Softball

Published April 20, 2018

WARREN — Decorated longtime Warren Regina softball coach Diane Laffey said she likes this year’s team, but it’s clear the group has some growing to do.

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Published April 19, 2018

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — With a roster that includes just three seniors and a starting lineup featuring three freshmen, Macomb Lutheran North softball coach Duane Anger has set simple goals for his young team.

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Published April 18, 2018

r graduating six seniors from last year’s team, Berkley High softball coach Liana Easterby won’t have the most experienced squad around this season.

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Published April 17, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — When asked about this roster, Tom Hayman believes his group to be unmatched. The third-year Rochester Hills Stoney Creek softball coach praised his team after an April 13 practice, citing the bond shared on and off the diamond.

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Published April 10, 2018

This isn’t the first rodeo for Jamie Glinz.

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Published April 9, 2018

The Utica Ford II softball team has averaged almost 27 wins a year for the past five seasons, and if that run of success is to continue, Falcons coach Matt Joseph knows what will be the main catalyst.

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Published April 2, 2018

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last season, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s softball team shared a Macomb Area Conference White Division championship with Macomb L’Anse Creuse North.

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Published March 29, 2018

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse softball team doesn’t begin its season until April 12, and coach Lisa Downey is excited about the new campaign.

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Published March 27, 2018

TROY — Armed with only five returning players and three seniors, Troy High softball coach Tom Calnen said that this season is all about perspective.

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Published March 2, 2018

METRO DETROIT — A decade ago, the Michigan High School Athletic Association enjoyed its highest-ever enrollment of officials at 12,400. Today, the number sits at just over 10,000.

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Published November 30, 2017

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All the hours of hard work and practice have paid off for Warren Regina infielder Melina Livingston. The Saddlelites’ senior softball standout signed Nov. 21 to play at Penn State University.

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Published November 14, 2017

Sidney Rayba will continue her softball career nearly in her backyard.

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Published October 4, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Young softball enthusiasts will have the chance to hone their hitting and fielding skills in a clinic put on by a former University of Michigan star.

Sierra Romero — a California native who played for Michigan from 2013 to 2016 — will hold two clinics Oct. 29 at Sterling Heights High: from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. The clinics will take place on the school’s softball field.

Romero currently plays for the Pride (Florida) of the United States Specialty Sports Association.

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Published July 6, 2017

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The 2017 Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association All-Star games will bring the best players in the state together in an event that is always fun, according to MHSSCA President Tom Calnen.

“It’s always special because all of the kids are so great,” said Calnen, who coaches at Troy High. “They’re truly the best of the best in the state, and it’s really cool to have all of them in one place.”

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Published July 5, 2017

MACOMB — It has been a very busy month for Kendahl Dunford.

The Macomb Dakota pitcher graduated, won a state championship and was recently named First Team All-State.

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Published June 28, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Another spring season and another chance to boast about one of the strongest conferences in the state.

That was the case for Oakland Activities Association softball squads in 2017, which had three division races that came down to the final week and one division champ that eventually made it to the state semifinals.

Now with summer in full swing, we take a quick look back at the final standings and who the coaches picked as the best of the best.

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Published June 23, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The record-tying season is still on St. Clair Shores South Lake softball coach Dave Ahearn’s mind.

With a 3-1 win against Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy June 2, the Cavaliers won a fourth straight Division 2 district championship, tying a school record.

Former coach Don Frederick accomplished the feat in the 1990s. Frederick hired Ahearn, who has spent 23 years with the team. Ahearn and Frederick are South Lake alums.

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Published June 20, 2017

For the second straight year, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s softball season ended with a loss to Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central in a Division 3 quarterfinal.

Catholic Central beat Liggett 5-0 June 13 at Carleton Airport before going on to win the program’s third consecutive D-3 state title with a 13-1 victory against Napoleon High.

Earlier in the season, the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association ranked Catholic Central as the No.1 D-3 team in the state, with Liggett at No. 2.

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Published June 19, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — If someone was in scoring position, Anna Dixon was going to bring them in.

If Dixon was on base, she was going to score herself.

Those statements may come off sounding like a guarantee, but for the Farmington Hills Mercy junior softball player, the stats are there to just about back it up.

“She’s a five-tool player,” coach Alec Lesko said about Dixon.

A five-tool player with a knack for generating runs.

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