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2007

CONGRATULATIONS TO  OUR ALL STATE SELECTEES!


W-H softball honors teams
 
All-Nebraska

First Team
P - Ashley Hagemann, Elkhorn Sr. 25-1
P - Kylie Hovinga, Papillion-La Vista Sr. 26-4
P - Alexa Mackevicius, Papillion-LV South Sr. 25-2
C - Lauren Larson, Millard North Sr. .386
IF - Nicole Haget, Elkhorn Sr. .550
IF - Mariah Montgomery, Ralston Jr. .416
IF - Jamie Gay, Beatrice Sr. .495
IF - Molly Feichtinger, Om. Marian Sr. .451
OF - Devon Reick, Ralston Jr. .469
OF - Molly Negrete, Millard South Jr. .409
OF - Lindsay Redding, Papillion-La Vista Jr. .339
DP - Megan Southworth, Papillion-La Vista Jr. .464
DP - Madison Drake, Lincoln Southwest Sr. .417
• Honorary Captain - Ashley Hagemann, Elkhorn

Second Team
P - Mallory Johnsen, Beatrice Sr. 22-7
P - Ashley Dunn, Lincoln Southwest Jr. 13-5
P - Kelsie Novotny, Millard North Jr. 16-11
C - Liz Hullinger, Elkhorn Sr. .536
IF - Krista Steen, Papillion-LV South Sr. .381
IF - Shelly Martin, Om. Westside Sr. .441
IF - Amanda Neumann, Papillion-La Vista Jr. .368
IF - Alyssa Kirsch, Papillion-LV South Sr. .366
OF - Dani Bryant, Lincoln Southwest Sr. .434
OF - Emily Perry, Papillion-LV South Jr. .348
OF - Rachel Plessing, Blair Sr. .463
DP - Amy Monson, Papillion-La Vista Sr. .373
DP - Amy Baker, Om. Westside Jr. .433

Class A

First Team
P - Kylie Hovinga, Papillion-La Vista Sr. 26-4
P - Alexa Mackevicius, Papillion-LV South Sr. 25-2
P - Ashley Dunn, Lincoln Southwest Jr. 13-5
C - Lauren Larson, Millard North Sr. .386
IF - Molly Feichtinger, Om. Marian Sr. .451
IF - Madison Drake, Lincoln Southwest Sr. .417
IF - Krista Steen, Papillion-LV South Sr. .381
IF - Shelly Martin, Om. Westside Sr. .441
OF - Molly Negrete, Millard South Jr. .409
OF - Lindsay Redding, Papillion-La Vista Jr. .339
OF - Dani Bryant, Lincoln Southwest Sr. .434
DP - Megan Southworth, Papillion-La Vista Jr. .464
DP - Emily Perry, Papillion-LV South Jr. .348
• Honorary Captain - Kylie Hovinga, Papillion-La Vista

Second Team
P - Kelsie Novotny, Millard North Jr. 16-11
P - Shelby Mendlik, Om. Marian So. 12-4
C - Amy Baker, Om. Westside Jr. .433
IF - Amanda Neumann, Papillion-La Vista Jr. .368
IF - Alyssa Kirsch, Papillion-LV South Sr. .366
IF - Amy Monson, Papillion-La Vista Sr. .373
IF - Jennifer Bohle, Om. Westside Sr. .349
OF - Kassie Nurton, Om. Marian Jr. .402
OF - Jennifer Brown, Millard North Jr. .356
OF - Jami Thramer, Millard South Sr. .367
DP - Amanda Forgey, Lincoln East Sr. .476
DP - Becky Seidel, Columbus Sr. .420
DP - Kayla Kowalski, Millard South Sr. .355

• Class A honorable mention: Bellevue East: Makenzie Michael. Bellevue West: Erica McCoy, Morgan Brazeal. Columbus: Ashley Szelag, Mollie Jones, Jaisa Gutierrez. Fremont: Vicki Nielsen, Annie Hoesing, Jessica Spalding. Grand Island: Mackenzie Tomlin, Gabby Ayala. Kearney: Emily Girard. Lincoln East: Jamie Zillig, Katelyn Peterson, Katlyn Raatz. Lincoln High: Katie Martin. Lincoln North Star: Lindsey Cale, Page Policky, Jamie Peterson. Lincoln Southeast: Sarah Hoehne, Matley Jones, Courtney Gau, KK Houser. Lincoln Southwest: Jackie Nordell, Becca Changstrom, Ashley Janssen. Millard North: Danielle Christianson. Millard South: Jordan King, Kathy Curtis, Alyssa Kilgore. Millard West: Christine Borowiak. North Platte: Jennifer Kramer, Kelsey Coffman. Omaha Benson: Jessica Gabrie. Omaha Burke: Sarah Gamache, Emily Heairet, KayCee Miller. Omaha Marian: Danii Sandel. Omaha North: Kylee Polsley, Grace Rich. Omaha Westside: Christa Ruf, Claire Friesen, Sarah Scigo. Papillion-La Vista: Kaylee Richards, Marlee Petersen. Papillion-La Vista South: Chelse Koca, Becky Dunn.

Class B

First Team
P - Ashley Hagemann, Elkhorn Sr. 25-1
P - Mallory Johnsen, Beatrice Sr. 22-7
P - Gina Mackevicius, Om. Skutt Sr. 20-12
C - Liz Hullinger, Elkhorn Sr. .536
IF - Nicole Haget, Elkhorn Sr. .550
IF - Mariah Montgomery, Ralston Jr. .416
IF - Jamie Gay, Beatrice Sr. .495
IF - Jessica Einspahr, McCook Sr. .360
OF - Devon Reick, Ralston Jr. .469
OF - Rachel Plessing, Blair Sr. .463
OF - Leslie Neiman, Elkhorn Sr. .390
DP - Cassie Baete-Jobman, Beatrice Sr. .418
DP - Amy Dreessen, Elkhorn Jr. .536
• Honorary Captain - Ashley Hagemann, Elkhorn

Second Team
P - Kirstie Hiatt, McCook Sr. 14-4
P - Mackenzie Welchert, Blair So. 20-7
P - Nicole Sempek, Columbus Lakeview Sr. 16-4
C - Devin Choate, Beatrice Sr. .402
IF - Tina Winter, Ralston Jr. .350
IF - Amanda Teshack, Ralston Sr. .393
IF - Amanda Einspahr, McCook Fr. .385
IF - Sarah Rome, Blair So. .486
OF - Emily Dittmer, Crete Sr. .449
OF - Ellen Homan, Om. Skutt So. .326
OF - Melanie Patrick, Hastings Sr. .383
DP - Austin Wilson, McCook Sr. .400
DP - Brooke Cronican, Ralston Sr. .359

• Class B honorable mention: Blair: Katie Pawol, Maggie Warrick, Taylor Fernau. Chadron: Nikki Ritzen, Trina Kuhnel, Brooke Grant. Columbus Lakeview: Dani Went, Jenna Alswager, Brooke Groteluschen. Conestoga/Weeping Water: Arie Thorne, Rebekka Hammer. Cozad: Brittany Hunke. Crete: Becca Havlat, Terra Smith, Amanda Tretheway. David City: Brittany Karber. Elkhorn: Brittany Hoock, Megan Borcher. Falls City: Kayla Fritz. Fairbury: Kenzie Helmink. Grand Island NW: Mikaela Klein, Tristian Birch, Kelly Olsufka. Gering: Chelsey Richter. Gretna: Tami LeMaster. Hastings: Kyndell Princ, Angelica Bishop. Hastings Adams Central: Katie Bonifas. Holdrege: Aubri Townsend. Lexington: Allison Seberger. Lincoln Pius X: Jamie Reed, Steph Webb, Lauren Bodfield. McCook: Marissa Wallace, Danae McCorkle. Nebraska City: Krisa Tyson. Omaha Duchesne: Taylor Bridges. Omaha Gross: Rachel Dukich. Omaha Mercy: Katie Malloy. Omaha Skutt: Emily Banghart. Plattsmouth: Kasey Maddux. Ralston: Megan Wagman. Scottsbluff: Hailee Wilson, DeNae Quijas. Seward: Brittany Telecky, Heather Post. Waverly: Amanda Beeson, Taylor Flodman.

