Published May 3, 2011

BERKLEY — Ken DePerro wanted to get away. He sought a mini break from what tends to become a bit routine at this time of year.

So the Berkley High softball coach looked for a tournament that would require his girls to face teams they hadn’t, and probably won’t, soon again face.

He searched near and far before landing on one hosted by Alma High, a school in a small town a few hours away and just south of Mount Pleasant.

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Published April 13, 2011

TROY — Tom Calnen will never forget last July’s meeting with Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association.

And it has nothing to do with the fact it was his first serving as the association’s president.

“No, it’s because they asked me to leave the room,” Calnen said with a huge laugh last week. “I later learned why, which was pretty great.”

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Published April 12, 2011

BERKLEY — For Berkley High softball coach Ken DePerro, the weather is a test for more than just the field his squad plays on.

“One of the big things is, this weather has been awful and (the team) doesn’t complain. They don’t complain as much as I do,” DePerro said with a laugh. “I think they want to play, and I think that’s a key for any athlete. We’ve got a bunch of young ladies that want to play, want to be here and want to work.”

Sophomore captain Madelyn Oliver echoed those sentiments.

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Published April 5, 2011

FERNDALE — Ferndale High softball coach Anthony Smith keeps it simple.

“We always set goals,” he said during practice March 31. “I tell the kids every time we step on the field, we’re there to win the game — I don’t care who we’re playing. That is our goal.”

Last season, Smith’s first with the program, the Eagles did their share of winning with a senior-laden squad, finishing 8-6 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division and 14-17 overall.

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Published April 6, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Not everyone would be up to the task of inheriting a championship team with the expectations of repeating as league champs and making another run in the state tournament.

But new St. Clair Shores Lakeview softball coach Becky Quinn is embracing the challenge.
Last season, the Huskies finished 27-8 overall, 8-2 and co-champions of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division for their fifth consecutive league crown, capturing a district title and making a regional final appearance for the third straight year.

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Published March 30, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — Fred Marinucci is preaching patience right now, to his team and to himself.

There’s no other remedy for what the early portions of the season are sure to bring about for his Farmington Hills Mercy softball squad — a group loaded with talent, dominated by youth and bubbling with potential.

Now the challenge is putting all that together without much experience to fall back on.

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