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    AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior Emma Hylen was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region Third Team today, the organization announced.

    Hylen has been tremendous for the Cyclones during the 2019 campaign, putting up a 3.03 ERA with a 15-9 record on the season. The native of Roseville, Minn., struck out a team-high 94 batters on the season in 159.2 innings of work. Hylen, already Iowa State's career leader in saves with nine, continues to climb Iowa State's all-time rankings in several categories. Her 41 career wins are No. 5 in ISU history. She is also among the all-time leaders in appearances (No. 3- 141), games started (No. 4 - 76), innings pitched (No. 3 - 540.1) and strikeouts (No. 10 - 298).

    Hylen is coming off one of the finest outings of her career in Iowa State's 2-0 upset of No. 8 Texas. She put in a complete game shutout, allowing just five hits and no runs in 7.0 innings of work. It was her 11th complete game of the season, and her second shutout.

    The NFCA awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association's 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2019 NFCA Division I All-American squads.

    The 2019 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday, May 29, via NFCA.org.

    Eight Wildcats earn MIAC All-Conference Honors, Ehde earns Rookie of the Year, Force Coach Jenna George named All Conference, Former Force player and current Force coach Grace Gilmore named 1st Team All Conference, Former Force Player Amber Montero named 2nd Team All Confernce

    Congrats on a phenomenal freshman season at St. Catherine's University.  We are so PROUD of YOU!!!

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced the 2019 MIAC Softball Awards on Monday, including the All-Conference and honorable mention Teams, All-Sportsmanship Team, and Player, Pitcher, Rookie, and Coach of the Year honors. St. Catherine had a total of eight student-athletes recognized this season, the most in program history. 

    Shortstop Alex Ehde was named Rookie of the Year after leading all first-year players with 33 hits, 21 RBI, and a batting average of .423 in 78 conference at-bats for St. Kate's in 2019. The first-year shortstop finished her debut season with an on-base percentage of .442 and a slugging percentage of .526 to help the Wildcats lock down the No. 2 seed in the conference playoffs. She becomes St. Catherine's second-ever Rookie of the Year selection, joining 2015 honoree Krista Flugstad. Ehde is the first non-pitcher to win the award since Saint Benedict infielder Kimberly Lidstone in 2013.

    In addition to individual awards, the 2019 All-Conference Team, honorable mention selections, and All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team were also announced on Monday. The 39-member All-Conference team included players from all 12 MIAC teams, with 15 seniors, nine juniors, 10 sophomores, and five first-year selections on the squad. St. Catherine had four total on the MIAC All-Conference team and four additional earn All-Conference Honorable Mention. 

    Senior Jenna George earned her third MIAC All-Conference honor finishing her impressive four-year career as the Wildcats all-time leader in career home runs, walks, and RBI. Fellow senior Anna Hinderaker earned her second MIAC All-Conference honor finishing her career as the teams runs, hits, games played and triples leader. Hinderaker also was named to the MIAC All-Sportsmanship team. As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the 13th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for softball. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

    Sophomore pitcher Kathryn Proper was named to the MIAC All-Conference team following an impressive second-year campaign. Proper tallied a total of 117 strikeouts averaging 5.89 per game and an ERA of 2.57. 

    Four additional Wildcats were recognized as honorable mention this season. Juniors Amber Montero and Autumn Mortenson were honored as MIAC All-Conference honorable mention for the first time in their careers. Montero was was fourth in the conference this season with doubles per game and was the youngest Wildcat in program history to achieve 100 hits, reaching that milestone in the first game this season. As the starting catcher all season, Mortenson had a total of 200 putouts and was second in the MIAC for sacrifice fly's. 

    Sophomore Mikayla Grant achieved MIAC All-Conference Honors for the first time in her career at St. Kate's. The second baseman was named to the MIAC All-Tournament team just last week following an impressive performance in the 2019 Playoffs. 

    The final Wildcat recognized this season with conference honors was first-year pitcher Annabelle Schutte. Splitting time in the circle with Proper, Schutte finished the season with an overall record of 13-4. Schutte tallied 74 strikeouts, averaging 4.24 strikeouts per game and finishing her debut season with 2.75 ERA. 

    Force Coach Julia "Buffy" Buffington

    By b 04/27/2019, 7:30am CDT

    Julia will be graduating from Upper Iowa University with a 3.85 gpa and a degree in Elementary Education.  Upon graduating, Julia will be coaching softball for the Minnesota Force.  We are so proud of her and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her.

    2019 Park High School Athena Award WInner

    By b 04/18/2019, 7:00am CDT

    Congrats Saren!!

    Minnesota Force wants to say Congrats to Saren Croker of Park High School.  Saren has been named a 2019 Athena Award winner.  Saren plays for Force 18U Powers and will be continuing her softball career this Fall at Creighton University in Omaha.

    • It all started with a dream...

    • By Admin 04/12/2019, 8:00am CDT
    • Living a Dream-Julie Standering and the Arizona Wildcats won their first NCAA Division 1 Championship. Read the story about how these ladies started it all!!
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    The Minnesota Fastpitch Academy Mission

    Julie Standering's Minnesota Fastpitch Academy is a softball consulting organization committed to the development of Minnesota youth softballers of all ages through player programs for skill development, leadership development of youth and high school coaches and the support of softball organizations within Minnesota townships. This first of its kind consulting team features elite fastpitch softball training from the most experienced and accomplished fastpitch coaches and players ever assembled in the state of Minnesota.

