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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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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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