Congrats to the following Force athletes on winning the MN Softball Hub Player of the Week Honors
CHLOE BARBER-April 19-24
HELENE KRAGE-May 3-8
This scholarship is being provided through the Lexi Kretsch Summer Showdown Scholarship Fund administered by MN Vortex/MN A’s. The scholarship is in memory of Lexi, an amazing softball player and even more amazing young woman. Lexi’s passion for life was to make a positive difference in the lives of others, stand up for and give to the less fortunate and make others feel loved through her contagious laugh and beautiful smile. Providing this scholarship will continue her legacy of giving forward. Thank you for applying.
We have a 1st Team All American on our staff!!!
Wow, it has been an incredible YEAR for our Force Coaches and Alum
Way to GO!!
Coach Sam Fohrman, Georgian Court University All East Region 2nd Team
Coach Angela Huepfel, St. Catherine University, was named 1st Team All Midwest Region, MIAC Player of the Year and 1st Team All American
Coach Kayla Simacek, Bethel University, was named 1st Team All Midwest Region
Alum Johanna Breyen, University of Wisconsin-RIver Falls , was named 2nd Team All Great Lakes Region. WIAC Newcomer of the year and 1st Team All-WIAC
Alum Grace Hadlich, The College of St. Scholastica, was named 2nd Team All Midwest Region, Rookie of the Year
Alum Lisa Hoffer, Martin Luther College, was named 1st Team All Midwest Region
Alum Maddie Lehto RRCC MCAC North All Division Player of the Year
Alum Haley Rosenthal, The College of St. Scholastica, was named 3rd Team All Midwest Region
Good Luck with additional awards that might be headed your way.
We are all so PROUD OF YOU!!!
FALL USSSA STATE 14U "A" CHAMPIONS
11 Hours and 6 games Later... CHAMPIONS!!!
Super proud of you and all of your hard work to come back tougher and stronger than ever. Mental Toughness and Perseverance are traits of a Champion!!
Way to represent all weekend Force. You all Play with Class, Respect for the Game and Pride. We are all very proud of you!! Be Great!
Congrats to 14U Gilmore/Croker Team
CONGRATS TO 14U STANDERING FOR WINNING THE TOP TIER 14U OPEN TOURNEY AND TO 14U ZAVORAL FOR WINNING THE TOP TIER 14U A TOURNEY IN HAM LAKE JULY 12TH. Great team win and so proud of all of the players and staff!!
This award is voted on by Opposing Coaches and Umpires. Such an incredible group of Force Players and Coaches. So Proud of You all for Doing things the right way!
Force Players attending Camp at Gustavus!!
Congrats to the following Force Athletes on Excellent High School Softball Seasons-
Elizabeth Berry-All Conference
Sophie Culhane-All Tournament Team High School State Tournament
Sid Gabriel- Big Rivers First Team All Conference WFSCA All District Honorable Mention-District 1
Hailey Heckenlaible- all conference, offensive mvp, stolen base school record (18), all conference academic
Lauren Laviano- All conference, defensive player of the year
Bella Lauer- All conference
Jordyn Meyer- 2019 Offensive Player of the Year and 2019 Hardest Worker Award White Bear Lake High School Team
Erin Reardon- All Conference, All Area, and Defensive MVP
Ella Roberts- all conference, all section, defensive mvp, wins school record (13), all conference academic
Annalise Scamehorn-All State Catcher
Aubree Terris- all conference, all section, team mvp, all conference academic
We Are Force Family!!!
Congrats to Hayley Robinson on her commitment to Augsburg University
Congrats to Annalise Scamehorn on her commitment to Concordia University of St. Paul
FORCE COACHES EMMA HYLEN AND SARAH LISKO PLAYING IN ARIZONA
Congrats to Autumn Theis on her commitment to University of Minnesota-Morris
Congrats to Kenzie Lohse on her commitment to University of Wisconsin-Stout
Congrats to Rylie Perkins on her commitment to Bethel University
Congrats to Force 2019 Chloe Palmer on her commitment to Queens University-Charlotte
Congrats to Force 2019 Julia Azure on her commitment to St. Catherine's University
Congrats to Saren Croker on her commitment to Creighton University
Congrats to Sophie Culhane on her commitment to St. Cloud State University
Julia Azure-St. Catherine's University
Ever since I first started playing softball, it has been a dream of mine to play at the collegiate level. Being a part of the Force has helped me become a better player and person, and has helped me achieve this goal. Without the support from my amazing coaches, teammates, and family I wouldn't have been able to make this dream a reality. Committing to St. Catherine University was an easy decision because it felt like home right away. I can't wait to be a part of their fantastic softball program and their incredible physical therapy program. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along this journey!