Class C

First Team
P - Traci Aschoff, Milford Sr. 22-4
P - Bethany Davison, O'Neill Sr. 22-6
P - Shannon Jarvi, Wayne So. 20-3
C - Sarah Weber, Milford Jr. .373
IF - Leigh Gramke, Tekamah-Herman Sr. .429
IF - Kim Sladek, Fill. Cent./E-M Sr. .489
IF - Taylor Cameron, Syracuse Sr. .376
IF - Kiley Ruff, Bennington Sr. .359
OF - Cherilynn Lund, Tekamah-Herman Sr. .424
OF - Morgan Kleinschmidt, Fill. Cent./E-M Sr. .330
OF - Brooke Sass, Bennington Fr. .367
DP - Nicole Rauner, Wayne Jr. .436
DP - Danielle Mowinkel, Logan View Sr. .368
• Honorary Captain - Traci Aschoff, Milford

Second Team
P - Lyndsay Drumm, Bennington Sr. 14-3
P - Cara Cameron, Tekamah-Herman Jr. 16-7
P - Alyssa Kreikemeier, West Point CC Sr. 17-8
C - Allie Frost, Douglas County West Sr. .422    (ALLIE was First Team in Lincoln Paper)
IF - Jaci Mowinkel, West Point CC Sr. .341
IF - Kate Erickson, Central City Jr. .517
IF - Natalie Jeppeson, Milford Sr. .350
IF - Haley Strobel, High Plains Jr. .459
OF - Brittany Asche, Wahoo Sr. .406
OF - Justine Dethlefs, St. Paul Sr. .576
DP - Samantha Stonys, Bennington Jr. .374
DP - Kasey Romohr, Centennial Jr. .327
DP - Elli Spaulding, Syracuse Sr. .412

• Class C honorable mention: Arlington: Sydney Hein, Becca Goodwin. Ashland-Greenwood: Lexie Martin, Sarah Kwiatkowski. Auburn: Mackenzie Gerdes, Courtney DeBuhr. Battle Creek/Elkhorn Valley: Beth Schmidt, Katie Geary. Centennial: Kerra Grantski. Central City: Amy Mesner. Tabitha Russell. Chase County: Tabitha Russell, Ali Titus. Cross County: Melanie Baker, Megan Brooke. Douglas County West: Taylor Dunker. Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan: Maddy Emshoff. Friend: Krista Menke. Gothenburg: Brooke Ballmer, Breanne Messersmith, Vanessa Linegar. High Plains Community: Ashley Fleming. Logan View: Kristin Ristau. Milford: Allison Brandt. North Bend Central/Scribner-Snyder: Lindsey Hull, Megan Jensen. St. Paul: Sarah Rasmussen. Southern: Danae Disney. Syracuse: Kelly Neels. Tekamah-Herman: Chelsea Maslowsky, Lisa Maslowsky, Erin Krause. Thayer Central: Melissa Bulin, Becky Wiedel. Twin River: Tanya Snyder, Kayla Mohr. Wahoo: Kelsey Loos, Kali Pfeiffer. Wahoo Neumann: Riley Jelinek. Wayne: Alesha FinkeyRiley Hofart, Amanda Pieper. West Point Central Catholic: Chelsea Franzluebbers. Wilber-Clatonia: Lacey Hyde. Yutan-Mead: Kaylea Kult, Amanda Hart, Shelbi Fisher.

All-Metro Conference

P - Kylie Hovinga, Papillion-La Vista Sr. 26-4
P - Alexa Mackevicius, Papillion-LV South Sr. 25-2
P - Kelsie Novotny, Millard North Jr. 16-11
C - Lauren Larson, Millard North Sr. .386
IF - Molly Feichtinger, Om. Marian Sr. .451
IF - Krista Steen, Papillion-LV South Sr. .381
IF - Shelly Martin, Om. Westside Sr. .441
IF - Amanda Neumann, Papillion-La Vista Jr. .368
OF - Molly Negrete, Millard South Jr. .409
OF - Lindsay Redding, Papillion-La Vista Jr. .339
OF - Emily Perry, Papillion-LV South Jr. .348
DP - Megan Southworth, Papillion-La Vista Jr. .464
DP - Amy Baker, Om. Westside Jr. .433
• Honorary Captain - Kylie Hovinga, Papillion-La Vista

All-Omaha Area

P - Ashley Hagemann, Elkhorn Sr. 25-1
P - Gina Mackevicius, Om. Skutt Sr. 20-12
P - Mackenzie Welchert, Blair So. 20-7
C - Liz Hullinger, Elkhorn Sr. .536
IF - Nicole Haget, Elkhorn Sr. .550
IF - Mariah Montgomery, Ralston Jr. .416
IF - Amy Dreessen, Elkhorn Jr. .536
IF - Tina Winter, Ralston Jr. .350
OF - Devon Reick, Ralston Jr. .469
OF - Rachel Plessing, Blair Sr. .463
OF - Leslie Neiman, Elkhorn Sr. .390
DP - Amanda Teshack, Ralston Sr. .393
DP - Sarah Rome, Blair So. .486
• Honorary captain - Ashley Hagemann, Elkhorn
 

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO BRITTANY HOOCK AND AMY DREESEN

THE ELKHORN ANTLERS ARE

CLASS B STATE CHAMPIONS !!!


Class B: Antlers rally for state title


 
Beatrice third baseman Jamie Gay hit a first inning home run to left-center field off Elkhorn pitcher and Nebraska recruit Ashley Hagemann that gave the Lady Orange a 1-0 lead at the Smith Softball Complex.

Antlers coach Terry Graver said his top-ranked team had trailed "maybe two or three times all year" prior to the title game. For the coach in the third base box it was a little scary, but for his three-year ace on the mound, it was a challenge.

"We weren't scared," Hagemann said. "We just had to go out and work a little harder."

Hagemann did her part with a home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth that tied the game 1-1. The Lady Orange regained that lead in the top of the fifth when center fielder Jina Hamm led off with a single and scored on a sacrifice by Kylie Bartholomew.

This time the Antlers didn't wait as long. They scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on RBI singles by catcher Liz Hullinger and first baseman Amy Dreessen.

Hagemann then got the final four of her 12 strikeouts in the last two innings to successfully end a season that produced Class B records for best record (30-1), most consecutive state championships (four) and strikeouts in a career by Hagemann (1,087).

"All of that will mean something someday," Graver said. "We're just pleased we were able to win because Ralston has that tradition, Blair is a good young team and Beatrice is always Beatrice."

The Antlers earned their spot in the title game with a 2-0 victory over Beatrice Friday morning. The Lady Orange needed eight innings to defeat Ralston 5-2 for the other championship berth.

Hamm hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the seventh against the Rams to force the extra inning. Ralston advanced to that game after polishing off Blair 8-0 in 5 innings.

The third-ranked Rams scored five runs in the first inning and opened the game with back-to-back doubles by Devon Reick and Amanda Teshack before shortstop Mariah Montgomery drove them in with a three-run home run.

Beatrice coach Dennis Dodge also knew every game in the balanced Class B tournament would be a challenge. Though his team came up one run short of forcing a second game, he was pleased with the way his 29-7 team progressed through both the season and tournament.

