BURNSVILLE, Minn. - The Northern Sun (NSIC) released their NSIC Softball All-Conference Teams and Concordia-St. Paul's Bekah Roth was named to the Second Team.
Roth, a senior second baseman, finished the NSIC season ranked 12th in the league with a .406 batting average in 30 conference games. Her .464 on-base percentage and .644 slugging percentage also ranked 12th and 14th, respectively. Roth's counting numbers were especially impressive in league play as she shared the league lead with 11 doubles, ranked third with 41 hits, fifth with 65 total bases and ninth with 26 RBI.
On the season as a whole, she finished the regular season hitting .373 with four home runs and 45 RBI and 19 total extra base hits. Her 45 RBI on the season ranks second in single-season program history.
The senior keystone has also worked her way up the list in multiple categories on the Concordia career ranks this season. She enters the NSIC Tournament tied for fifth in school history with 117 RBI, seventh with 16 career home runs, and in the top-12 in batting average (.314), on-base percentage (.368) and slugging percentage (.472).
Feb. 23, 2015
Big Ten Release
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Minnesota softball senior Erica Meyer was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Meyer became the first Gopher to earn the honor since April of 2013 when Tyler Walker took it home. She shares the plaudit with Michigan junior Kelsey Susalla.
The selection was the first of its kind for Meyer, a 2014 NFCA All-Great Lakes Region selection.
Meyer led the Gophers offensively in their 5-0 weekend at Arizona State's Diamond Devil Invitational, where Minnesota met four teams that combined for a 139-74-1 record last season.
The Arden Hills, Minn. native hit .600 with a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.400 slugging percentage. She had at least one hit and one run in each game and had two runs in four of five games. Meyer homered in each of the tournament's first three games and doubled in the weekend's last three games.
For the weekend, Meyer led or tied for the Big Ten lead in slugging percentage, runs, doubles, home runs and total bases, was second in the conference in batting average and was in the top three for hits and on-base percentage. She did not strike out in 15 at bats and was successful in her only steal attempt.
Minnesota had two weekly conference awards following the first week of the season when Sara Groenewegen won Big Ten Pitcher of the Week and Danielle Parlich was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week.
The Gophers pick up play with five games at the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla. this weekend.
2014 - Taylor Daas (SS) 1st Team
2014 - McKenzie Anderson (OF) 2nd Team
2014 - Michelle Brockamp (2B) 2nd Team
2013 - Taylor Daas (SS) 1st Team
(Left to right): Kelsey Weindruch, Elisa Smith (MVSA), Head Coach Renae Hartl, Morgan Franklin, Shari Huber
Luther College seniors Shari Huber, Elisa Smith, Morgan Franklin and Kelsey Weindruch have wrapped-up a remarkable four-year run on the Norse softball team.
Huber, Smith and Franklin played in four NCAA Division III softball national tournaments, while Weindruch joined the Norse as a sophomore in 2011, after transferring from Muscatine Community College.
They are the only players in Luther softball history to play in three or four consecutive National Softball Championships. Prior to this current four-year streak, Luther advanced to the National Softball Championships in 1985, 1990 and 1991, under the direction of Hall of Fame Coach Betty Hoff.
Current coach Renae Hartl has led the Norse to a record of 363-147 in the past 12 years, including a mark of 157-33 the last four years.
Huber hit .391 this year for the Norse, with 7 doubles, 5 triples and 3 home runs. Smith had a .351 batting average with 7 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs. Franklin hit .331 with 6 doubles and 3 home runs. Weindruch hit .313 with 9 doubles, 1 triple and 4 home runs. All four played in each and every one of Luther's 44 games this year.
MVSA has decided to highlight our past top athletes that came through our program. What is important here is the fact that MVSA has produced some of the best softball players in the metro and many have gone on to have successful careers playing softball in college. But if you are a young player reading this it is important to note that most of our top athletes chose a college first for their academics based on their career choice (degree) and what college had the right 'fit' for them and then chose their sport. Many have gone to college just for academics, some have chosen other sports.
All of these athletes were dedicated to the MVSA program (Many of these athletes played 10 Summers with MVSA). Among them they have countless number of Tri County championships, State championships and many National tournament accomplishments. MVSA has worked with more college players that chose to play with their local association. The best part is that MVSA has earned all of these accomplishments and yet has the lowest fees in the Metro Area. MVSA fees are a 1/2 of the price of most, not all Metro Association and approximately 1/12 of the price of any "club" team. MVSA produces memorable "affordable" experiences!
If you are an MVSA Alumni, please send us a note. We would like to hear about your High School and College accomplishments. We would really like to have a note on your reflections on what MVSA meant to you. This page will be always evolving so we appreciate your feedback.
