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September 23, 2011
Player                School        Class     Major Hillary Allen          Drexel          Jr.        Elementary ed. Lindsey Atzert          Cabrini          So. Educational studies Paige Collings          Drexel          Jr. Biological sciences Danielle McDevitt       Holy Family    So.    Elemen./sp. ed. Ashley Minch          Rowan          Jr.
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December 11, 1994 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Philadelphia and New York won yesterday in the opening round-robin singles softball squash racquets matches in the annual men's series for the Lockett Cup at the Berwyn Squash and Fitness Club. The Lockett Cup event had been held every year since the early 1920s until it was wiped out by a snowstorm two years ago. It also missed play last year, when squash racquets was in a transitional period from hardball to softball play. Yesterday the cup play was at softball for the first time in the history of the inter-city series.
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September 19, 1994 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dave McNeely of Episcopal Academy won the men's Class A championship of the Darwin Kingsley Softball Squash Classic over lefthander Ed Chilton, the pro at Wilmington Country Club, 9-7, 9-0, 9-4, yesterday at Penn's Ringe Courts. Stephanie Teaford of Penn Charter won the women's Class A championship over Elise O'Connell of Agnes Irwin, 2-9, 9-6, 9-1, 9-7, in the final of round- robin play.
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July 13, 2010
Player                      School         Major       GPA Ashley Botelho               Drexel         Bus. Ad.       3.54 Mary Pat Conville            La Salle         Education    3.53 Lauren Davis-Macedonia   Ursinus         Biology       3.46 Sam Ingersoll               West Chester   Psychology 3.91 Krystle Metzler               Temple         Business    3.
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July 19, 1987 | By Dave Caldwell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Her most valuable pitching asset is not her searing, 60-m.p.h. fastball, nor is it her tricky, four-pitch repertoire. Downingtown's Courtney Hankes is a formidable softball pitcher because she stays as cool as a Popsicle. "I don't let things bother me," she said. "I think it really helps. You can't let things bother you. " Hankes had a mostly bother-free senior season, in which she fired five no- hitters and led Downingtown to its second straight Ches-Mont League softball championship, and she will be attending the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, a rising Division I softball powerhouse.
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June 13, 2000 | By Tom McGurk, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Mickey Shaw, the all-time victories leader among Washington Township softball coaches, has stepped down after 15 years. "There are a lot of factors, but the biggest one is I want to spend more time with my kids," Shaw said. Shaw amassed 311 victories, and he cited the 1993 state-finalist season and the last two years as highlights. "Those moments were special especially the last two seasons," Shaw said. "After everything that happened to this team this spring, I couldn't ask for anything more than what the kids accomplished.
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May 25, 2012
Sarah Rosenburg gave up just one hit and no earned runs as she helped Central coast to a 7-1 win over Philadelphia Academy Charter in the Public League softball final at LaSalle University. Rosenburg struck out 12 and walked none for the complete-game win. Gina Guadalupe added a pair of hits and two runs scored and senior Stephanie Cattan went 1 for 2 with an RBI and two runs scored.   Volleyball Washington overcame a power outage to capture its first back-to-back boys volleyball Public League title as the Eagles dropped Masterman, 3-0. Washington capped off a perfect (13-0)
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May 1, 1993 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Sandy Stringham was younger, she set her sights on being a gymnast. The Rider College softball team should be grateful that Stringham eventually decided not to be the next Mary Lou Retton. The junior centerfielder from Rancocas Valley is Rider's career leader in stolen bases - she had 78 through her first 38 games - and could set more records by the time she graduates next year. The first sport she was introduced to, however, was gymnastics, at age 5. In high school, Stringham competed for Rancocas Valley as a gymnast, but to make the necessary commitment to that sport, she would have had to abandon softball.
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July 9, 1996 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Imagine being 11 years old and a baseball nut. Imagine being invited to attend the All-Star Workout Day by a friend, then finding out your seats are in the first row of the deluxe-box section behind first base, then being dragged onto the field to participate, and then being interviewed on ESPN and being called "a national hero. " Marty Howell wasn't dreaming yesterday. All of that happened to him at Veterans Stadium. Marty, of West Creek, Ocean County, N.J., was summoned by Stars manager Bill Cosby to pinch-hit against the Stripes in the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game.
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April 17, 1995 | By Eric Karabell, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Colleen Koch has placed softball in its proper perspective. To her, it's a game, nothing more. That's not to say Koch, a talented senior shortstop for William Tennent, doesn't love the sport. And it certainly doesn't imply she's merely an average player. But rather than worry about which colleges are recruiting her, Koch would rather enjoy her last year of high school and concentrate on preparing herself for whichever college is lucky enough to get her - as a student, not an athlete.