"We wanted to leave it all on the field," Dodge said. "Jamie set the tone with the home run right off the bat. The girls got a second wind after that win over Ralston and mentally they were prepared, but physically they had tired feet."


Beatrice (29-7).........................100 010 0—2 3 0
Elkhorn (30-1).........................000 120 x—3 7 0
• At Smith Softball Complex
• W: Ashley Hagemann (25-1). L: Mallory Johnsen (22-7). 2B: E, Steph Reynolds. HR: B, Jamie Gay; E: Ashley Hagemann

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State Softball: Beatrice wins, awaits Elkhorn



 
HASTINGS, Neb. — Memories of an unusually early exit from last year's Class B state softball tournament helped Beatrice remain undefeated Thursday through the first two rounds of the 2007 tourney.

After brushing aside host Hastings with a 10-0, four-inning victory in the first round at the Smith Softball Complex, the Lady Orange beat Blair 1-0 behind Mallory Johnsen's three-hit, seven-strikeout performance and Morgan Eskra's fourth-inning single that drove home Jamie Gay.

Blair had knocked off Beatrice 10-1 in the second round to eliminate the Lady Orange after the first day of last year's state tournament. Not since 1999 had the Lady Orange been sent home from state that early.

"Blair's a solid team, but the girls were really fired up to play them," said Beatrice coach Dennis Dodge, whose team improved to 28-5. "They knocked us out last year, and (our players) wanted to get revenge."

The win set the No. 2-ranked Lady Orange up for a noon winners bracket game today against three-time defending champion and top-ranked Elkhorn. The Antlers improved to 28-1 with a 10-1, six-inning win over unranked Gretna before a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Ralston.

Ralston and Blair kept their championship hopes alive by winning elimination games Thursday evening and will play today at noon. The Rams defeated McCook 6-0 and Blair edged Seward 3-2.

Today's Elkhorn-Beatrice battle is a rematch of a Sept. 8 game in which Elkhorn rallied for a 2-1 win in the Columbus Invitational.

"We led most of the game, but Elkhorn came back at the end," Dodge said. "The girls are confident they can play with them."

Not many teams have been able to hang with the Antlers this season. Nebraska recruits Nikki Haget and Ashley Hagemann led the way in both games Thursday. Haget had three hits and scored three runs in the win over Gretna, while Hagemann had nine strikeouts.

Hagemann then kept Ralston's potent lineup in check with 15 strikeouts to raise her career total to a Class B record 1,061, and Brittany Hoock provided the offense with a two-run home run in the second inning.

"Ralston did a great job coming back against Seward, and then we played a typical Ralston-Elkhorn game," Antlers coach Terry Graver said. "Every out, every pitch, every base runner means something when we play them."

Ralston was down to its final out against Seward before two Rams reached on walks. Junior center fielder Devon Reick and senior second baseman Amanda Teshack followed with RBI singles that gave the Rams a 7-6 victory.

"I told the girls a sign of a good team is one that can fight to win even with two outs," Ralston coach Mike Smith said. "We didn't play great, but they fought and it worked out."

In other games:

• Beatrice 10, Hastings 0, 4 innings: Cassie Baete-Johnson and Devin Choate both homered for Beatrice.

• Blair 3, McCook 1: Rachel Plessing was 2 for 3 for the Bears and Marissa Wallace hit a seventh-inning home run for McCook to prevent the shutout.

• Seward 3, Gretna 0: Brittany Telecky threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Bluejays eliminated the Dragons.

• McCook 7, Hastings 1: Kirstie Hiatt had 15 strikeouts for the Bison and the Tigers committed six errors after four miscues in their loss to Beatrice.

• Ralston 6, McCook 0: Winning pitcher Brooke Cronican and Devon Reick both had doubles, and Cronican scattered three hits for the 25-7 Rams.

• Blair 3, Seward 2: The Bears scored all of their runs in the top of the sixth before Seward's Hailey Behlen broke up Mackenzie Welchert's no-hitter with a two-run home run.
 

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Nebraska state tournament capsules

CLASS A

• Papillion-La Vista South: 4th state appearance
• Coach: Dan Hogan
• Record, W-H rating: 34-1, 1st
• Leading hitters: Krista Steen, .413; Alyssa Kirsch, .360; Emily Perry, .356; Alexa Mackevicius, .347; Chelse Koca, .317
• Leading pitchers: Alexa Mackevicius, 23-0, 0.45 ERA; Rebecca Dunn, 11-1, 0.78 ERA


CLASS B

• Elkhorn: 10th state appearance (champion 2004, 2005, 2006; runner-up 2000, 2001)
• Coach: Terry Graver
• Record, W-H rating: 26-1, 1st
• Leading hitters: Ashley Hagemann, .534, Nikki Haget, .534, Amy Dreessen, .494, Liz Hullinger, .386, Erin Hullinger, .341
• Leading pitcher: Ashley Hagemann, 21-1, 0.31 ERA

• Ralston: 13th appearance (champion 1997, 1998, 1999); runner-up 1995 (Class A, 2003, 2006)
• Coach: Mike Smith
• Record, W-H rating: 23-6, 3rd
• Leading hitters: Devon Reick, .484; Mariah Montgomery, .425; Christina Winter, .402; Brooke Cronican, .394; Amanda Teshack, .371
• Leading pitchers: Brooke Cronican, 15-6, 1.82 ERA; Megan Wagman, 8-0, 1.66 ERA
 

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Nebraska Softball Tourney: Veterans hope to carry Elkhorn to a fourth straight title


 
HASTINGS, Neb. — The Elkhorn Antlers are proving to be elusive targets again.

The Antlers will enter the Class B state softball tournament Thursday chasing an unprecedented fourth straight crown. Only the Ralston teams from 1997 through 1999 can match Elkhorn's run of success.

The 26-1 Antlers, who will play Eastern Midlands Conference rival Gretna in a 10 a.m. first-round game at the Smith Softball Complex, also have their sights set on becoming the first Class B team to finish a season with one loss.

It was Ralston, a potential second-round opponent Thursday, that tripped Elkhorn in the 2006 championship round to force a second game that the Antlers won 8-3 for the third state title. Those last two games left Elkhorn with a 30-2 record, the best mark for a Class B school.

The Elkhorn T-shirts this year say "Fear the Deer."

Antlers coach Terry Graver said his players understand that while opponents may respect what Elkhorn has accomplished, the Antlers' foes want to spoil their run at history.

"These kids have been through it the last three years, so they're used to it," Graver said. "Since we won that first one, we've been rated No. 1 in the entire state off and on, so I guess that gives people something more to shoot at."

Instead of that being viewed as a barrier to success, Graver said, it has brought out the best in a group of players led by junior Amy Dreessen and seniors Ashley Hagemann, Nikki Haget, Liz Hullinger and Leslie Neiman.

"That's the way it is at Elkhorn right now," Graver said. "People are always trying to get you, and you just have to play that much harder. They know this is going to be a tough tournament, but they've been focused all year on their high school season because so many of them realize it's their last."

The Triple H set of seniors — Hagemann, Haget and Hullinger — have been the core of Elkhorn's success since 2005 with a record of 87-7 (.926 winning percentage). Add in the 2004 title won when they were freshmen, and the Antlers are 119-11 (.915) during that time.

Hagemann is the Nebraska recruit who was the honorary captain of The World-Herald's All-Nebraska team last season. After battling through a leg injury midway through the season, Hagemann has posted a 21-1 record with a 0.31 ERA while nearing the career milestone of 1,000 strikeouts.

Graver said Hagemann has never performed better than she did in last month's Eastern Midlands Conference title victory over Blair, when she threw a perfect game with 18 strikeouts in a 5-0 victory.

