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June 3, 1995 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tanya Harding, who led UCLA to the NCAA softball title this week, said Friday that Bruin coaches knew she planned to return to Australia before taking her final examinations. Harding left Westwood two days after the Bruins defeated Arizona, 4-2, for the championship of the Women's College World Series, and two weeks before spring quarter final exams, leading to questioning of the athletic department's integrity.
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June 20, 2000
Infielders Christina Clark Mater Dei, So. On those occasions when player of the year Tia Bollinger didn't get a strikeout, Clark could be counted on for solid defense at shortstop. She batted .385 with 18 RBIs, and also had 11 stolen bases. She struck out only six times as Mater Dei reached the section final for the third consecutive year. Chezare Sievers Aliso Niguel, So. The Wolverines' rise to No. 7 in Orange County was largely because of their offensive power.
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July 1, 1994 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are times, usually when the air is dry and frigid, when Barbara Jordan feels much older than her 29 years. Her right knee stiffens and a dull pain emanates from deep beneath her teeth, numbing the right side of her jaw. During these moments, Jordan considers the enormity of her sacrifice and wonders if the effort is worth . . . Time out. Take that back. Truth be told, Jordan never, ever ponders her fate or questions her devotion.
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May 27, 2000 | ERIC STEPHENS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Going back to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City meant Julie Adams reliving one of the greatest moments of her life--and one of the scariest. Adams returned this week to Don Porter Hall of Fame Stadium, where a shoulder injury last year led to another surgery, threatening her Olympic dreams. It was no surprise that when the Bruins' third baseman stepped onto the field, she did so with a sense of trepidation. "It's really surreal," the Cypress High graduate said.
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April 20, 1997 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Decisions, decisions. What's a talented female athlete to do these days? Play for money, or play for an education? Five years ago, softball phenom Crystl Bustos wouldn't have been in this quandary. Her future in the sport was, well, crystal clear. But because she is one of the nation's best players, and because there are more athletic opportunities for women than ever before, Bustos has a difficult decision for a 19-year-old.
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July 7, 1994 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheila Cornell and Barbara Jordan, both long-time standouts at the American Softball Assn. major division level, will be part of the 17-member U.S. national team that will play in the World Championships. The team officially will be announced today. Cornell, 32, from Burbank, and Jordan, 29, a former Cal State Northridge All-American, will compete as part of the U.S. team in St. John's, Newfoundland, from July 30 to Aug. 7.
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April 21, 1999 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Erin Norton is a left-handed pitcher who paints the corners of home plate like an artist. She started her final year at El Modena with back-to-back no-hitters, but the masterpieces stopped when she sprained her ankle in practice three games into the season. She was told by her doctor that the sprain was so severe, it would have been better off broken. Norton, a senior who led the Vanguards into Orange County's top 10 last year, didn't play for 20 days and went more than a month without pitching.
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May 8, 1997 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are not two peas in a pod. In fact, Ashley Boone and Lizzy Lemire are about as far apart as two team captains can get. Woodbridge softball Coach Alan Dugard calls them the antithesis of each other. Boone has a talk-softly-and-carry-a-big-stick personality. Lemire, a superstitious cut-up, can be heard before she ever reaches your block. But they are two of the big reasons Woodbridge has won 21 consecutive games, is ranked third in Orange County and the state, and eighth in the nation.
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May 8, 1997 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
Bigfoot NCAA stomped on Westwood on Tuesday. What was left was, at first look, potential devastation for UCLA, one of the country's most respected and storied athletic programs. But in the aftermath of big, bold headlines and explosive words such as probation and lack of institutional control and death penalty, a further look at the debris is in order.
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June 2, 1995 | MELANIE NEFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last year, Woodbridge's Lisa Weaver joked about the possibility of winning Southern Section basketball and softball championships as a senior. She had previously won one in each sport and didn't think it could happen in one school year. "Last year, I talked about it," Weaver said. "I said, 'Wouldn't it be funny if we won in both sports next year?' And now we're almost there." Weaver, 5 feet 11, has been a member of the Warriors' past two section champion basketball teams.
