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Bekah Roth was named to the Second Team.

02/12/2016, 6:45am CST
By Tom Bye

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).

Erica Meyer earns Big Ten Player of the Week

03/26/2015, 12:45pm CDT
By Tom Bye

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.

Graduation Year Name College Accomplishments
2000 Sara Medved Gustavus Adolphus Inducted to Minnesota Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
2002 Sara Carlson
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
2004 Gia Marchio
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 Leah Komarec Northwestern
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´┐ŻAllier 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 Sarah Birkholz Macalester
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