"They put three balls in play against her and fouled off four five others," Graver said. "That was it. That's the best she's ever pitched."

Hagemann also set a Class B state record with 20 strikeouts in a 6-0 victory over Fremont. That victory over Blair in the EMC finals — and another 5-0 win over the Bears on Oct. 5 in the District B-3 championship game — avenged Elkhorn's 6-4 loss the Blair on Sept. 4 that ended the Antlers' bid for a perfect season.

Hagemann and Haget, who also will be playing for the Huskers next season, are hitting .534. Haget, a speedy second baseman, has scored a team-leading 39 runs to go with her team-high 47 hits.

Dreessen, Hullinger and Neiman are hitting .386 or better entering what could be the final four games. But Graver said his team isn't ready to look at the potentially historic numbers.

"I have not mentioned any of that stuff to the girls one time this season," Graver said. "They know it's out there, but they haven't talked about it.

"That's something later on you can think about and enjoy, but when the season's going on you're so tied up in the next opponent, trying to get better and just keep playing."
 

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Nebraska Softball Tourney: Titans driven to stay longer



 
Winning all of those one- and two-run games this season hasn't been just an incredible run of good fortune for the Papillion-La Vista South softball team.

Strong pitching and defense, a year-round commitment to strength training and consistent clutch hitting have put No. 1-ranked Papillion-La Vista South (34-1) in position to win a state title in the program's fifth season.

Papillion-La Vista South will open the Class A state tournament at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Hastings against Grand Island (14-24) as the Titans aim for a berth in Friday's 5 p.m. final.

Senior third baseman Krista Steen said an empty feeling after the past two state tournaments is driving the Titans to be a team everyone remembers.

"We just want it more than everybody else," Steen said. "Our team of seniors really wants to win. What happened last year showed us we couldn't just show up and win. We had to work harder during the offseason."

Last year, the Titans were ranked second heading into the state tournament but finished 1-2. Papillion-La Vista South came within one out of making the 2005 final but dropped a 7-6, nine-inning decision to Papillion-La Vista.

Papillion-La Vista South hasn't lost since the second game of a Sept. 13 doubleheader with Millard South and is the second Class A team to reach the state tournament with one defeat. Lincoln Southeast went to the 2001 state tournament with a 39-1 record but finished 42-3. Papillion-La Vista beat the Knights twice en route to the state title.

Ten of the Titans' 34 victories have been by one run, and eight other wins have been two-run decisions. They scored more than nine runs only three times in their other 16 victories.

"I've never had a season where everything has fallen into place in tight games," coach Dan Hogan said. "The players are very resilient. They just have a lot of heart, and we've had some great leadership."

More than one or two Titans have been late-inning heroes. Whether it's Steen, Alyssa Kirsch, Emily Perry, Chelse Koca, Kylie Kohler or Alexa Mackevicius, no Titan is afraid of a late-inning challenge.

When they do have a lead, Mackevicius has cooled opponents' bats from the mound. The Creighton recruit has a 23-0 record with a 0.45 ERA.

Hogan also credits a year-round strength and conditioning program for success in the late innings and the days when the Titans have played three or four games.

"It just helps the kids get stronger and faster," Hogan said. "In 2005 we had 40 extra-base hits, and the next year we had 70. That's no coincidence."

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Papillion-La Vista South 1, Lincoln North Star 0: Krista Steen drove in Jenny Johnson for the game's lone run for the Top 10 No. 1 Titans.
David City 0, 6 inn.: Erin Hullinger and Amy Dresseen each had a double and a single for Elkhorn.
 

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Washington County Pilot

9/28/2007 8:47:00 AM   
 
Rasmussen's home run lifts Bears
A trio of Blair pitchers combine to shutout Plattsmouth in EMC Tourney win.

Jack Denker
Sports Editor

When a listless Blair softball team needed a spark against Plattsmouth last Tuesday night, during the first-round of the Eastern Midlands Conference Tournament, Jordan Rasmussen provided it with one swing of the bat.

With the Class B No. 6-rated Bears nursing a 2-0 lead, Rasmussen stepped to the plate in the fourth inning and launched a two-run homer to the deepest part of center field.

The sophomore shortstop's towering blast gave her teammates a lift and powered Blair to a 5-0 win over the Blue Devils.

"The pitch came in right where I like it (down the middle)," Rasmussen said. "There was a runner on second base, so I knew I had to bring her in. I knew it (the softball) was going out as soon as I hit it."

Prior to Rasmussen's home run, her second one of the season, the Bears sputtered offensively.

Through three innings of play, Blair was held hitless by Plattsmouth freshman pitcher Shelby Kendelin.

The Bears did manage to score two runs in the third inning, though, when Carly Nielsen and Rachel Plessing were brought home by a pair of Blue Devil throwing errors.

"We had some trouble adjusting to a slower pitcher early in the game," Rasmussen said. "We felt that if we could string some hits together, we could get things going as the game moved along."

The Blair hitters did get things going during their final three at bats. Taylor Fernau led off the fourthframe with a single. She later scored on Rasmussen's home run.

Then in the fifth inning, Plessing singled and stole second, before Sarah Rome drove her in with a double.

In all, the Bears scored the final three runs of the contest on their only four hits of the night.

The five Blair runs were more than enough to secure victory, however, as three Bear pitchers combined to limit Plattsmouth (6-12) to three hits without scoring a run.

MacKenzie Welchert started the game in the circle for BHS and struck out the only three batters she faced.

Nielsen entered the game in relief of Welchert in the second inning and struck out five Blue Devils over the next two innings to earn the win.

Olivia Warrick finished up by striking out two PHS hitters over the final four innings to earn the save.

"This win should build our confidence for the rest of the tournament," Rasmussen said. "We've already beat all the teams in our conference at least once this season, so hopefully we can keep that going."

The win advanced the Bears (18-3) into the EMC Tournament semifinals this Thursday in Plattsmouth.

Editor's Note: Blair was scheduled to play Nebraska City in the semifinals yesterday. The results of that game, and the rest of the EMC Tournament were not available at press time for this issue of the Enterprise. See Tuesday's Pilot-Tribune for complete coverage.
 

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Published Tuesday  |  October 2, 2007
Nebraska prep softball results

• Papillion-LV South 3, Om. Marian 2: Krista Steen was 2 for 4 for the Top 10 No. 1 Titans (30-1)

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Prep softball results

• Papillion-La Vista South 8, Om. Bryan 0, 6 inn.: Jessica Grothe homered to back a one-hitter by Becky Dunn, who had 12 strikeouts for 25-1 Papillion-La Vista South.

Eastern Midlands Conf. Tournament
Semifinals
• Elkhorn 12, Gretna 0: Brittany Hoock, Ashley Hagemann and Amy Dresseen each had a home run for the Antlers.

Championship
• Elkhorn 5, Blair 0: Ashley Hagemann threw a perfect game with 18 strikeouts and Amy Dreessen had a two-run home run for Elkhorn (23-1).
 

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Prep softball results
 

• DC West 5, North Bend 4: Allie Frost had two hits, Dani Snyder added two hits and two RBIs and Amanda Samson hit the go-ahead two-run single in the sixth for the Falcons (13-8).
 

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Prep Softball: Titans survive Top 10 test


 
Another one-run game, another victory for Papillion-La Vista South.

And another loss for Omaha Westside.

The Titans - ranked No. 1 - won their seventh one-run game of the season Thursday with a 1-0 victory over third-ranked Omaha Westside in a showdown of Top 10 teams.

Westside's fortunes have been the polar opposite in similar games. The 14-6 Warriors are 1-6 in one-run games, with their lone victory a 2-1, 8-inning decision Sept. 1 over Class B No. 7 Omaha Skutt.

