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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Published June 17, 2017

EAST LANSING — Redemption.

That was the word that nearly every single Macomb Dakota softball player and coach used when talking about their 4-3 victory against Grandville High in the Division 1 title game June 17.

The win marked the first state championship in program history, one year removed from being tantalizingly close. Dakota fell in the 2016 finale, using that as motivation for a chance to return for a different outcome.

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Published June 16, 2017

ANCHOR BAY — After winning a Division 1 district championship June 3, the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore softball team saw its season end in a 1-0 loss to Anchor Bay High June 10 in a regional semifinal.

The Tars pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the sixth inning as sophomore Callie Tatum singled to center field, scoring senior Felicia Maximiuk from second base.

Anchor Bay went on to fall to Macomb Dakota 7-0 in the regional final.

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Published June 13, 2017

DETROIT — Another rally, another trip to East Lansing.

Down 4-0, it looked like the Macomb Dakota softball team was two innings away from the end of their season. Undeterred, the club notched a run in the sixth inning and then rattled off five more in the seventh to top Garden City High 6-5 in the Division 1 state quarterfinal.

The victory ensured Dakota would return to the state semifinal for the second straight year, heading to Michigan State University where the team finished as runner-up last season.

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Published June 13, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — This was technically the defending state champ, but in more realistic terms, this was a fresh-look Farmington Hills Mercy softball team.

“Starting out, especially the first 10 games or so, it was very rough,” coach Alec Lesko said. “There was a big learning curve. But then they came together. The freshmen started picking it up.”

The defending Division 1 champs had just four seniors and an influx of freshmen.

“These girls were playing middle school softball last year,” Lesko stressed.

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Published June 10, 2017

CLARKSTON — The Utica Eisenhower softball team saw its deepest postseason run in history come to an end, falling 4-3 to Clarkston High in a Division 1 regional title game June 10.

"I'm super proud of our girls," Eisenhower coach Bob Hall said. "We peaked at the right time, playing really good ball in the last month of the season. I'm elated at their accomplishments, very proud to see what was done this season."

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Published June 10, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS— Grosse Pointe North’s softball season came to an end with a 4-3 loss to Garden City High in a Division 1 regional final June 10 at Grosse Pointe South.

North had a 3-1 lead in the last half of the eighth inning until Garden City senior Alicia Ascencio hit a walk-off three-run home run to advance her team to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.

With the game tied 1-1 after seven innings of play, North junior Caitlyn Knorp scored two runs with a base hit that gave her team a lead in the top of the eighth.

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Published June 10, 2017

ANCHOR BAY — After two nail-biting, one-run wins on its way to a Division 1 district title June 3, it was clear the Macomb Dakota softball team wanted to take care of business in the regional round and it did just that, knocking off Anchor Bay High 7-0 in a June 10 regional final. 

The Cougars (33-2) advance to face either Grosse Pointe North or Garden City High in a state quarterfinal set for 4 p.m. June 13 at Wayne State University. The state semifinals and finals take place June 15-17 at Michigan State University.

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Published June 8, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse sophomore infielder Brooke Nadolny had a season to remember.

The team portion of her season didn’t go the way Nadolny would have liked, as the Lancers fell 6-3 to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore June 2 in a Division 1 district final, but Nadolny made a name for herself this spring.

She hit 22 home runs, establishing a new Michigan High School Athletic Association single-season record. Muskegon Mona Shores junior Taylor Dew also hit 22 home runs this season, putting them both in uncharted territory.

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