in last year’s MHSAA Division 4 Softball Quarterfinals against top-ranked Coleman. So when her coach informed her a couple of hours before the showdown that he was going with 14-year-old freshman Haylee Brant ...
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Chemics Developing 'Excellent' Formula

Chemics Developing 'Excellent' Formula
Monday, April 10, 2017
With nine seniors and a handful of other major contributors returning from a team that advanced to the Division 1 Semifinals a year ago, expectations from outside the Midland softball program are sky high. Inside the program, they aren’t shying away from those ex...
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Gladstone Coach Smith Built Champions

Gladstone Coach Smith Built Champions
Monday, October 24, 2016
Gerry Smith put his life into helping area youngsters get a foot into the athletic doorway, and in the process touched the lives of so many people. “Smitty” died Oct. 15 following a lengthy illness. “God got a great softball coach,” said retired...
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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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