This time the loss had a lot to do with the opposing pitcher. Creighton recruit Alexa Mackevicius had a perfect game through five innings and finished with a no-hitter to improve her record to 15-0 this season.

"She's been mentally tough all year," Titans coach Dan Hogan said. "She's won five or six games by one run, and when that happens you know the pitching is there."

Mackevicius walked Amy Peterson to start the inning and end the chance for a perfect game. The only other Warrior to get on base was shortstop Jennifer Bohle, who reached on a two-out error later that inning.

Westside's rally ended when Mackevicius got future Creighton teammate Crista Ruf to ground out to third base.

Papio South scored the run it needed in the top of the sixth. Catcher Emily Perry led off with a single to center field, and then Mackevicius laid down a sacrifice bunt to move her to second base.

Third baseman Krista Steen followed that with a single to left that scored Perry as the throw home sailed over Westside catcher Amy Baker's head. The Titans also had two runners on base in the fourth inning and finished the game with seven hits.

Coach Kevin Dunn insisted the Warriors don't keep track of the number of close losses and is confident some of those hard-hit balls going right to fielders will turn into hits in the last two weeks of the regular season.

"Honestly we don't even think about it," Dunn said. "Maybe it's a costly error here or not getting a big hit with a runner on base there. We'll just keep battling and keep doing what we're doing."

Papillion-La Vista South (22-1)......000 001 0-1 7 1
Omaha Westside (14-6)..................000 000 0-0 0 0

• W-Alexa Mackevicius (15-0). L-Katie Jones (7-5).
 

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Published Sunday  |  September 16, 2007
Prep softball results

• D.C. West 9-11, Madison 1-0 (4): In game one, Courtney Lawson had two triples with an RBI and Abbi Eggen picked up the win on the mound, striking out seven. In game two, Lawson threw a perfect game for the four-inning victory

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Published Friday  |  September 14, 2007
Prep softball results

• Elkhorn 5, Om. Mercy 0: Ashley Hagemann had a perfect game with 17 strikeouts and Brittney Hoock had two hits for Class B No. 2 Elkhorn (15-1).
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Top-ranked Titan softball team topples Southwest

By LORI GRIFFIN / Lincoln Journal Star

Thursday, Sep 13, 2007 - 01:44:40 pm CDT

The Papillion-La Vista South softball coaches made a loud plea to their Class A top-ranked team heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday against No. 10 Southwest at Doris Bair Park.

It was a plea for insurance. The Titans were up 2-0, but the coaches still decided that an insurance run was necessary.

And Ashley Wohlers delivered.

The Titans (16-0) opened the sixth with a double by  Wohlers. Omaha Westside transfer Chelse Koca bunted Wohlers to third before Emily Perry’s single scored her.

“We really capitalized on three good bunts in the game, to score three good runs,” Papillion-La Vista South coach Dan Hogan said. “We knew Lincoln Southwest is a well-coached team and they play sound,  fundamental softball. We knew it would be a good game.”

A bunt and three Southwest errors gave the Titans a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The lead held until the fifth, when courtesy runner Allie Mathewson scored after a double by Taylor Anding.

“Three errors was not a good way to start the game,” Southwest coach Mark Watt said. “But we recovered and battled back and kept it close.”

Southwest (10-5) loaded the bases in the fourth inning, but could not come up with a run.

With one out, Madison Drake walked and Jackie Nordell and Allie Catlett both singled to load the bases. Two consecutive strikeouts ended the inning.

“I thought about the possibility of trying to squeeze bunt, but we were getting some clutch hits so it didn’t happen,” Watt said. “We just couldn’t quite do it. That happens when you get two good teams together.”

The two teams were to have played a season-opening doubleheader, but it was postponed because of rain.  A decision was made to reschedule just a single game.

“It’s hard to tell what would have happened if we had played a doubleheader,” Watt said. “But we did reschedule it right away because I feel it makes us better to play good teams.”

Senior Alexa Mackevicius, a Creighton recruit, earned the win for the Titans, giving up three hits and a walk. She struck out nine.

Southwest sophomore Ashley Dunn took the loss, throwing a seven-hitter.

“Alexa pitched well,” Hogan said. “She’s an all-stater and she hasn’t been beaten this season and continues to rise to the occasion.

“And Southwest has a pitcher who’s only a sophomore who shows a lot of potential,” Hogan said of Dunn.

Papillion-La Vista South and Southwest will both face tough competition the next three days.

The Titans play ninth-ranked Millard South before competing in the Monarch Invitational in Papillion on Saturday.

Southwest faces Norfolk in a doubleheader today before heading to the North Platte Tournament.
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Published Wednesday  |  September 12, 2007
Prep softball results

• Ralston 8, Om. Skutt 0: Brooke Cronican threw a no-hitter and Mariah Montgomery went 3 for 4 to lead the Rams.

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Titans rely on quick start to top Marian for Metro title



 
Papillion-La Vista South earned a repeat Metro Conference softball championship on Monday night by repeating the way it defeated Omaha Marian earlier this season.

The 14-0 Titans scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 3-2 win over the Crusaders before an estimated crowd of 250 at Seymour Smith. In their first meeting of the season on Sept. 1, the Titans scored twice in the first inning on their way to winning the Norfolk Invitational title.

"I did talk to them about that," Titans coach Dan Hogan said. "We wanted to jump on them early so they'd think back to that Norfolk tournament. Overall, our kids did a good job and got some timely hits."

Marian's appearance in the championship game was a bit of a surprise, as the 9-4 Crusaders have a young team with just one senior and two juniors on its roster. But the Crusaders have shown that they've grown up quickly by battling back from a 3-0 deficit after three innings.

"I told them I was just as proud of them tonight for the way they battled as I was on Saturday when they beat Papillion," Marian coach Al Leaders said. "Sometimes the effort rewards you with wins and sometimes it doesn't."

Returning All-Nebraska player Alexa Mackevicius kept the Crusaders off-balance most of the night by scattering three hits and recording six strikeouts.

Papio South gave Mackevicius an early cushion by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning as the Titans mixed in two hits while taking advantage of a pair of Marian errors.

Center fielder Chelse Koca led off by reaching base on the first error. She then moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a single by catcher Emily Perry before Mackevicius brought her home on a groundout to shortstop. Third baseman Krista Steen then drove Perry home with a single up the middle for the second run.

The top-ranked Titans tacked on what proved to be the winning run in the third when Mackevicius singled with two outs. Her courtesy runner, Allie Mathewson, eventually scored on a single by first baseman Alyssa Kirsch. Hogan said the hit was Kirsch's fifth game-winning RBI of the season.

Marian got one of those runs back in the top of the fourth when second baseman Sara Borowiak doubled down the left-field line and scored on a single by third baseman Ali Gorup.

Losing pitcher Shelby Mendlik - one of Marian's two pitchers who throws every other inning - crushed a Mackevicius offering over the left-field fence in the top of the seventh to trim Papio's lead to one.

But Mackevicius bounced back to strike out the next three batters and seal the victory.

"I could tell she really buckled down after that," Hogan said. "She showed her true colors as a first-team all-state player."


Omaha Marian (9-4).........................000 100 1-2 4 2
PLV South (14-0)...............................201 000 x-3 6 0
At Seymour Smith
• W: Alexa Mackevicius. L: Shelby Mendlik. 2B: M, Sara Borowiak. HR: M, Mendlik. A :250 (est.).
 

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Prep Softball: Crusaders, Titans reach Metro tourney final


 
Clutch play in the late innings on Saturday secured spots in the Metro Conference softball tournament championship game for Papillion-La Vista South and Omaha Marian.

