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Bekah Roth Signs with Concordia St. Paul!

Please click on the article below and read about MVSA's Bekah Roth!

She has been a lifetime MVSA player!

Congratulations! We are proud of you!

MVSA Hosts 2009 NAFA 14,16,18 Northern Nationals

MVSA hosted the 2009 NAFA 14,16,18 Northern Nationals at Rice Creek Fields on July 23 through July 26th, 2009.

Photos from the opening ceremony at Rice Creek Fields....

Former MVSA Players Recognized

Sara Medved Inducted Into Minnesota Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame  

Former MVSA player and former Gustavus softball player Sara Medved Smude was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Coaches Hall of Fame on Thursday, February 5, 2009 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Smude was a pitcher for the Gusties from 2002 until 2004. 

Sara grew up in Shoreview, Minnesota and was inducted for her success as a pitcher at Totino-Grace High School from 1997-2000. During her standout years at Totino-Grace, Smude was a four-time All-Conference, All-Region, and team MVP performer, as well as earning All-Metro and All-State honors in both her junior and senior seasons. She played on three conference championship teams and the 1999 squad finished third at the State Tournament where Smude was selected to the All-State Tournament Team.  As a pitcher, she holds several school records including a streak of 67 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. She compiled a high school record of 71 victories and 773 strikeouts. In addition, Sara recorded 29 complete game shutouts in her junior and senior seasons.

While at Gustavus, she was a three-year starter on the mound and in the field and helped the 2003 squad win the MIAC Championship with a record of  21-1.  
A leader on and off the field, Sara graduated with honors from Gustavus Adolphus College, received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Minnesota and is currently Operations Manager, Medicine Specialties at HealthPartners Medical Group. Last summer she married her high school sweat heart and they are living in New Hope, Minnesota.

Rose Tusa Sets New Records During State Tournament

MVSA player Rose Tusa's performance went into the Class AA State Tournament record books while pitching for St. Anthony Village High School. Rose set two records, tied a third, and will be added to the list of pitchers to throw a one-hitter.

Tusa's strikeouts in the championship game broke the record for most strikeouts in an extra-inning game. She also set a new team mark for fewest walks in a tournament with zero, and added her name to the list of pitchers to not walk a batter in three games in one tournament.

Rose was named to the Class AA All-Tournament team. She plays for the MVSA 18U Mustangs. Way to go!

Former MVSA  Player To Play for Mankato State

Congratulations, Katie Kruse!  Former MVSA player and pitcher for Mounds View High School, Katie tried out for Mankato State's softball team as a walk-on.  She was named to the team, and the coaches cited her work ethic and strong skills as the reasons for selecting her.  Katie spent her entire softball "career" with MVSA.  Katie, we are so proud of you!

MVSA Players Named to Pioneer Press All-State Softball Team

Five MVSA players have been named to the Pioneer Press All-State Softball Teams. They are:

First Team:

Andrea Nisler - Left Field

Sammie Howard - Second Base


Rose Tusa - Pitcher

Honorable Mention:

Jessie Anderson - Catcher

Erin Bennek - Infield

We are having a hard time keeping up with all the honors being given to our high school age players! WOW! Keep up the good work.


Three MVSA Players Named to Star Tribune's All-Metro Softball Team

Rose Tusa (pitcher), Sammie Howard (second base), and Erin Bennek (short stop) have been named to the Star Tribune's All-Metro Softball Team (first team). All three girls play on MVSA 18U teams. It's amazing to have three players from one association on this team! Congratulations to Rose, Sammie, and Erin.


Tusa Pitches Perfect Game

Junior pitcher Rose Tusa made history at St. Anthony Village High School when she threw the first perfect game ever by a St. Anthony player. Tusa struck out 17 batters and relied on the Huskies' defense for the other four outs (including her sister, Jyl, who fielded a sharply-hit ball at first base). Rose will be playing this season on MVSA's 18U Mustangs team. Congratulations, Rose - we are proud of you!


MIAC All-Tournament Team

Brenna Healy, first-year third baseman for the Hamline Pipers, was named to the MIAC All-Tournament Team on May 7. Healy went 2-for-4 at the plate with two walks in the Pipers' two tournament games. Her .667 on base percentage was second-best in the tournament. Brenna is a member of MVSA's 18U Diamond Devils team, and has played for MVSA since she was 8 years old.


Athena Awards

The prestigious Athena Awards are presented annually to one female athlete in her senior year at each public and private area high school. This year, two members of the MVSA's 18U Diamond Devils team received the award: Sammie Howard of Mounds View High School, and Erin Bennek of Totino-Grace. Sammie plays second base for the Mustangs, while Erin is short stop for the Eagles. Sammie will attend the University of Minnesota on a softball scholarship; Erin has yet to decide which college she will attend in the fall.

Amanda Michaelson, former MVSA player, named to MIAC All-Conference Team

Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (5/13/09) - Concordia College Catcher Amanda Michaelson has been named to the MIAC All-Conference Team for the second straight year.  Michaelson, a senior at Concordia, is originally from Shoreview, MN, is a graduate of Mounds View High School, and is a former MVSA player. 

Michaelson finished off her college career with her best year at the plate. She hit a career-high .364 in conference games and .327 in all games. She led the team in RBIs (20) in 2009 and was third on the team in hitting. She was also second on the team in doubles (5) and triples against MIAC opponents.

In conference play she hit safely in 17 of the team's 22 games for the second straight year. In her past two seasons Michaelson had at least one hit in 34 of Concordia's 44 league games. She had five multiple-hit games and had a pair of three-hit performances during the season. Michaelson finished the conference season with a career-high .470 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage.

Michaelson was also a wall behind the plate helping the Cobber pitchers to one of the best seasons in recent history. She led the league in pickoffs, was ninth in putouts with 118 and made only four errors in 130 chances.  

Click on the following link to learn more about Amanda Michaelson