Softball is played for the love of the sport. MVSA has been fortunate to have many dedicated great athletes come through the Summer program and go on to college. Here is just a snapshot of some of the top athletes that have played for MVSA in the past and went on to attend college.
|2000||Sara Medved||Gustavus Adolphus||Inducted to Minnesota Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame|
|2002||Jen Guetterman||St. Mary's||Successful college career|
|2004||Jen Peterson||University of Eau Claire||Won College World Series, 2 time college letter winner|
|2004||Kristi Carlson||All Conference- All Section|
|2004||Kim Aune||St. Thomas||All Conference- All Section|
|2004||Bre Wrobel||All Conference- All Section|
|2005||Amanda Michealson||Concordia College||MIAC All Conference Team|
|2005||Laura Medved||North Dakota State University||All- Conference, All- State|
|2006||Brenna Healy||Hamline University||MIAC All-Tournament Team|
|2006||Jenna Johnson||Gustavus Adolphus||MN all star series participant, Attended College World Series|
|2006||Amber Roth||University of North Dakota||MN all star series participant, Two year team captain UND|
|2006||Kristin Danielson||University of MN Duluth||All- Conference, All- State, hold numerous UMD college records for batting and pitching.|
|2006||Katlin Stepaniak||University of St. Thomas|
|2006||Abby Hayes||University of St. Thomas|
|2007||Erin Bennek||Upper Iowa Universty||MN all star series participant and Athena recipient .|
|2007||Kaley Burns||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|2007||Sammie Howard||University of Minnesota||MN all star series participant and Athena recipient, First Team All- State, Pioneer Press Softball Player of the year, 4 year scholar athlete U of MN. Academic all Big 10 2 years.|
|2007||Jess Guetterman||St. Mary's|
|2008||Michelle Brunn||Mankato State University|
|2008||Emily Gorman||University of Notre Dame|
|2008||Katie Kruse||Mankato State University||Attended the 2011 College World Series|
|2008||Andrea Nisler||Drake University||First Team All-State|
|2008||Rose Tusa||University of Wisconsin-River Falls||MN all star series participant, All-State, numerous state pitching records, Scholar athlete of the year at UWRF.|
|2009||Elisa Smith||Luther College||Attended the 2011, 2012 & 2013 College World Series|
|2009||Sarah Lundeen||University of Wisconsin-River Falls|
|2010||Julie Bakos||St. Benedict|
|2010||Ashley Bye||Iowa State||Softball & Hockey Team Captain, All Conference, 3 sport- 11 time letter recipient.|
|2010||Anna Gorman||St. Olaf||Team Captain, All Conference|
|2010||Kathryn Hoyme||Virginia Tech|
|2010||Riley Mooney||Waldorf College|
|2010||Rebecca Roth||Concordia, St. Paul||MN all star series participant, All-State. Attended the 2012 College World Series|
|2010||Jyll Tusa||Michigan Tech||All-Conference, All-State Junior and Senior year.|
|2010||Sarah L�Allier||South Dakota Northern State|
|2011||Meghan Lorence||University of Minnesota||All-State, holds numerous school and State records, plays hockey for the Golden Gophers. Won 2012, 2013 & 2015 Hockey National Championship, Runner-up 2014. Finishing her career she won her 3rd National Championship!|
|2011||Taylor Daas||Morningside College||All-Conference, team captain. Attended the 2012 & 2013 College World Series, 2013 All Conference|
|2011||Nikki Healy||St. Kate's|
|2011||Erica Meyer||University of Minnesota||All-State, plays for the Golden Gophers, holds numerous pitching records for Totino Grace. Attended 2013 College World Series. Was selected Big Ten player of the week in February 2015.|
|2011||Caroline Ponessa||St. Olaf College||All- Conference, All- State, Athena recipient|
|2012||Meghan Danielson||Gustavus Adolphus||Team Captain, All Conference- '11,'12|
|2012||Carley Eichten||University of MN||Team Captain|
|2012||Lauren Hurley||Augsburg||Team Captain, All Conference, All Section- '11.'12. Earned rookie of the year, All-Conference.|
|2012||Hallie Schley||University of MN||Team Captain, partipated in the 2012 All Star Series|
|2013||Taylor Linn||Concordia, St. Paul|
|2013||Kathryn Larson||Bethel University|
|2013||Maddie Gorman||Auburn University|
|2013||Megan Pomeroy||MN State University- Mankato|
|2013||Jessica Mulari||MN State University- Mankato|
|2013||Krista Puhl||St. Cloud State- University|
|2014||Ashley Linn||University of Minnesota-Twin Cities|
|2014||Kelsey Murphy||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|2014||Carissa Struve||Augsburg College|
|2015||Amy Irving||Winona State University|
|2015||Brooke Olson||Texas Christian University|
|2015||Claire VanBuren||University of St. Thomas|
|2015||Erin O'Doughtry||University of Wisconsin River Falls|
|2015||Jacky Volkert||University of St. Thomas|
|2015||Maddy Lavelle||University of Wisconsin Eau Claire|
|2015||Maggie Schley||College of St. Scholastica||Team Captain, 2nd All State, 4X MPV, 4X All Conference, 1x All Section, partipated in the 2015 All Star Series|
|2015||Megan Montero||University of Minnesota|
|2015||Sydney Meyer||Winona State University|
|2015||Tess Martin||Humble State University|