The top-ranked Titans had to rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Millard West 4-2 in the quarterfinals before squeezing out a run in the bottom of the sixth to edge Millard North 1-0 in the semifinals.

Class A No. 7 Marian slipped past Top 10 No. 10 Omaha Westside 3-2 in the quarterfinals before roughing up No. 2 Papillion-La Vista for four runs in the sixth inning in a 5-2 semifinal triumph.

Millard North reached the semifinals with an 11-3 win over Millard South while Papillion-La Vista defeated Omaha North 10-0 in six innings. All six of those games - plus four losers bracket contests - were played at Seymour Smith, where the championship game is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m.

Papillion-La Vista South earned its shot at a repeat championship after scoring all four of its runs against Millard West with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. With runners at first and second base, winning pitcher Alexa Mackevicius tied the game with a double before Krista Steen won the game with a home run.

Alyssa Kirsch then had her fourth game-winning RBI of the season when she singled to bring home Emily Perry in the bottom of the sixth for the one run needed to defeat Millard North.

After starting the season with back-to-back losses in its own tournament, Marian has rebounded to win eight of its past nine games with a roster that includes only one senior and two juniors. UNO recruit Molly Feichtinger scored the Crusaders' first run and drove in the other two in the victory over Westside.

"Molly has been a great leader and really works well with the younger players," Marian coach Al Leaders said. "That first day we had some errors that cost us, but since then we've been getting better as we go along."

Thirteen of Marian's first 15 outs against Papillion-La Vista were strikeouts by Monarchs' ace Kylie Hovinga before the Crusaders got some offensive momentum in the sixth to take the lead for good and secure their first berth in the championship game since 2000.
 

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Prep softball results
 

• Papio-LV South 10, Kearney 2: Emily Perry, Kylie Kohler and Krista Steen combined for seven hits for the Titans.

• Elkhorn 4, Bellevue West 2: Amy Dressen went 3 for 3 with two RBIs.

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Prep softball results
• Ralston 11, North Platte 1 (4 inn.): Brooke Cronican threw a three-hitter and Megan Wagman had a triple, a double and three RBIs for the Top 10 No. 4 Rams.

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Nebraska prep softball results


• Elkhorn 6, Bennington 0: Amy Dreessen had four hits and Leslie Neiman added two hits and an RBI as Top 10 No. 1 Elkhorn (5-0) knocked off Class C No. 4 Bennington
 

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Prep softball results

• DC West 8, Om. Duschene 0, 6 inn.: Courtney Lawson pitched a one-hit shutout, and Taylor Dunker homered, tripled and doubled for DC West.
• Elkhorn 10, Plattsmouth 0: Liz Hullinger doubled and tripled, and Amy Dreessen added three singles for Elkhorn (4-0).

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Prep Softball: Rams, Gross get openers in



 
Ralston and Omaha Gross were among the teams happy that Thursday night's wet weather didn't delay the start of their softball seasons.

A game's scheduled location proved to be the key in whether it was completed or postponed. On the western edge of Omaha, Ralston defeated Millard West 11-2 in five innings. But Papillion-La Vista and Lincoln East had to stop play in the first inning because of lightning, heavy rain and hail at Volunteer Field in Sarpy County.

The Monarchs had scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning after the game had already been delayed 35 minutes because of a 10-minute downpour. The rematch of last year's Class A state championship game has been rescheduled for Monday at 6 p.m., as has the Millard South's game at Omaha Burke.

Ralston, the 2006 Class B runner-up, scored six runs in the fourth inning to support a three-hitter by Brooke Cronican. Tina Winter had a double and two RBIs, Devon Reick scored three runs and stole two bases and Courtney Peterson had two hits and scored twice to lead the Rams in their first game for new coach Mike Smith.

"I wasn't sure what to expect, but we played about as well as we can play," Smith said. "We only had one error and didn't give up a hit until the fourth inning."

Gross swept McCook (2-1) and North Platte (6-0) in a double dual that also featured Omaha Skutt in ideal weather conditions at Hastings' Bill Smith Complex, the site of the Oct. 10-12 state tournaments. Coach Kelly Cheshier said she was pleasantly surprised with the way her young team performed.

"We have a brand new pitcher who learned last year from a senior, and our hitters were patient and got the big hits when we needed them," Cheshier said. "Everybody stepped up and did a great job."
 

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Published Friday  |  August 24, 2007
D.C. West 3, Bellevue West 0: Allie Frost went 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

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Published Thursday  |  August 23, 2007
Ralston 11, Millard West 2: Nebraska Top 10 No. 10 Ralston had seven hits and Brook Cronican earned the win as the Rams upended Class A No. 7 Millard West.
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Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise

8/21/2007 8:43:00 AM  Email this article • Print this article 
The pitching chores for the 2007 Blair High School varsity softball team will be handled by a staff of four players (above, from left): Olivia Warrick, Carly Nielsen, Elly Janssen and MacKenzie Welchert. Bear Coach Jon Small said all four pitchers will be called upon to deliver in different situations this season.
Bears to take committee approach
Blair Coach Jon Small will use a staff of 4 pitchers to off-set the loss of an all-stater.

Jack Denker
Sports Editor

For four years, Mandy Osborn dominated opposing batters like no Bear pitcher before her.

From 2003 to 2006, Osborn was a four-year starter on the Blair High School softball team, a three-time All-Eastern Midlands Conference selection and a two-time All-Nebraska player.

Last year alone, Osborn was the winning pitcher in 26 of her team's 27 wins and she pitched 213 of the Bear's 225 total innings played (during the 2006 season).

Serving as Blair's ace pitcher for four straight years, Osborn established nearly all of the BHS pitching records, including career wins (82), earned run average (0.44) and strikeouts (965).

Those 965 K's also established Osborn as the career strikeout leader in Class B.

At the conclusion of her senior season, Osborn earned a softball scholarship to Division I Drake University.

So, the obvious question for Blair Coach Jon Small, heading into the 2007 season this week: Who is going to replace such a dominant four-year starting pitcher?

"It is true that Mandy was a very good pitcher for our team the last four seasons as her stats reflect," Small said. "As for this year, our focus is not on what we don't have, or the girls that no longer play for us, rather what we do have."

And according to Small, the Bears have an abundance of quality pitchers on the roster that should ease the pain of losing Osborn.

"We have had several dominant players come through our program and every year we have girls step up and replace them," he said. "It will be the same this year."

Instead of relying on the dominance of just one pitcher, Small said he will call upon four different players-each with a unique style and strength-to handle the BHS varsity pitching chores this season.

Making up the Blair pitching staff this fall will be senior Elly Janssen, sophomores MacKenzie Welchert and Olivia Warrick and freshman Carly Nielsen.

"We have a number of girls that we feel will do a very good job of pitching varsity games for us this year and we plan on using multiple girls in that role," Small said. "In fact, we plan on making pitching changes throughout the course of a game to give hitters different looks."

Janssen is the veteran of the staff. She is a two-year letter winner, who hits her spots and changes speeds well with her pitches, Small said.

Welchert is a power pitcher, who throws hard and moves the ball inside-out, up-and-down. She is the only member of the staff with some varsity pitching experience, posting a 1-0 record with a .58 earned run average and 15 strikeouts for BHS in 2006.

Warrick is a crafty lefthander, with a good change-up, and Nielsen is a hard thrower with a lot of movement.

"We feel we can keep hitters off balance with different looks from the pitching circle," Small said. "Having a number of pitchers also helps in practice. We are able to see live pitching every day and the different styles help our hitters."

Pitching depth isn't the only thing that excites Small about the 2007 Blair softball squad.

"One of the things that has me most excited about this year's team is that we have depth at all positions, including pitcher," he said. "We think we are going to have a really strong team. In fact, it may be my best overall team."

