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Escanaba Finds Home as Softball Champ

Escanaba Finds Home as Softball Champ
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Relative to the other 15 softball teams playing in the MHSAA Semifinals two weekends ago at Michigan State University’s Secchia Stadium, the Escanaba contingent was far from home. But the Eskymos also felt much more at home making the trip to East Lansing of the ...
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Centreville Ends Spring with 'Incredible' Finish

Centreville Ends Spring with 'Incredible' Finish
Saturday, June 16, 2018
It was a big day for the Centreville softball team. After a long wait, the Bulldogs were finally able to see the sequel to "Incredibles." Oh, and they also won the first MHSAA Division 4 softball championship in school history.
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Comeback Coloma Claims 1st Softball Title

Comeback Coloma Claims 1st Softball Title
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Wendy Goodline hadn’t given up hope Saturday with her Coloma softball team trailing by four runs after five innings. But she had started to reflect on how good her team’s season had been, win or lose.
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Escanaba Follows Ace to Historic Finish

Escanaba Follows Ace to Historic Finish
Saturday, June 16, 2018
South Haven managed three hits Saturday, so it wouldn’t be accurate to say Escanaba sophomore Gabi Salo was unhittable in the MHSAA Division 2 softball championship game. But the University of Wisconsin recruit was pretty close.
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Caledonia Completes Championship Climb

Caledonia Completes Championship Climb
Saturday, June 16, 2018
A 2009 Regional Semifinal loss to eventual state champion Hudsonville is the moment Caledonia softball coach Tom Kaechele points to as putting his program on the map. Sammie Gehrls was in the stands that day, watching her sister Alexa pitch in the 2-1, 14-inning thrill...
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Coleman, Centreville Post Semis Shutouts

Coleman, Centreville Post Semis Shutouts
Friday, June 15, 2018
Autumn Tubbs swears that “darn it” was as profane as she allowed herself to get. The Coleman senior shortstop was visibly frustrated with herself after turning out of the way of an inside pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning of a ti...
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1st-Time Title Winner On Deck in D3

1st-Time Title Winner On Deck in D3
Friday, June 15, 2018
Gabbie Sherman never flinched Friday.  The Millington junior pitched her way out of three tight spots, including a tense bottom of the seventh inning, to lead the Cardinals to a 5-3 win against Sanford Meridian in an MHSAA Division 3 Softball Semifinal at Michigan...
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1st-Time Champ Guaranteed in D2

1st-Time Champ Guaranteed in D2
Friday, June 15, 2018
The Escanaba softball team that returned to Secchia Stadium on Thursday may not be too different from those that made trips to the Division 2 Semifinals in 2016 and 2017 as well. But a couple of notable characteristics have the Eskymos sticking around for a few more da...
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Caledonia, Hartland Earn Finals Return

Caledonia, Hartland Earn Finals Return
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Welcome back, Caledonia and Sammie Gehrls. Three seasons after finishing her freshman year at Secchia Stadium, the Fighting Scots’ ace once again has her team one more win from its first MHSAA softball championship.
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Preview: Welcoming Contenders New & Old

Preview: Welcoming Contenders New & Old
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Among Michigan’s smallest high school powers, this season’s MHSAA Softball Tournament has rolled along much as expected. But among the bigger schools, it’s been three weeks of surprises as we head into the season’s final weekend at Michigan Stat...
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Unbeaten Spring Lake Eyes Perfect Finish

Unbeaten Spring Lake Eyes Perfect Finish
Friday, June 8, 2018
It didn’t matter if it was driving rain, scorching heat, prom day, snowflakes, seven-game weeks, high winds, AP testing time or even a high-stakes showdown with archrival Grand Haven in the annual “Battle of the Bridge” at the end of May. This Spring ...
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Hopeful Rogers City Rooted in Tradition

Hopeful Rogers City Rooted in Tradition
Friday, June 1, 2018
When the Rogers City bus rolled into town following a 2013 MHSAA Division 4 Softball Quarterfinal win in Traverse City, it made an impromptu stop. “The bus went down to the Little League fields,” varsity coach Karl Grambau recalled. “They stopped...
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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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