FORCE SUPPORTING FORCE!!
Congrats to our 18U Minnesota Force Powers team for winning the 2018 Gold State Championship held at the University of Minnesota. The 18U Powers team went undefeated in the tourney and beat the A's 6-0 to win the Championship. Way to Go FORCE!!
CONGRATS TO THE FOLLOWING FORCE PLAYERS FOR THEIR POST SEASON HS AWARDS-
Morgan Anderson-2017-18 Suburban East All Conference
Julia Azure-All section and All conference
Emma Brunn-MFCA All Section Award, Tri-Metro Conference Honorable Mention Award.
Taylor Brunn-All-Conference, All-Section, and 1st Team All-State 2AA.
Alli Clark - 2nd Team All State-All Tournament TEAM 3A State HS Tournament, All Section, All Conference Team East Metro
Saren Croker - 2018All Conference, All Section, All State Honorable Mention, All Tournament TEAM 4A State HS Tournament
Sophie Culhane-All conference, Captain for Maple Grove 2019
Sam Fohrman-All Conference, All Section and All State Honorable Mention
Emma Frost-All conference-All section-2nd team all state
Grace Gilmore - All Tournament TEAM 4A State HS Tournament
Grace Hadlich-All Conference Honorable Mention East Metro-Mahtomedi HS
Hailey Heckenlaible-All Conference, All Section, Offensive MVP, Academic All Conference, Honorable Mention
Lauren Laviano-All Conference East Metro-Mahtomedi HS
Alyssa Montero - Second Team All State and Third TEAM All Metro
Aliyah Neeser-2018 Hardest Worker Award Forest Lake
Anna Newton 2018 Academic All State, Athena Award for Hill-Murray, 2018 Metro East All Conference , 2018 All Section ,2018 All State Honorable Mention, 2018 Metro East Student Athlete Award for Seniors who achieve both All Conference and >3.7 GPA, 2018 State Tournament participant (Team 3rd place finish)
Madie Pich-2018 All Conference
Erin Reardon- Champlin Park Defensive MVP, All Section, All Conference Honorable Mention
Ella Roberts-2018 All Conference and All Academic
Gemma Rossini-Honorable Mention All Conference Tri-Metro Conference and All Section
Haley Rosenthal-All Conference Honorable Mention East Metro-Mahtomedi HS-Team Captain 2019
Annalise Scamehorn-2018 All-Conference Northwest Suburban Conference, Team MVP, Team Offensive MVP, and Academic Excellence Award
Caitlyn Schreier-Teresan Medal for the second highest grade point average (Salutatorian)and the Sister Anne Countryman Medal for excellence in Social Studies 2018, 3AAA All Star 2018, All-Conference All-Section, Team MVP
Aubree Terris-2018 Defensive Player of the Year, All Conference, All Section
Sarah Wlazlo All-Section Team
Sydney Zavoral-All Conference, All Section, Team Raptor Award! Team Captain 2018 East Ridge High School
Afton Zemke-Team MVP, All Conference MCAA ,All Section 4A,All State Honorable Mention , Team Captain 2019
2018 RINGNECK CHAMPIONS-18U POWERS
14U TNT SILVER BRACKET CHAMPIONS-14U GIERE
The Athena awards recognizes top female athletes and it is up to individual schools to select their criteria. Hill-Murray has historically put emphasis on athletes that have excelled in more than one sport, show teamwork and leadership and excel academically. Anna has multiple letters in softball and basketball, is a team captain, participates in many other co-curricular activities focused on service and was awarded academic all-state. Congrats Anna!!!
Congrats to Lisa on her commitment to play both basketball and softball at Bethel University!
Force Coaches -
On the last day of our spring trip one of the seniors on my Mac team shared an incredible compliment that I wanted to pass along to you. The senior asked me if I knew the coach of the program that Kennedy and Molly came from. My response was that of course I know the coaches and that is where my daughter plays because it is the best program in MN. ;-)
When I asked why she was inquiring she shared these thoughts/insights:
Kennedy and Molly are the best teammates - they volunteer to do things that others don't want to do like carry equipment and catch in bullpens (we don't have enough catchers). During the week they even caught for a relief pitcher to warm-up when they themselves were slated to start the game in the infield or outfield forgoing parts of their own warm-up. Their attitudes are impeccable and they are a pleasure to play with. It is clear that they are well trained athletes and they are also fierce competitors. As first-years on the team they are both already talented leaders.
After asking the senior if I could pass along the compliment, I asked her to forward it to me in her words so it was written exactly from her perspective. The paragraph above is from the text she sent.
As both a parent of one of your current athletes and as a coach working with student-athletes that came from the Force Family I want to express gratitude for all that you do. Softball is not just about hitting, fielding, and pitching, it's all the stuff in between that makes these girls/young women wonderful people. Being a skilled, fierce competitor is a very high compliment that takes a strong commitment, but being a leader and an amazing teammate at the same time is really the ultimate goal.
Happy Monday to you all! Keep changing lives in all the ways you do every day!
Thank you -
The Minnesota Fastpitch Academy (MFA) was launched in the summer of 2010 as an avenue for softball players to advance their game at every level. Our purpose is and still remains the same- build better female athletes and leaders by further expanding the scope and opportunity for social and athletic development in young women throughout the Midwest. 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.
The Minnesota Fastpitch Academy-Force is a byproduct of that vision. With four 14U, five 16U, and two 18U - Force Teams competing in the 2018 season, we are excited to offer year round training to the athletes in our program. Our teams are made up of players who are dedicated and committed to taking their game to the next level. MFA-Force realizes that the players in our program all have different goals and aspirations and we want to provide every opportunity for them to successfully accomplish what they set out to do. MFA-Force believes in the philosophy that if a player is interested in growing their game and increasing their softball IQ, then our organization is the right place to be.
Minnesota Fastpitch Academy-Force head coaches are all former collegiate softball players or coaches who have competed against some of the best players in the nation. MFA-Force believes that this experience helps us relate to our players in a special and unique way because we have been through the ranks and have had great experiences along the way.
Everyone in our organization is excited to help shape the future of our MFA-Force athletes and help them elevate their game.
CONGRATS TO THE FOLLOWING FORCE TEAMS AT NATIONALS 2018
14U GIERE-4th Place Finish MOA NATIONALS, MN
14U HYLEN-PGF Midwest Regional Championship- Peoria, IL
14U McCLOUD-PGF Midwest Regional Championship- Peoria, IL
14U STANDERING-PGF Midwest Regional Championship- Peoria, IL
16U BRUZEK-PGF National Championship- Huntington Beach, CA
16U BUFFINGTON-PGF Midwest Regional Championship- Peoria, IL
16U GEORGE PGF Midwest Regional Championship- Peoria, IL
16U REHBERGER PGF Midwest Regional Championship- Peoria, IL
18U POWERS PGF Midwest Regional Championship- Peoria, IL
18U JOHNSON PGF Midwest Regional Championship- Peoria, IL