If it is, the Bears will stand a very good chance of earning a third straight berth in the Class B state tournament. Blair has already qualified for state four times this decade.

"We expect to be right in the mix for another trip to state," Small said.

The Blair softball team will open the 2007 season at Gretna this Thursday (Aug. 23), at 6:30 p.m

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Updated 08/21/2007 12:24:44 PM EDT

Ralston opens season

Even with a new look in the dugout this season, Ralston is hoping for familiar results on the softball field.

Mike Smith takes over the Ralston job this fall and looks to guide a team that came within one win of another Class B state title a year ag

Ralston opens its 2007 campaign with a road game at Millard West Thursday at 6 p.m.
Smith does have some key components to replace, but he should have a very talented nucleus to begin his softball coaching career with.

The leader of that group is all-state shortstop Mariah Montgomery. The junior hit a team best .420 a year ago and led the team in RBIs. Centerfielder Devon Reick is another all-state performer as the senior hit .397 a year ago and led the team in runs scored.

After sharing pitching duties with Elena Rojas last season, senior Brooke Cronican will shoulder more of a load in 2007. She went 10-3 with a 2.77 ERA last year.
Megan Wagman will help out with pitching chores.

Junior third baseman Tina Winter was a second-team all-stater after hitting .357 and finishing second in runs driven in.

Second baseman Amanda Teshack is a three-time returning letterwinner, as is catcher Courtney Petersen. Junior Julia Rubek is another returnee who excels as utility player.

Junior Jessica Pasewalk will join sophomores Sami Winter and Katie Jadlowski and freshmen Mara Eeman, Brooke Lyman and Mallory Ayers as players seeking playing time.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OLIVIA WARRICK FIRST TEAM CLASS B FRESHMAN TOURNAMENT ALL-STATE !!!

All State Team

 

 

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2006

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CONGRATULATIONS TO BRITTANY HOOCK AND THE ELKHORN ANTLERS

CLASS B STATE CHAMPIONS !!!

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The World-Herald's 14th All-Nebraska high school softball team...

CLASS C HONORABLE MENTION Arlington: Amber Boulton. Ashland-Greenwood: Lexie Martin, Sarah Kwiatkowski, Taylor Martin. Bennington: Ashley Anderson, Lyndsay Drumm. Central City: Sara Shively. Chase County: Tabitha Russell. Columbus Lakeview: Nicole Sempek, Dani Went. Douglas County West: Allie Frost, Abbi Eggen, Brandi Burke. Falls City: Kayla Fritz, Heather Feck. Fillmore Central/EM: Kali Reinsch. Gothenburg: Bre Messersmith, Vanessa Linega. High Plains: Haley Strobel, Jonella Yrkoski, Ashley Fleming. Logan View: Dani Mowinkel. North Bend: Morgan Smeal, Jackie Dirkschneider. St. Paul: Amanda Miner, Brittney Rowse. Southern: Kelsey Schiebur, Danae Disney. Southern Valley: Emily Witte. Syracuse: Leslie Watermeier, Taylor Cameron. Tekamah-Herman: Chelsea Maslowsky, Cara Cameron. Twin River: Andrea Wyman, Tanya Snyder. Wahoo Neumann: Nicole Spicka, Erin Prohaska. Wayne: Alesha Finkey, Mirisa Carroll. West Point Central Catholic: Jaci Mowinkel, Karmen Emanuel. Yutan-Mead: Kelsey Kult.

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The Titans' Krista Steen dives back safely into to second base as Monarch Hollie Obrecht fields the catcher's throw on a short hop.

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Published Saturday
October 7, 2006

Patriots back at state

A junior varsity pitcher and a 26-run explosion over three games helped Millard South earn the chance to defend its Class A state softball title.

The Patriots defeated Millard West 7-4 Friday in the championship game of the District A-4 tournament after defeating the Wildcats and Fremont Thursday for a berth in the title game.

Millard South coach Steve Kerkman turned to sophomore pitcher Alyssa Kilgore to lead the Patriots (19-13) after starter Amanda Martines needed to rest her sore arm.

"Alyssa pitched JV all year because we didn't have another pitcher at that level," Kerkman said. "We've had trouble with defense all year, so we put Amanda at second base. She really shores that up for us."

Millard South was one of six teams to earn berths to next week's state tournament at Seymour Smith Park. Other district champions crowned Friday were Bellevue West in A-1, top-ranked Omaha Westside (A-2), Lincoln East (A-3), Papillion-La Vista (A-5) and Norfolk (A-6).

Unofficial calculations give No. 2-ranked Papillion-La Vista South and No. 3 Millard North the wild card berths for the eight-team event starting Wednesday. The official tournament pairings for all three classes will be released today.

Kilgore pitched only 101/3 varsity innings before districts, but Kerkman wasn't concerned that lack of experience would hurt her in postseason competition.

"She throws a little harder and we have that element of other teams not having seen her before," Kerkman said. "She threw at the end of the Papillion game (a 9-1 loss Oct. 3) and she shut them down for three innings, so we knew she could handle this."

"We'll be excited any way we look at it," Kerkman said. "We've been working on pitching and defense, and we've played tremendous offense lately. We've had five different girls hit home runs this year, so that makes us a little tougher to defend."

Millard West (15-12).........................002 010 1-4 12 1
Millard South (19-13).........................210 310 x-7 12 2
• W: Alyssa Kilgore (4-0). L: Bailey McIntosh. 2B: MW, Sara Borowiak. 3B: MS, Katie Turner, J. Dillon.

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B-2 at Blair

Elkhorn 2, Blair 1

A two-run double by catcher Liz Hullinger in the fifth inning gave the Antlers all the runs they needed to earn a third consecutive win over their Eastern Midlands Conference rivals.

Third baseman Brittany Hoock reached on a bunt single before second baseman Nikki Haget singled up the middle. The throw went to home plate, allowing Haget to advance to third.

Ashley Hagemann scattered four hits and had 11 strikeouts for the Antlers (26-1). Blair's Mandy Osborn had eight strikeouts for the Bears (25-5).

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Published Friday  October 6, 2006

Class C
Batting
(Minimum of 60 at bats)
Player, Team.................H-AB Avg.
Naylor, Yutan/Mead.........................34-60 .567
Guyle, Yutan/Mead.........................30-62 .484
Sladek, Fillmore Central/EM.........................32-68 .471
Marting, Ashland-GW.........................30-76 .469
Frost, DC West.........................40-88 .455
Munoz, Falls City.........................28-64 .438
Mowinkel, Logan View.........................28-66 .424
Milam, Falls City.........................28-67 .418
Newsham, Ashland-GW.........................23-71 .411
Spicka, Wahoo Neumann.........................28-71 .394
Reinsch, Fillmore Central/Em.........................28-71 .394
Emshoff, Fillmore Cental/Em.........................28-73 .384
Thomas, Yutan/Mead.........................23-60 .383
Burke, DC West.........................35-92 .380
Ruff, Bennington.........................27-72 .375
Kwiatkowski, Ashland-GW.........................24-75 .375
Ristau, Logan View.........................26-72 .361
Rogers, Arlington.........................23-66 .348

• RBIs: Sladek, Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan, 24; Mowinkel, West Point CC, Feek, Falls City, 22; Naylor, Yutan/Mead, Thomas, Yutan/Mead, Frost, DC West, Milam, Falls City, 21; Carroll, Wayne, 20; Steuben, Columbus LV, 19; Newsham, Ashland-GW, Spicka, Wahoo Neumann, 18; Harms, Arlington 16; Braun, Wahoo Neumann, Rogers, Arlington, Thomspon, Arlington, Boulton, Arlington, Loos, Yutan/Mead,15.