    The purpose of the Minnesota Fastpitch Academy is to build better women athletes and leaders by further expanding the scope and opportunity for social and athletic development for young women throughout Minnesota, through intense skills and sports psychology development from elite, world class female softball players and coaches. The organization is designed to expand the system of women's social and athletic development by creating a natural process for success mentoring through elite fastpitch softball training. The MFA sees an opportunity to play a significant role in the ongoing process of building momentum and enthusiasm for women's softball, while fostering interest and participation in Minnesota youth programs at all levels.

    With an organization like Julie Standering's Minnesota Fastpitch Academy, Minnesota female youth athletes have an opportunity to exponentially excel their development. With more than 60 million softball players worldwide (60% of whom are women), and Minnesota being one of the highest states for amateur participation per capita, the landscape is ripe for a superior women's mentoring program. The MFA's athletes and professionals are excited with the prospect of giving back to Minnesota's communities through the development of women softball players, coaches, and programs.

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    MFA Camp Staff,

    I also wanted to thank all of you for an amazing experience!!  Jordyn had

    a blast at camp and literally could not wait to come each day. :-)  She

    loved the coaches and learned a lot, is excited to apply it all to her

    game.  She is so disappointed that she'll miss out on the last day.

    Thanks again for such a great experience!

    Gina M.

     

    Hi Lisa;

    I hope all is going well with you & you are enjoying your spring!  I just had to drop you a quick note.  Allie had her first games, and first playing with a new team.  She got up to bat 4 times and hit EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!  She got a triple and 3 doubles and two of them hit the grass on first bounce!  She really took what you all taught her to heart and it showed.  When we got in the car to come home, she goes "Mom, those hits felt really good!  And I know I was running faster and I know that is from being at MFA."  She also got the "most supportive teammate" award from her coach for cheering on her teammates - pretty cool to watch:)

    Thank you again for all your encouragement to Allie and all she's learned.  She'll carry it forever.  

    Natalie V

    Hi Coach B, I just wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to you and all of the MFA staff!! Since joining your group, the improvement in Julia's hitting has been amazing. She hit back to back homeruns followed by a triple in the championship game and went 9 for 11 total in her high school tournament today. It's great to see the progress. You guys are amazing!!

    Thanks again,

    Chris A.

    I am a Mom that has coached both of her daughters for the last 3 years and both are now 6 & 9 years old. I knew my oldest was ready for the next level and needed a new experience. My youngest, who picked up the sport early on, lacked the confidence to play if Mom wasn’t nearby coaching and a fear of being outside her comfort zone to learn new things. My oldest daughter loved the experience she had at one of MFA’s pitching clinics, and how much fun they made everything. I knew they were the right team to help me with both my daughter’s needs. The first day of their Instructional Clinic, both girls fearlessly learned new drills and left with soaring confidence due to the team’s ability to make them feel good about what they were learning. MFA kept both young girls 100% engaged the entire time, and they loved every minute of it. Only disappointment the girls had was the follow day when it wasn’t Clinic Day!  Kudos to MFA for giving my girls a great experience and making them love softball even more.  One satisfied Mom, and two very excited and happy girls. Thank you MFA!

    Candi S.

    Bella had try-outs for both her in-house team and the travel team and she received rave reviews from all of the coaches. She made the top travel team and the coach sent me a note commenting on her amazing improvement and confidence. He was in awe of her hitting, and all of her skills really. He's not overly known for his praise so I know if he says it, he really means it!!

    MFA is a big part of that improvement so I wanted to thank you and Julie for the great work you do. We'll be back for more training for sure. We've had tons of parents ask us what she did to improve so much in the off season and we're spreading the word about the great work you do. She was good before but now she's at another level of play, which is exciting to see. You make it so fun that she never feels like it's a chore to go and it's clearly paid off in her skills and confidence. She can't wait for the season to start. Thanks again -

    Tammy L.

     

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    Force Opening Weekend June 3-4, 2017

    • Congrats to 14U Bruzek for winning the A Bracket Consolation tournament at the Rookies Tournament.
    • Congrats to 16U Buffington for winning the B Bracket Consolation at the Rookies Tournament.
    • Congrats to 14U Giere for winning the Championship of the Silver Bracket at the Fast n Furious Tournament.
    • Congrats to 14U Hylen for winning the 14U B Bracket Championship at the Rookies Tournament.
    • Congrats to 18U Simonson/Staton for winning the B Bracket at the Rookies Tournament.
    • Congrats to 16U Standering for winning the 16U A Bracket at the Rookies Tournament

    Sydney Chiappetta visiting with Mike Candrea from the University of Arizona

    Fun in the sun!!!  Syd enjoyed a 3 game sweep of the U of A Wildcats over the University of Texas

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    MFA Instructional League Testemonial

    Thank you for your love of teaching softball to the crazy girls who love learning from you! The picture of all the girls is awesome, thank yoy taking the time to take it (no small task getting them to assemble in any manner with all that energy) and then taking the time to send share it.

    You are a blessing to my daughter Paige she thinks the world of you and Julie.

    Kori C.



    Julie's personal commitment to excellence is amazing! She has a great understanding of the mental approach needed to excel at the next level! Head Coaching Legend University of Arizona