Howard Lake Herald, September 7, 1998

Laker girls traveling softball team finishes successful season

The Howard Lake-Waverly girls 14 and under traveling softball team had another successful year with 20 wins and five losses. The girls played in a league consisting of teams from Buffalo, Dassel-Cokato, Hutchinson, Watertown, and Winsted.

This year, the Laker team did a lot of switching around to give everybody a chance to play different positions. Also, everyone on the team was in the batting lineup, which got everyone involved in the game.

The girls did a great job at the qualifying tournament in Monticello, July 25-26. Winning five of their six games earned them a number one seating in the state tournament in Woodbury, Aug. 1-2.

In tournament play, the Lakers ended up playing two games on Saturday, Aug. 1, and coming out on top. Heading into Sunday's action, they dropped a tough game to Lakeville, which knocked them out of the single elimination tornament.

Team coaches this year were Maureen Ogle, Rob Painschab, and Dick Zander. The support of all the parents, grandparents, and fans that came to the practices and games was much appreciated by the coaches and team.

Also appreciated was the support and donations the team received from the Howard Lake Legion and the Howard Lake and Waverly Lions. The girls enjoyed playing competitive softball while representing their communities.

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