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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

CONGRATS TO OUR 2019 FORCE Commits!

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-Crookston

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. 

Thanks, 

-Sophie Culhane 

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-Crookston

Kenzie Lohse-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

NORTHERN PREMIER PGF CLUB CHALLENGE 2ND PLACE FINISH - 14U


FORCE SUPPORTING FORCE!!

MINNESOTA FORCE 18U 2018 GOLD STATE CHAMPIONS

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!!

FORCE HIGH SCHOOL HONORS AND AWARDS

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 SUMMER TOURNAMENT WINNERS


2018 RINGNECK CHAMPIONS-18U POWERS


14U TNT SILVER BRACKET CHAMPIONS-14U GIERE

OUR FORCE-HILL MURRAY State Tournament PLAYERS!!

OUR FORCE-CENTENNIAL PLAYERS!!

MADIE PICH NAMED STAR TRIBUNE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

OLIVIA BEAULIEU NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

EMILY PRICE NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Force Alum Damara Theis leads UWS to Sweep of Northland College

Anna Newton Named 2018 Athena Award Recipient

 

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!!!

LISA HOFFER COMMITS TO BETHEL UNIVERSITY

Congrats to Lisa on her commitment to play both basketball and softball at Bethel University!

FORCE ALUMS Molly Hurley and Kennedy Kechely Representing Macalaster Softball in Tucson and Lexi Lasso with DCTC down in Florida

So Proud of Our Force Alum

 

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 - 

Jody

Minnesota Force Volunteering at the POLAR PLUNGE

CONGRATS GRACE GILMORE ON COMMITTING TO ST. BENEDICT'S

CONGRATS EMMA FROST ON SIGNING YOUR LETTER OF INTENT TO PLAY FOR UM-DULUTH

Centennial Tournament 16U Champs!!

About the Force

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.

We Are…Force!!

2018 HEADING TO NATIONALS!!

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

 

Congrats to 14U Bruzek for their Top 10 Finish at the 2017 PGF Midwest Regional Championship-July 2017

FORCE 2018 College Commitments

2016 Force Holiday Party