Softball

Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School / Girls

Program Overview

When you join the Minnehaha Academy softball program, you join a family. Minnehaha has a long tradition of fielding hard-working, competitive, and successful softball teams. Along with improving softball skills and learning the finer points of the game, the main goals of the softball program each year are developing excellent team chemistry and forging long-lasting friendships. The team concept begins with middle school clinics for 6th-8th graders run by our current high school players and coaches. It is our sincere hope that to get younger players excited about the game of softball to continue the tradition.

The coaching staff has been with the program since the early 1990s so there is a consistent tradition that signifies Minnehaha Academy Redhawk softball. Several of our graduates have gone on to have successful careers at Division III softball programs including Bethel University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, Luther College, North Park University, Bates College, and St. Olaf College.

Middle School

Minnehaha Academy offers a middle school softball team when participation numbers allow it. When there are not enough middle school softball players to field a dedicated middle school team, the 7th and 8th graders are invited to play with the JV or Varsity team.

Captains Practices

Captain's practices begin with weekly open gyms beginning in January.

Tryouts

Tryouts occur during the first week of official practices in March. These tryouts determine who will play on the Varsity and JV teams. Minnehaha Academy has never cut softball players.

Game Locations

The teams play their home games at the Nieman Athletic Complex at Fort Snelling.

Calendar

Season: Mid-March – Early June
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Coaching Staff


Mike DiNardo, Varsity Head Coach
Phone: (612) 720-6595
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Don DuBois, Volunteer Coach
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Julia Scholl, JV Assistant Coach
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Grace DuBois, JV Assistant Coach
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Team Trophies & Awards

2017. Second place in IMAC Conference (8-2 record).

2017. April 27 – Coach Mike DiNardo’s team earns him the 250th win of his Varsity Softball coaching career, a 10-7 victory over Mounds Park Academy.

2015. First Team All-IMAC Conference: Megan Thurow (’15), Jennifer Mrozek (’15), Angela Scharf (’15), Gracia Gilreath (’15), Sarah Kaminski (’16).

2015. Team Academic Gold Award winner for team GPA greater than 3.75.

2015. Section 4AA 2nd place. Overall record 21-4.

2015. Rochester Lourdes Tournament Champions. Fridley Tournament 2nd Place.

2015. Independent Metro Athletic Conference Champions (8-0).

2014. Team Academic Gold Award for team GPA greater than 3.75.

2014. Section 4AA 3rd place.

2013. Team Academic Gold Award for team GPA greater than 3.75.

2013. 3rd place in Section 4AA.

2012. Team Academic Gold Award for team GPA greater than 3.75.

2011. Team Academic Gold Award for team GPA greater than 3.75.

2011. 4th place in Section 4AA.

2011. 2nd place in Tri-Metro Conference (9-1).

2009. Tri-Metro Conference Champions.

2009. State Class AA 2nd Place.

2009. Section 4AA Champions and State Tournament Participant.

2009. Concordia Academy Tournament 3rd Place.

2008. Tri-Metro Conference Champions (11-1 record).

2008. 3rd place in Section 4AA.

2008. 2nd Place in Brooklyn Center Tournament.

2007. 3rd Place Brooklyn Center Tournament.

2007. 2nd Place in 4AA East Subsection.

2007. 1st Place Concordia Academy Bloomington Tournament.

2006. Tri-Metro West Division Champions.

2006. Section 4AA Team Academic Champions.

2006. Como Park Tournament Consolation Champions.

2005. Section 4AA Team Academic Champions.

2005. Brooklyn Center Tournament 2nd Place.

2003. Sub-Section 2nd Place (4AA).

2003. 3rd Place, Como Park Tournament.

2003. 3rd Place, Brooklyn Center Tournament.

2002. Sub-Section 2nd Place (4AA).

Individual Trophies & Awards

2017. Olivia DuBois (’17), Emily Mortenson (’18), and Kate Pryor (’20) named First-Team All IMAC Conference.

2017. Summer Olson (’17) and Tessa Leiner (’20) named Honorable Mention All IMAC Conference.

2017. Olivia DuBois (’17) and Summer Olson (’17) named Academic All-State.

2017. Emily Mortenson (’18) and Kate Pryor (’20) named All-Section 4AA.

2017. Kate Pryor (’20) named Honorable Mention All-State.

2017. May 22 – Freshman Kate Pryor gets the 100th hit of her varsity career, becoming only the 10th softball player in Minnehaha history to do so, and also becoming the first player to do it as a 9th grader.

2017. April 27th – Junior Emily Mortenson (’18) gets the 100th hit of her Varsity career, becoming only the ninth player in Minnehaha history to reach that milestone.