Taylor Brunn-University of Minnesota-Morris
Sophie Culhane- St. Cloud State
Ever since I first picked up a bat and a glove, I knew I wanted to play college softball. Playing for the Force, and being around all of the amazing coaches and teammates, has allowed me to realize my potential and become a better person on and off the field. Because of this, it was an easy decision to commit to play college softball at St. Cloud State University. The second I stepped on campus, it felt right. The elite softball team, prestigious engineering program, and the campus life make me feel at home while I was 50 miles away. I can’t thank everyone enough who has helped as I am able to live out my dream to play college softball.
Saren Croker-Creigton University
Softball has been a big part of my life since I was a little girl. I have a lot to be thankful for as it has provided me with so much...memories, skill development, opportunities, personal growth on and off the field and mostly it has given me my Force family. It’s program of all women who consistently inspire and shape young girls into strong women who will all make their marks on the world. I would not be who am I today without this program and these women. I couldn’t be more excited to step into the next chapter of my life at Creighton University and I have the Force to thank for helping me get there. Thanks for everything through this amazing journey!
Ella Eibensteiner-University of Minnesota-Morris
Allegra Larson-UW- Stout
Jessica Miller-University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Alyssa Montero-St. Catherine's University
Chloe Palmer-Queens University of Charlotte
I have been playing softball for as long as I can remember and the more I played the more I realized that I wanted to continue to play softball in college. With this dream in mind, coming to the Force was the best decision I have ever made. Whenever I am with the coaches or other players, I always feel at my best. I know that every coach here has my best interest at heart. Thank you to every coach at Force for pushing me to be better at all times and for helping me to reach my goal. I couldn’t be more excited to play for Queens University next season, and I know it wouldn’t be possible without everything I have learned and will take away from Force.
Rylie Perkins-Bethel University
I have been playing softball for as long as I can remember and it’s been a key part of my life. It has always been a way for me to test my limits and grow as a person. I knew very quickly that I wanted to play ball at a collegiate level so making the decision to play for the Force was an easy one. The coaches have allowed me to fail forward and learn from my mistakes. They have taught me so much about not only softball but about being a good person. I’m so excited to start a new chapter in my life Bethel University! I could not have done it without the amazing support from my coaches, family and friends!
Emily Price-St. Catherine's University
Hayley Robinson-Augsburg University
Annalise Scamehorn-Concordia University
Autumn Theis-University of Minnesota-Morris
I started playing softball at a young age, after watching my sister play. After attending some of the MFA clinics, along with pitching and hitting lessons, I knew I wanted to be part of the MN Force. The incredible coaching staff helped me to build my softball skills but more importantly, my confidence in myself. Selecting to attend and play for the U of M, Morris was easy for me, they have a great elementary education program and the campus size is a great fit for me. To top it off, the coaches and players at Morris made me feel at home. I want to thank all of my MN Force coaches, especially Meggan for helping me develop my almighty Change-Up. Finally, a big thank you to Coach B and Coach S for always believing in me and giving me a chance.
Sidney Zavoral-Eastern Illinois University
“It starts with a dream. Add faith, and it becomes a belief. Add action, and it becomes a part of life. Add perseverance, and it becomes a goal in sight. Add patience and time, and it ends with a dream come true.” -Doe Zantamata
My dream of playing collegiate softball started at the young age of 7 when I stepped on the ball field and I fell in love with everything softball had to offer. I am so thankful for everything I learned through different programs and coaches but I am especially thankful for the Force Family. Being in the Force program was the best 2 years of my softball career, I had the privilege to be coached by my Force Coaches. Not only have these coaches improved my physical game but they have also improved my mental game as well. They have helped me become the person I am today. This program cares about us as athletes, and PEOPLE and because of this I am going to the college of my dreams Eastern Illinois University. The decision to commit to Eastern Illinois was so easy it felt like home away from home, and when I was on campus it felt RIGHT. Thanks for everything, can’t wait to fulfill my lifelong dream.