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June 19, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
You can judge Maggie Balint by the speed of her fastball. You can judge the senior by the way her rise fools batters into swinging when it is out of the zone. You can judge her by the number of strikeouts and wins she has accumulated over the years. It's all impressive, stunning actually. But all of that is just part of the picture, a fraction as to why the righthanded Oregon recruit is the Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania softball player of the year for the third consecutive season.
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June 19, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Maggie Balint looked like she always does on the mound Friday. Imposing. Unflappable. Confident. The bases were loaded in the eighth inning, and the Avon Grove senior didn't look worried. Instead, she looked to her infielders and pointed. The Red Devils were going to go home with the ball. Nothing about the scene at Nittany Lion Park seemed final or absolute. It was all rather ordinary, in fact, a scene that had played and been replayed hundreds of times.
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June 19, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
This was going to be the season for Spenser Gray and Quakertown as the senior had spent her first three years helping to build up the program. Then the unthinkable happened to the UNC-Charlotte recruit. She got hurt during the first game. She returned to the lineup May 5, and it was like she never left, batting .593 with an on-base percentage of .710 and going 12 for 12 on the base paths. The senior middle infielder played both second and shortstop, helping to turn eight double plays in a total of 11 games.
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June 18, 2016
The PIAA Class 4A softball state championship game Thursday between Avon Grove and Hempfield was postponed because of the threat of heavy rain and is scheduled to be played at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Penn State's Nittany Lion Park. Avon Grove (24-3) will be trying to win its first state title since the 1970 boys' basketball team won the school's only state championship in any sport.
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June 17, 2016 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
She has always said she wanted to be her team's rock, Maggie Balint remembered. Even when the Avon Grove pitcher was a freshman, erratically throwing balls into the dirt. Back then, the right hander was less unflappable, less confident. As for the Red Devils, they weren't winning many softball games. Now, Balint has indeed become the rock for her squad - and has been for three seasons. The result has been unprecedented success for Avon Grove, which is 24-3 this season. "I want to be that person that when they look at me, they know I'm not nervous," Balint said.
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June 16, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
One swing. One swing at the end of a long season. One swing at the end of an illustrious career. It didn't win the game. It changed the score but not the outcome. Still, one swing summed up Jess Linquist and her skill and sense of the moment and significance to the West Deptford softball team. "That was Jess," West Deptford coach Mandy Schramm said of Linquist's final swing as a high school player. "That was her, right there. " Linquist is the Inquirer's South Jersey player of the year in softball after leading West Deptford to its first sectional title in 20 years.
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June 15, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
FLEETWOOD, Pa. - Earned runs? They are hard to come by when Avon Grove's Maggie Balint is on the mound. She has a fastball that is quicker than most, a nasty rise and a screwball that jams batters up. And that's just three of the pitches in her repertoire. So, earned runs? They are few and far between with the senior right hander pitching. Going into Monday's PIAA Class 4A state semifinal at Lyons Park, the Oregon recruit had allowed just 12 runs cross the plate that she was directly responsible for - in more than 180 innings of work.
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June 12, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - After the game, the crowd stood and chanted in unison. "EHT! EHT! EHT!" It was a final nod to the Egg Harbor Township softball team - a fiery, fearless group of girls that captivated an entire community. The team gathered in the outfield. And before the coaches could address them, the seniors - well-spoken and poised beyond their years - stood up, wiped away a few tears, and tried to put a wild, once-in-a-lifetime ride in perspective. "We finished this season 24-1.
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June 11, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The past few weeks - a whirlwind for the Egg Harbor Township softball team - haven't allowed much time for reflection. And maybe that's a good thing. Years from now, the Eagles can look back, likely in disbelief, at their part in one of the most memorable stretches in state softball history. But right now, they're locked in. The ride isn't over. "We don't have enough time to reflect on it," Panthers coach Mary Dunlap said as her team prepared for a Group 4 state championship matchup with North Jersey champion Watchung Hills (27-5)
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June 11, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"Yes, girlfriend," Maggie Balint said as she extended her hand to an Avon Grove softball teammate, Olivia Kunitsky, in foul territory. "Give me some," the senior said, smiling at the freshman in a way that said, "Atta girl. " Kunitsky had just caught a pop-up bunt close to the fence at Twin Valley Middle School after bursting out of her crouch and getting in position to make the play. It was a small interaction - a pitcher wanting to give her catcher a high-five after putting forth some extra effort - and even smaller in the grand scheme of the game.
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