• Runs: Rauner, Wayne, Fritz, Falls City, 24; Burke, DC West, Munoz, Falls City, 23; Mohrman, Columbus LV, Milam, Falls City, 22; Mowinkel, Logan View, Steuben, Columbus LV, Guyle, Yutan/Mead, Sladek, Fillmore Central/EM, 21; Mowinkel, West Point CC, Newsham, Ashland-GW, Martin, Ashland-GW,19; Brichacek, West Point CC, Finkey, Wayne, Spicka, Wahoo Neumann, 18; Pleska, Wahoo Neumann, Frost, DC West, 16.

• Doubles: Sladek, Fillmore Central/EM, 12; Anderson, Bennington, 10; Kwiatkowski, Ashland-GW, Bohling, Logan View, Naylor, Yutan/Mead, 8; Franzluebbers, West Point CC, Matulka, Wahoo Neumann, Opfer, Arlington, Eggen, DC West, Frost, DC West, 6; Mowinkel, Logan View, Spicka, Wahoo Neumann, 5; Mowinkel, West Point CC, Harms, Arlington, Burke, Munoz, Falls City, Feek, Falls City, Henson, Falls City, 4.

• Triples: Burke, DC West, 7; Emanuel, West Point CC, 5; Rogers, Arlington, Mohrmann, Columbus LV, Rogers, Arlington, 4; Staats, Bennington, Bohn, Bennington, Newsham, Ashland-GW, Mowinkel, Logan View, Christensen, DC West, Milam, Falls City, 3.

• Home runs: Sladek, Fillmore Central/EM, 4; Newsham, Ashland-GW, Thomas, Yutan/Mead, 3; Kwitkowski, Ashland-GW, Mowinkel, Logan View, West, Columbus LV, Frost, DC West, 2.

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Published Sunday  October 3, 2006

Nebraska prep softball results

• DC West 12, Om. Duchesne 2, 5 inn.: Allie Frost had two doubles and three RBIs to pace the Falcons (12-5).

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Published Sunday  October 1, 2006

Nebraska prep softball results

Millard South Invitational
• Millard South 6, Lin. Southwest 1: Jenny Dillon and Amanda Martines had two hits and two RBIs each for the Class A No. 7 Patriots.

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Published Friday  September 20, 2006

Nebraska prep softball results

• Douglas County West 6, West Point CC 0: Abby Eggan threw a two-hit shutout, striking out 10 and Jessica Christensen went 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

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Published Friday  September 15, 2006

Nebraska prep softball results

• DC West 7, Raymond Central 0: Bryana Delira was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases, and Courtney Lawson, Allie Frost and Taylor Dunker each had two hits.

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Published Wednesday September 13, 2006

Nebraska prep softball results

• Papillion-La Vista South 10, Om. Benson 0, 5 inn.: Becky Dunn threw a two-hitter, striking out 10 and Ashley Wohlers added three hits to lead the Class A No. 1 Titans.

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Published Sunday September 10, 2006

Metro softball title is a first for Titans

» Nebraska prep softball results

Timely hitting and 21 innings of shutout pitching helped second-ranked Papillion-La Vista South win the Metro softball tournament at Seymour Smith Park.

Pitchers Alexa Mackevicius and Jen Eshbaugh combined for four shutouts, including Eshbaugh's 2-0 victory over fifth-ranked Omaha Westside in Saturday's championship game. Titans coach Dan Hogan said it was the first team championship for Papillion-La Vista South in any sport; the school is in its fourth season.

For Westside, it was a missed opportunity at avenging a playoff loss last season to the Titans.

"They consider themselves the team to beat," Westside coach Kevin Dunn said. "When we've played, they've been able to take advantage of situations and we haven't. They were able to do that again today."

After Becky Dunn's shutout against Omaha South on Thursday, Papillion-La Vista South's Mackevicius pitched a shutout against Omaha Marian in Saturday's quarterfinals and another against Millard North in the semifinals.

The final against Westside was scoreless through six innings. Then Papillion-La Vista South's Kirsch hit a leadoff triple and later scored on Krista Steen's single to right field.

"That triple would have been a home run at any other park," Hogan said.

Kirsch said she was ready to round third base and make it an inside-the-park homer.

"I wanted to see Hogan waving his arm," Kirsch said.

Bubba Martinez gave the Titans their second run as she singled and scored Ashley Simpson from second base. Coach Hogan waved Simpson around third, even though Martinez singled to shallow left field.

"That second run was insurance, and I thought we'd need it," Hogan said. "Westside is one of the best hitting teams in the Metro. For Eshbaugh to finish the game without allowing a run saved the tournament shutout streak."

 

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Published Friday September 8, 2006

Nebraska prep softball results

• DC West 8, Plattsmouth 2: Abbi Eggen struck out four and Allie Frost went 3 for 4 with a home run to boost Douglas County West.

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Published Wednesday September 6, 2006

Nebraska prep softball results

• Plattsmouth 3, Nebraska City 1: Shaunee Tietze pitched a complete game, striking out five, to lead Plattsmouth.

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Published Friday September 1, 2006

Nebraska prep softball results

• DC West 6, Logan View 4: Allie Frost batted 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a stolen base, and Courtney Lawson was 2 for 3 with a stolen base as DC West upended Class C No. 7 Logan View

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Published Thursday
August 24, 2006

Titans prevail in softball opener

BY STEVE BEIDECK
WORLD-HERALD CORRESPONDENT

So this is what softball fans have to look forward to in games that don't have a 90-minute time limit.

Lincoln Southwest had lost the first game of its Thursday night doubleheader with Papillion-La Vista South 8-0. The Top 10 No. 8-ranked Silver Hawks then fell behind 7-2 heading into the seventh inning of the nightcap in a game that would have been over after six innings under the old time-limit rule.

Three Titans errors and seven Southwest hits later, the Silver Hawks had a 9-7 lead. But Papio South junior Krista Steen hammered an RBI triple to center field and scored on a ground out by Bubba Martinez to tie the game 9-9 and force an extra inning.

The third-ranked Titans eventually scored the winning run after Southwest forced the winning run home on a bases loaded walk to freshman Taylor Anding after the Silver Hawks had intentionally walked the previous two batters.

Two hours and 30 minutes after the first pitch, Papio South had a 10-9 victory and a sweep of the season-opening doubleheader at Halleck Park's Volunteer Field.

"We lost five starters from last year so we're very young and we still have a lot to learn," Titans coach Dan Hogan said. "I credit my team for coming back when it was 9-7 because a lot of teams would have folded the tent, but they have a lot of fight in them."

Southwest coach Mark Watt said the first-game jitters and inexperience of both teams was evident all night.

"Plus you haven't gelled yet as a team," Watt said. "Obviously that comeback was a great sign for us and something we can build on."

Papillion-La Vista South had 13 hits in the first game, including six hits in the six-run fourth inning.

Junior Alexa Mackevicius, who was the winning pitcher in both games, had nine strikeouts in five innings of game one and was 3-for-3 with a walk. She also had a triple and scored a run in the second game.

A pair of errors by Martinez, who was an All-Nebraska outfielder last season, and another by sophomore Becky Dunn were among the critical plays that helped Southwest get back into game two. The Titans and Silver Hawks combined for nine errors in that second game.

Game one
Lincoln Southwest......000 000 0 - 0 1 1
Papillion-LV South.......000 620 x - 8 13 1
• W-Alexa Mackevicius. L-Madison Drake.

Game two
Lincoln Southwest (0-2).......010 010 70-9 14 4
Papillion-LV South (2-0)......100 159 21-10 9 5
• W-Mackevicius (2-0). L-Tiffany Forycki (0-1). 3B-PLVS, Mackevicius, Krista Steen.



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