Under the close eye of head varsity coach Paul Gephart, the softball team ended a very successful season, making it all the way in tournament play to the state championship game. The final record for the season was 41-4-1 and is testimony to the importance of depth, players’ commitment, and coaching.
Many players were recognized for their hard work and discipline both on and off the field.
The team achieved Academic All-State, with player Tristin Abnet and Kennedy Davis recognized as individual Academic All-State.
The team finished first in the Wolverine Conference with a conference record of 13-1. Emily Zemitans was voted Most Improved Player and Delaney Monroe was recognized as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Multiple players were selected to the various conference teams: Kayla Chisholm, Kennedy Davis, Delaney Monroe, and Brooklynn Ringler were selected First Team All-Conference;; Maddison Diekman, Audrie Dugan, and Ella Luegge were named Second Team All-Conference: and Tristin Abnet and Peyton Smith earned Honorable Mention.
Honors for the Lady Bulldogs continued after district competition with seven players selected for the All-District Team: catcher Kayla Chisholm, pitcher Kennedy Davis, short stop Maddison Diekman, pitcher Audrie Dugan, 3rd baseman Delaney Monroe, outfielder Brooklynn Ringler, and second baseman Peyton Smith.
The Bulldogs’ success continued at the regional level, assuring the team’s way to the state championship games. Five team members were selected to the All-Region Team: Kennedy Davis, Maddison Diekman, Delaney Monroe, Brooklynn Ringler, and Peyton Smith.
The team lost in the final game for the state championship against Gaylord. Four Lady Bulldogs were selected as all-state players: Maddison Diekman, Delaney Monroe, Brooklynn Ringler, and Peyton Smith.
Paul Gephart received recognition for his hard work and talent: he was named Conference, District, and Regional Coach of the Year by his peers.
Gephart is immensely pleased with the team and its accomplishments. He says the support from parents and community “created a positive atmosphere.” Team members all supported each other which helped “build confidence in every situation.” Gephart stresses the “chemistry” and “cohesiveness” of the team, saying “it wasn’t just about wins vs losses. It was more about team!”
Gephart also attributes the success of the team to the very talented coaching staff of Tim Kirby, Olivia Holmes, Brian Kelley and Amy Lewis.