2017. Star Tribune Athlete of the Week April 25, 2017 – Kate Pryor (’20).

2016. All State Honorable Mention – Sarah Kaminski (’16).

2016. All Section 4AA – Sarah Kaminski (’16), Emily Mortenson (’18), Olivia DuBois (’17).

2016. Honorable Mention All IMAC Conference – Olivia DuBois (’17), Kate Pryor (’20).

2016. First Team All IMAC Conference – Sarah Kaminski (’16), Emily Mortenson (’18), Summer Olson (’17).

2016. Academic All-State – Sarah Kaminski (’16) and Stephanie Allen (’16).

2016. Sarah Kaminski becomes the 8th Minnehaha Softball player to achieve the milestone of getting her 100th hit in her Varsity Softball career. She is also the first member of that group to also score more than 1000 points in basketball – May 17, 2016.

2015. All Section 4AA: Megan Thurow (’15), Jennifer Mrozek (’15), Angela Scharf (’15), Sarah Kaminski (’16).

2015. Star Tribune Athlete of the Week – Megan Thurow (’15) – April 28, 2015.

2015. Rochester Lourdes Tournament Champions. Fridley Tournament 2nd Place.

2015. Megan Thurow records 500th strikeout of her career on May 6, 2015.

2015. Honorable Mention All-State – Jennifer Mrozek (’15).

2015. Honorable Mention All-Conference – Emily Mortenson (’18), Kate Pryor (’20).

2015. Academic All-State – Gracia Gilreath (’15) and Jennifer Mrozek (’15).

2015. 3rd Team All-Metro Softball Team – Star Tribune, Megan Thurow (’15).

2015. 2nd Team All-State – Megan Thurow (’15).

2015. 27th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Softball Series participants – Jennifer Mrozek (’15) and Megan Thurow (’15).

2014. Tri-Metro Honorable Mention All-Conference: Gracia Gilreath (’15) and Angela Scharf (’15).

2014. Tri-Metro First Team All-Conference: Jessamine Von Arx (’14), Jennifer Mrozek (’15), and Megan Thurow (’15).

2014. Star-Tribune All-Metro 2nd Team: Jessamine Von Arx (’14).

2014. Coach Mike DiNardo earns his 200th Varsity softball win.

2014. April 15 – Jessamine Von Arx named a Star & Tribune Athlete of the Week and a Pioneer Press Playmaker.

2014. April 10 – Jennifer Mrozek gets the 100th hit of her Varsity career, becoming the 7th member of that group at Minnehaha.

2014. All-State Honorable Mention:Jennifer Mrozek (’15).

2014. All-State 2nd Team: Jessamine Von Arx (’14).

2014. All Section 4AA: Jessamine Von Arx (’14), Anna Woronzoff-Dashkoff (’14), Megan Thurow (’15), Jennifer Mrozek (’15), Angela Scharf (’15), Gracia Gilreath (’15).

2014. Academic All-State: Frances Hoekstra and Tianna Briese.

2014. 26th Annual Minnesota High School Fastpitch All-Star Series – Jessamine Von Arx (’14).

2013. Star Tribune All-Metro Second Team: Jennifer Mrozek (’15).

2013. Pioneer Press All-Metro Softball Team – Jennifer Mrozek (’15).

2013. Jessamine Von Arx (’14) – Pioneer Press Playmaker of the Week – May 28, 2013.

2013. Jennifer Mrozek (’15) – Pioneer Press Playmaker of the Week – April 30, 2013
2013. Honorable Mention All-State: Jennifer Mrozek (’15).

2013. Honorable Mention All Tri-Metro Conference: Grace DuBois (’13), Megan Thurow (’15).

2013. First Team All Tri-Metro Conference: Jessamine Von Arx (’14), Jennifer Mrozek (’15), Sarah Kaminski (’16).

2013. All Section 4AA: Jessamine Von Arx (’14), Jennifer Mrozek (’15), Sarah Kaminski (’16).

2013. Academic All-State: Grace DuBois (’13).

2012. Honorable Mention All-State -Jennifer Mrozek (’15).

2012. Honorable Mention All Tri-Metro Conference: Angela Scharf (’15), Jess Von Arx (’14).

2012. First Team All Tri-Metro Conference: Sara Lind (’12), Jennifer Mrozek (’15), Mara Raymond (’12), Andrea Scharf (’12).

2012. All-Section 4AA -Jennifer Mrozek (’15), Megan Thurow (’15).

2012. Academic All-State: Brigid Kelly (’12), Laurel Meier (’12).

2012. 24th Annual Minnesota High School Fastpitch All-Star Softball Series -Andrea Scharf (’12).

