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SOFTBALL: Heat teams win all three championships

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The Heat won all three divisions of the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department’s fourth annual Mid-Summer Slam youth softball event at Buffalo Hills-Lions Park July 12-13.

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Senior game

The Heat defeated the Force 20-12.

Most valuable player for the Heat was Megan Doran of the Blasters who finished with three singles, a double and four RBIs. Most valuable player for the Force was Noel Kegg of Nay Ah Shing Schools. Kegg had a single, double, 2-run over-the-fence homer and six RBIs.

Force team members were Andrea Vogt, Mikayla Boeder, McKinze Boeder and Amanda Imgrund of the Brainerd Elks Jammers; Erin Pederson, Samantha Meyer , Jayda Johnson and Caitlyn Jay of the Alexander Electric/Larson Allen Firesticks; Miranda Zilka, Kayla Huntley, Tori Johnson and Shelica Lively-Payne from the Laurie Hall State Farm Insurance Coyotes; and Noel Kegg, Kelsey and Kirby Benjamin, and Simone Boyd from Nah Ah Shing. Head coach for the Force was Mike Jay from the Firesticks and his assistants were Ace Collier, Larry Ruikka and Todd Schmaltz.

Heat team members included Kaycie Mogensen, Karlie Mogensen, Kaylee Wallner and Allie Franzen from the Holiday Station Store Twisters. Ashley Olson, Melissa Svoboda, Madeline Pike and Tessa Gilson from the Brainerd Rotary Road Runners; and Samantha Hartman, Elizabeth Sobania, Adriana Hanson, Mia Berry, Megan Doran and Taylor Krueger from the Blasters. Head coach for the Heat was John Mogensen and the assistants were Gretchen Wold and Jim Hartman.

Junior game

The Heat defeated the Force 13-12.

Amanda Eagle of the Nay Ah Shing School earned most valuable player honors for the Force with a single, two doubles and two triples and great defensive plays. Emma Pederson of the Minnesota T’s Mustangs had a triple, single and a home run and received most valuable player laurels for the Heat.

Players for the Force included: Kortny Villnow, Madison Riley, Jaden Veith and Megan Lewis of the Eastside Auto and Muffler Aces; Camryn Schmidt, Cullen Johnson, Shaina Wind and Elizabeth Crawford of the Clow Stamping Renegedes; and Amanda Eagle, Dajatay Barnes, Megan Saboo and Arianna Sam from Nay Ah Shing. Head coach for the Force is Stacy Boyd, and her assistants were Shane Villnow and Tony DeRosier.

Playing for the Heat were Emma Peterson, Theresa Loeffelbein, Lexi Hummel, Elisha Burnard from the Minnesota T’s Mustangs; Anna Vreeland, Jennifer Frazen, Kimberly Christensen, Taylor Zimmer and Abbygail Wohl-Kovatovich from the Essentia Health Strikkers; and Elizabeth Evenson from the East Side Auto Aces and Emily Price from the Clow Stamping Renegades. Head coach for the Heat was Mike Loeffelbein. His assistants were Joe Vreeland and Mike Schmidt.

Petite game

The Heat defeated the Force 12-11.

Most valuable players were Emilie Slukich of the Heat with a single, two doubles and a home run and Jenna Hagemann of the Force with two home runs and two singles. Both girls contributed many outstanding defensive plays.

Members of the Force include Emily Kassulker, Skyler Uselman, Emilie Slukich, and Kalie Sjodin from the Colonial Life/ RG Insurance Lightnings. Roxanne Emerson, Carmolina Mitchell, Isabelle Long, and Gabby Jellum from Nay Ah Shing, Jalyn Johnson, Kate Chaussee, Jaycie Henrich, and Emma Korhonen from the Lakes Chiropractic Wildcats and Hanna Grunewald and Bailey Haataja from the Rebels. Head coach for the Force was Tom Slukich and his assistants were Katie Louvaas, Janna Johnson, and Krista Schuler.

Members of the Heat team were Ella Norlin, Chloe Munsch, Emily Thompson and Rebecca Maurer from the McDermott Orthodontics Lynx; Megan Riley, Morgan Gilbert, Jenna Hagemann and Sydnee Johnson, from the Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today Slammers; Kealy Johnson, Kailey Springer, Sophie Exsted and Kashia Kroll of the Warriors; and Rachel Trusty and Karlee Schuler from the Rebels.

Head coach for the Heat was Holly Holm. Her assistants were Mike Schuler, Michelle Ray and Chuck Johnson.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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