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Harper Expects Playoff Run for State High Softball Squad

by and on April 05, 2015 3:45 PM

A closer look at the State College Area High School softball team:

Coach — Mike Harper, second season.

Assistant coaches — Jim Schaper, Karen Murphy, Shawn Lelko, Steve Shedlock, Brian Myers, Gene Shields and Tom Henderson.

2014 record — 11-10.

Key losses — Sarah Bastian, Laura Harris, Lexi Mattivi, Michaela Rittenhouse, Megan Robert, Sharayah Simco and Lauren Weiss.

Returning letter winners — Seniors Brenna Adams, Jessica Henderson, Corey Marfitt, Karli Nolan and junior Alyssa Schedlock.

Key newcomers — Abby Allen, Jennie Ewton, Andrea Myers, Jenna Peterson, Hannah Shields.

Strengths — Depth. The Lady Little Lions have a plethora of talent on the roster.

Concerns — Power. State High will have to manufacture runs to win ballgames.

Outlook — Although the Little Lions lost several key players to graduation, Harper is optimistic.

“(We are) returning five letterwinners, including D6 first-team all-stars Corey Marfitt and Alyssa Shedlock and two-time Mid-Penn First-Team pitcher Jessica Henderson,” Harper says.

Harper is excited and he believes that a run to the postseason is a definite possibility.

“We're looking to playing our best softball in May, and hopefully to contend for Mid-Penn and District 6 titles,” says Harper. “We're a young but athletic team. Cumberland Valley and Mifflin County are the teams to beat in the Mid-Penn.”

Circle these dates — vs. Mifflin County (Tuesday, April 14); at Central Mountain (Friday, April 17); at East Juniata Tournament (Saturday, April 25); vs. Carlisle (Friday, May 1).

 

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This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.


Chris Morelli is the managing editor of The Centre County Gazette.
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