More specific information to follow
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 2020
12U POWERS -USSSA Nationals Bettendorf, IA
14U BEAULIEU-NAFA Nationals, MN
14U EHDE-USSSA Nationals-Kansas City, KS
14U GILMORE/CROKER-USSSA Nationals-Kansas City, KS
14U HYLEN-PGF Midwest Regional Championship-Peoria IL, USSSA Nationals-Kansas City, KS
14U PERKINS/PALMER-NAFA Nationals, MN
14U STANDERING-PGF Midwest Regional Championship-Peoria IL, USSSA Nationals-Kansas City, KS
14U ZAVORAL-USSSA Nationals-Des Moines, Iowa
16U BRUZEK-PGF Midwest Regional Championship, Peoria IL-USA-ES Nationals-Kansas City, KS
18U BUFFINGTON-USSSA Nationals-Kansas City, KS
16U GEORGE -USSSA Nationals Bettendorf, IA
16U MCCLOUD USSSA Nationals Bettendorf, IA
18U USSSA Nationals-Kansas City, KS
We want to send a HUGE CONGRATS out to the 18U Minnesota Force Powers team on winning the PGF Midwest Regional Championship!! This team has done an outstanding job all summer and we are all so proud of them and this amazing accomplishment!! Coach Colleen Powers and Katie Bierstedt led this group with class, integrity and respect for the game, all season long. We are so proud of all of you!! Congrats Julia Azure, Alli Clark, Saren Croker, Sophie Culhane, Sam Fohrman, Katie Kurzejeski, Allegra Larson, Maddie Lehto, Alyssa Montero, Emily Price, and Izzy Wilhelm, Special thanks to Sidney Zavoral for filling in at nationals too. We have had some of these players wearing the Navy and Red of Minnesota Force their entire career and they have done so much for our program. They are tremendous leaders, amazing teachers, supportive teammates and really cool people. We are all so proud of this team!!
Congrats to our 14U Sherman team for Winning the 14U Open Championship. The team went 4-0-1 at the S & C Showcase over the weekend to bring home the 1st place trophy!!
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.
DEVELOPING SKILLS. BUILDING CONFIDENCE.
"Creating Champions for Life"
MN FORCE FASTPITCH ACADEMY
AUGUST 2019 - MARCH 31, 2020
Force Academy All Skills Training Program- Teams of 11-12 players
What To Expect From The Minnesota Force Academy Experience
Team placements will take place after Fall Ball finishes, so that players can focus on competing with their associations.
Join MFA Master Coach, Brit Bruzek for this position specific clinic to improve skill sets in the following areas. Sign up for 1 or 2 or all of the clinics and increase your knowledge and job responsibilities for each position. Space is limited to no more than 10 players.
Velocity Throwing Clinic
$60 total for the 3 Monday Sessions
Break down in detail to build speed and accuracy
Proper mechanics to maximize velocity
Increase transition speed
Footwork and leg drive
Drills /distances and body emphasis
Developing into an Elite 1B or 3B
Coverage in situations
Footwork to bases
Bag coverage/ footwork
Proper Fielding Mechanics
$75 total for the 3 Monday Sessions
Developing into an Elite Outfielder
$75 total for the 3 Monday Sessions
-Angles in the field to develop range and consistency
-Learning to master on the run catch
-Containment and transition into throw
-Developing a strong arm
Developing into an Elite Middle Infielder
$75 total for the 3 Monday Sessions
-Angles in the field to develop range and consistency
Transition throws, on the run throws
-Double play footwork, tag footwork
-Developing soft hands and quick transition
- Developing a strong arm
-Proper Fielding Mechanics
Developing into an Elite Catcher
$75 total for the 3 Monday Sessions
-Footwork (receiving,pickoff, throw downs)
-Blocking to transition to throw
- throwing transitions
-Throwing drills to develop a strong arm with quick transition
-Setting up to get the best pitch for your pitcher
All clinics held at Fairview Community Center fields with a rain back up facility at Minnesota Fastpitch Academy Indoor Training Facility located close by in New Brighton.
Demarini and Louisville Slugger bats in all styles-
Softball and Baseball bats available for purchase at discounted prices. Contact Minnesota Fastpitch Academy for pricing.
Deep Discounts on brand new remaining 2017 and 2018 Demarini and Louisville Slugger bats!!