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May 17, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
They were batterymates at Cal State Fullerton. Pitcher and catcher. From that, Michelle Gromacki, the catcher, and Connie Clark, the All-American pitcher, became best friends. Together they helped Fullerton win an NCAA softball title in 1986. After graduation they went off together for an adventure. They played club ball in New Zealand. They worked part-time jobs in shoe factories, as bartenders and waitresses, as pickers of fruit in a strawberry field. Then they came home and grew up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2000 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The city's determined push to level the playing field may have spurred hundreds of girls citywide to slip on a softball mitt, but it hasn't done much for the ones who got the ball rolling with a lawsuit that attracted national attention. The West Valley Girls Softball League is still grappling with the same problem it started with: The season is approaching, and its 500 girls have nowhere permanent to play. It wasn't supposed to end this way.
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December 2, 1999 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As a 65-year-old woman who works full time and plays on three softball teams, Tustin resident Lillie Emerson doesn't believe any senior citizen should sit around with nothing to do. "What I want to see is the women getting involved," Emerson said. "I know there are women out there who want to do something; they just don't have the contacts. [Softball is] just a wonderful thing to do. I get so excited about it." Not only does Emerson enjoy the sport, she is pretty good at it too.
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June 25, 1999 | PAIGE A. LEECH, Times Staff Writer
Her father's words stuck with Kathryn Nevard of Camarillo High throughout the season. "He always says the junior year for pitchers is always the worst," Nevard said. "So that kind of scared me." If Nevard ever took that fear with her into the pitching circle this season, she hid it pretty darn well. Nevard went about her business her junior season as she always has- working the corners, throwing twice as many strikes as balls and showing little or no emotion in any situation.
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April 21, 1999 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Erin Norton is a left-handed pitcher who paints the corners of home plate like an artist. She started her final year at El Modena with back-to-back no-hitters, but the masterpieces stopped when she sprained her ankle in practice three games into the season. She was told by her doctor that the sprain was so severe, it would have been better off broken. Norton, a senior who led the Vanguards into Orange County's top 10 last year, didn't play for 20 days and went more than a month without pitching.
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February 17, 1999 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Always the optimist, Coach Janet Sherman of the Cal State Northridge softball team would find the silver lining if the sky was falling. For Sherman, optimism this season rests with the eight new playerson the team. "I have such a pleasant problem; I don't know how I'm going to get all my freshmen in," said Sherman, who is starting her fifth season. Although the Matadors have six freshmen and two junior college transfers, they are not as inexperienced as last year, when they had 10 new players.
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May 15, 1997 | STEVE KRESAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If someone watched only the face of Cypress' Jamie Wilkes when she pitches, they would have no idea how the game was going. Wilkes said she really enjoys pitching and being part of the team that starts play Friday in the state softball tournament at Golden West College. But she isn't the kind of person who's going to get too pumped up about it or much else. In a game, she has the same expression from start to finish. "I'm not really an excitable person," she said. "I'm really mellow.
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May 16, 1997 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a pitcher intentionally walks slugger Chelo Lopez to get to the next batter, the Cal State Northridge softball team breaks into song. "Oh, you don't know about J.P. . . ." Jennifer Parker, despite her .351 career average, is the Matadors' best-kept secret, with the sneakiest "sneaky bunt" in the game. Although she has batted cleanup since the sixth game of the season and has been the Matadors' most consistent hitter since mid-March, the 5-foot-6 catcher remains a stealth-like weapon.
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February 17, 1999 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Cal Lutheran softball team lost four of its top five hitters from last season, but the Regals still are considered the team to beat in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Cal Lutheran, which won the SCIAC titleand finished 27-21 last year, will rely on four returning starters. But fortunately for first-year Coach Jodi Eyraud, one of those players is senior right-hander Kathy Proffitt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1998 | Christine Castro, (714) 966-7440
The La Habra Girls Softball Assn. will be honored at the fifth annual Grants for Girls ceremony Friday. The program recognizes sports organizations that provide opportunities for girls 17 years old and under. The ceremony is part of Women Sports Day. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oshman's, La Habra Marketplace, Imperial Highway at Idaho Street. Information: (562) 690-7900.
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