2016 Regional Champions
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The Diamond Dusters 14-U team went 6-1 to win the consolation championship at the 2014 Chippewa Valley Flash tournament. In the front row from left are Brooklyn Hanson, Maggie Miller Tess Richard and Kaitlyn Wiezorek. In the back row from left are Naomi Volkmann, Mackenzie Dane, Hannah Borne, Remi Orr, Kylie Sales and Maggie Servant. Also playing for the Dusters this season were Maggie Nesbit and Gabrielle Schmidt.
The Diamond Dusters 12-U team placed second at the 2014 Rod Timm Memorial Tournament in Tomahawk. Team members are: front row from left, Abby Zillmer, Taylar Bortz, Kari Mrotek, Johanna Schloer, Josie Wakefield and Kelsie Wiezorek; back row from left, Katie Bourgard, Grace Wegner, Josi Orr, Kiana Schmidt, Miranda Dane, Brook Bogdanovich and Eva Pasewald; and not pictured, Kennedy BeBeau.
Diamond Dusters end seasons on high notes
Each of the Park Falls Girls’ Softball Club’s Diamond Dusters programs won medals in tournaments over the season’s final two weeks as the teams combined for 42 wins vs. 24 losses this summer.
The Diamond Dusters 14-U team went 6-1 at the Chippewa Valley Flash tournament July 19 & 20 to win the consolation championship in a 12-team field. The lone loss was in extended play after the time limit expired.
The 12-U team finished 3-1 at the Rod Timm Memorial Softball Tournament in Tomahawk July 11-13 to place second behind undefeated Marathon, which edged the Dusters by one run.
The 14-U team finished 21-13 overall, posting an 11-4 record in weekday games, a 9-6 record in 14-U tournaments, and a 1-3 record playing in the 18-U bracket at Tomahawk.
The 12-U team finished 21-11 overall, winning all 13 of its weekday games and going 8-11 in tournaments.
The tournament season started with the Diamond Dusters Invitational at the Park Falls Athletic Complex. The 14s opened with a 12-3 victory over Three Lakes and beat the Superior Diesel Gems of Rhinelander 10-6 to advance to the championship game, where they fell 17-6 to Tomahawk to finish 2-1 in second place.
The 12s lost 12-10 to Rice Lake, beat Phillips 15-4, and lost 12-7 to Wausau.
At the Eau Claire Fastpitch Classic, the 12s posted a 2-4 record and the 14s went 1-4.
The 12s opened with a 4-2 victory over Wausau, then battled eventual tournament champion Mosinee Purple through three scoreless innings before a four-spot in the fourth propelled Mosinee to a 4-0 win. After a 10-2 loss, the Dusters beat Waukesha 12-7. The host Eau Claire Fury pushed across a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to eke out a 10-9 victory, and the Lady Starz ended the Dusters day with a 4-2 victory. The Starz finished as Silver Division champions and the Fury placed third in the Silver Division.
Eventual tournament runner-up Minnesota Rampage broke open a 1-0 game with three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 7-1 victory over the 14s. The Dusters then beat Minnesota West Lake 5-4. West Lake went on to place third in the Silver Division. Marshfield had the Dusters’ number to the tune of 16-1 and 8-2, with a 9-2 loss to the Seymour Flames sandwiched between.
The 12s opened play at the Rod Timm in Tomahawk falling behind 2-0 against Marathon but scrapped back to take a 4-2 lead. Marathon pushed across one run in the fifth and two in the sixth to eke out a 5-4 victory. Next up was an 11-7 victory over host Tomahawk, followed by an 8-1 victory over Rice Lake and a 14-1 whitewashing of Stratford to sew up second place.
With a little help from Megan and Emily Mader, Emily Ernest and Hope Grubb, the 14s moved up to the 18-U level , where they opened with a 5-4 victory over Merrill. Next up was Athens, which tallied five times in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory. Mosinee Impact beat the Dusters 11-1 and Stratford posted a 12-0 victory.
The 14s opened play at the Chippewa Valley Flash tournament with a 9-1 victory over the South Dakota Flash, then beat the Eau Claire Fury 6-4 and Hallie Storm 4-3 to win their pool. In bracket play, the Winona Winstars jumped to a 6-0 lead before the Dusters battled back , scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 7-7 as time expired, forcing an extra inning. There, the Winstars tallied four times to two for the Dusters.
