Some of the top high school softball players in Minnesota are packing up to head to nationals in Tennessee. However, the Minnesota Vortex will be one player short.
A Waconia high school athlete was killed Friday evening in a car crash near Mankato, according to her softball team. Alexia Kretsch, 16, was driving northbound on Highway 169 when a car traveling eastbound on County Road 33 crossed in front of her, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
School is out, the sun is out and summer is here. It officially starts on Father’s Day, but for high school athletes, the spring came to an end both late last week and on Monday as the state’s spring champions were crowned across various sports.
Eastview’s softball team is a conference champion, but that’s not what makes the team so special.
“Coaching isn’t about winning,” coach Trevor Monroe said. “I will trade wins for good kids.
Alex Kreidler, the ace of the Osseo High School’s adaptive softball team, is a pitcher with quite a record — and he’s finishing his senior season with a flurry. Kreidler is at home on the pitching mound. “I would say it’s so much fun … trying to strike people out,” Kreidler said.
You don’t have to go very far to find entertaining, competitive and intense match-ups on the high school sports scene. The spring prep sports landscape will take shape over the next few weeks as we’ll have playoffs underway, if not decided, in lacrosse, softball, baseball and tennis.
After a brief stint with some rough spring weather, the state’s high school spring sports have been back in action lately as we get ready to head to the postseason. The prep baseball, softball and golf seasons are all taking shape with a few weeks to go before we have playoff brackets and sectional play. Here’s a look at some of the big games Friday on the high school sports scene.
A college athlete believed to be killed by her boyfriend was honored Saturday at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
When Jason Galster saw Charlie Schultz’s story, he just had to meet him. Galster is an audiologist at Starkey Hearing Technologies. As we reported a few weeks ago, Schultz has quite a story to tell.
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Kevin Love is no longer on the list of participants in the celebrity softball game at Target Field during the Major League Baseball All-Star festivities.
With the school year winding down, the spring sports season is also coming to a close. But that means there’s plenty of playoff action. On Friday night, David McCoy went to Mankato, where he watched Maple Grove and Lakeville South battle for the Class 3-A softball title.
It’s like playoff hockey and goalies, in high school softball a great pitcher can carry you a long way. New Prague has one such phenomenon, Nichole Reed. Reed is almost unhittable.
Both the St. Thomas baseball and softball teams are World Series bound.
Kiela DeVlaeminck can pitch, and her Waconia High School softball team has a chance when she’s on the mound. It’s pretty obvious that she started playing the sport at a young age.
It felt a bit like March out there Tuesday, not May. But for some high school sports teams, it was good enough. Just like last year, it has been a challenging spring to try and get baseball and softball games in. Snow in April and a rainy May have some schools working overtime to get a season in.
Haley Schanks can play first base, but she’s also the ace of the pitching staff.
The St. Thomas softball team has a pitcher that’s been nearly impossible to score on lately. And that might have as much to do with her numbers off the field as anything else. Those numbers will turn your head, turn your bat, and send you back to the dugout shaking your head.
The St. Thomas softball team is once again one of the best in the nation, ranked number 19 in the latest Division III poll. Leading the way is a pitcher that’s been nearly impossible to score on lately. The numbers will turn your head, and your bat too.
The University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has set up a fund in memory of former Bulldog softball player Mandy Matula. The UMD Softball 1 Four Mandy Matula Fund was established in partnership with Matula’s family. The fund will provide financial support for the Bulldog softball program. Matula was a starting pitcher and utility player with the Bulldogs from the 2007 through 2010 seasons.
They started playing together in 1973, but little did they know that forty years later they’d still be teammates, playing on the same field they started on. Now in their late 50s, Susie Hatch and Therese Douglass are still competing for all the right reasons. For 40 years, they’ve been playing at the same park – the Excelsior Commons. “The whole outfield is Lake Minnetonka, so it’s gorgeous,” Douglass said.
Elk River freshman center fielder Jayme Langbehn’s incredible catches in the Class 3A state title game Friday made the Top 10 on ESPN’s SportsCenter. With the game tied at three in the bottom of the sixth, Langbehn came up with one of the coolest – not to mention most meaningful – catches in state championship history. “I don’t know…I just knew I needed to catch it,” Langbehn said.
She can pitch and she can hit, and she does it so well that as just a sophomore she is one of the best in the state.
The temperatures finally warmed and the fields got cleared, and it was game on for baseball, softball, tennis, golf, lacrosse and track and field. Now many teams have had at least two weeks outside with several games per week, so why not start the playoffs?
For the first time in 10 years the Gophers are going to the NCAA softball tournament. The squad finished second in the conference and is en route to Seattle to face Hawaii on Friday night in the Regionals.