2011. Team Academic Gold Award for team GPA greater than 3.75.

2011. Sarah Winter – Star Tribune and Pioneer Press Athlete of the Week -April 26, 2011.

2011. Honorable Mention All-State: Sarah Winter (’11).

2011. Honorable Mention All Tri-Metro Conference: Cyrie Holman (’12), Mara Raymond (’12), Jennifer Mrozek (’15).

2011. First Team All Tri-Metro Conference: Sarah Winter (’11 ), Sara Lind (’12), Andrea Scharf (’12), Jess Von Arx (’14).

2011. Cyrie Holman -Pioneer Press Athlete of the Week – May 24, 2011.

2011. All-Section 4AA: Cyrie Holman (’12), Jess Von Arx (’14), Jennifer Mrozek (’15).

2011. Academic All-State: Cassie Davis (’11).

2010. Hon. Mention All-Conference -Andrea Scharf, Mara Raymond.

2010. First-Team All-Conference -Analisa Ballinger, Sarah Winter, Jess Von Arx.

2010. Class AA All-State 1st Team – Sarah Winter.

2009. State AA All-Tournament Team -Emily Engdahl (’09) and Anna Marie Martino (’09).

2009. Section 4AA Coach of the Year – Michael DiNardo.

2009. Pioneer Press Playmaker and Star Tribune Athlete of the Week on May 5, 2009 – AnnaMarie Martino.

2009. Pioneer Press Playmaker and Star Tribune Athlete of the Week on May 19, 2009 – Liz Mrozek.

2009. Minnesota State All-Star game participants – AnnaMarie Martino and Liz Mrozek.

2009. Honorable Mention All-Conference – Analisa Ballinger (11 ), Margo Lund (10).

2009. First-Team All-Conference – Emily Engdahl (12), Sarah Lucht (12), AnnaMarie Martino (12), Liz Mrozek (12), Sarah Winter (10).

2009. All-State Honorable Mention – Emily Engdahl.

2009. All-State 2nd Team – AnnaMarie Martino.

2009. All-State 1st Team – Liz Mrozek.

2008. Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Academic Awards (3.75 GPA or higher): Holly Larson (12), Kristina Loewen (12), Katie Matheson (12).

2008. Liz Mrozek(11) – Star Tribune Athlete of the Week and Pioneer Press Playmaker (April 22, 2008).

2008. Honorable Mention All-State – Holly Larson(12) and Liz Mrozek(11).

2008. Honorable Mention All-Conference: Analisa Ballinger (10), Sarah Winter (9).

2008. Holly Larson(12) – Star Tribune Athlete of the Week (May 20, 2008).

2008. First Team All-Conference: Holly Larson (12), Emily Engdahl (11 ), AnnaMarie Martino (11 ), Liz Mrozek (11).

2008. All-Section Team – Holly Larson (12), Emily Engdahl (11 ), AnnaMarie Martino (11 ), Liz Mrozek (11).

2007. Liz Mrozek(10) – Star Tribune Athlete of the week in early May.

2007. Honorable Mention: Holly Larson (11), Elise Schiffman (12).

2007. Coach Mike DiNardo earns his 100th Varsity softball win.

2007. All-Conference: Liz Mrozek (10), AnnaMarie Martino (10), Emily Engdahl (10).

2007. All Section 4AA: Liz Mrozek (10), AnnaMarie Martino (10), Emily Engdahl (10).

2007. Academic All State: Kirsten Monson (12).

2006. Star Tribune Athlete of the Week and Pioneer Press Playmaker (May 9, 2006)- Liz Mrozek.

2006. Honorable Mention All-State – Liz Mrozek.

2006. Honorable Mention All Conference – Gabrielle Courteau and Haley Beaupre.

2006. First Team All-Conference – Sara Dwight, Liz Rowland, Holly Larson, Liz Mrozek, Emily Engdahl.

2006. All Region 4AA – Liz Rowland, Liz Mrozek, Emily Engdahl.

2006. Academic All-State – Haley Beaupre, Gabrielle Courteau, Sara Dwight, Amanda Hunt, Liz Rowland.

2005. Honorable Mention All Conference Liz Rowland (11) and Allie Boyat (12).

2005. First Team All Conference Liz Mrozek (8) and Aunie Benson (12).

2005. Athlete of the Week in Pioneer Press and Star Tribune 5/1/05 Liz Mrozek (8).

2004. State All Star Softball Series – Emily Hennig, Emily Moreland.

2004. Honorable Mention All-State – Emily Hennig, Emily Moreland.

2004. All Conference Honorable Mention – Christie Calvin, Anne Kruger.

2004. All Conference – Emily Hennig, Emily Moreland, Allison Bouslog.

2004. Academic All-State – Emily Hennig, Allison Bouslog, Michaela Klein, Anne Kruger.

2003. Honorable Mention – Michaela Klein, Sarah Modak.

2003. All Conference – Abby Bernstein, Emily Hennig, Allison Bouslog, Emily Moreland.

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