The Dusters then played three games in a row to win the consolation championship, rallying from a 7-0 deficit to beat Superior 14-8, knocking off the Fury 7-3, and beating the Seymour Flames 10-3.
The 12s lost 12-0 to Seymour Black and 11-5 to the Winona Winstars - who went on to win the consolation championship - before righting the ship with an 11-3 victory. The Dusters lost 11-6, giving up seven runs in an extra inning, then won 12-10 and lost 10-8 in an extra-inning game.
Both teams had their highs and lows, but all-in-all, it was a great summer for the girls," Diamond Dusters’ Coach Ken Dischler said. "Most of the 12s were back from last summer and as a group were so much more skilled and confident. The 14s really pulled it together the final weekend and showed what they’re capable of. We’re extremely proud of all of the girls and very excited for where these girls can go in the future."
The Dusters were coached by Dischler, Dave BeBeau, Kevin Orr, Glenn Wegner, Greg Bortz, Jeff Wiezorek and Chuck Pasewald.
"Again, we had great family support at games and tournaments, running concessions, keeping score, with field maintenance and all of the elements that go into running our program," Dischler said. "We're very blessed with an excellent facility and amenities provided by our city and shool district and the many benefactors of our program."
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Greg Scherwinski of the MarquipWardUnited Community Enrichment Committee presented an award of $350 to Mackenzie (left) and Miranda Dane of the Park Falls Girls' Softball Club's Diamond Dusters program. The award will be used for operation of a field groomer which the Park Falls Girls' Softball Club and Chequamegon Baseball Club purchased for maintenance of the softball and baseball fields at the Park Falls Athletic Complex.
Doug Maier, manager of Super One Foods in Park Falls, presented a check for $773.27 to Brianna Mader, left, and Michelle Lobermeier of the Chequamegon High School Softball Team. The Screaming Eagles and Diamond Dusters softball teams bagged groceries at Super One on May 24, and Super One matched funds raised by the teams in donations and tips. The funds are earmarked for softball field improvements at the Park Falls Athletic Complex.
A Christian competitor
A Christian competitor is a thankful competitor. Every time you step on to the field of competition, your heart is exploding with thankfulness, because you are abundantly grateful for God's blessings. You have a deep conviction that your gifts, talents and skills to play and to compete come from Him alone. You never take it for granted. Every stride, swing, shot, pass, goal and point is a
response to God's goodness. The way you compete is marked with, Thank you God, because you count all of God's blessings in your life. You always show gratitude.
You have been given much by the Lord, and you play with that mindset. You are simply grateful for the opportunity to compete. Your sweat is an offering of thanks to Him. There is no room for pride in a heart full of thankfulness. A thankful competitor is a humble competitor.
You don't try to impress others when you are thankful that God is making an impact through you. You don't care if you are starting when you are overwhelmed with gratitude at simply having a spot on the team. You don't put unrealistic expectations on your teammates' shoulders when you realize God's grace on your life. You don't care about the scoreboard when your definition of winning is becoming more like Jesus every time you compete.
You don't look at your opponent as your enemy when you are thankful that Jesus loved His enemies. You don't view competition as crushing your opponent when your view of competition is to play in such a way that you elevate all participants' involvement to a higher level of competition. You are not consumed
with what others think of your play, when you are overcome that God is your
Audience of One.
You don't demand attention when your attention is on others. You don't hide
your weaknesses when you know that when you are weak, God is strong. You don't
criticize teammates when you believe the best about them. You don't look at teammates as worthless when you are thankful that God has wonderfully made them. You don't have to be #1 when you are already grateful for whatever place you receive. You don't have to play for others when you already feel God's pleasure
when you compete.
You don't seek glory and recognition when your goal is to glorify the One who
made you. You don't have to worry about making the team when you know God has
selected you as His first pick. You don't have to impress your coach when you are competing with all your heart as for the Lord. You don't have to worry about your uniform when you are already wearing the jersey of Jesus Christ.
Be a thankful competitor! With a grateful heart, much can be accomplished. Let the power of thanksgiving change the way you compete. A
Christian competitor is a thankful competitor.
"Father, I want to be a thankful competitor. Whatever I do or say, I will do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to You, Father. Change me into the athlete or coach you have designed me to be - overflowing with
thanksgiving. In Jesus' name, Amen."
-- Dan Britton, Fellowship of Christian Athletes