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September 15, 1992 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gary Torgeson, the softball coach at Cal State Northridge, saw the indications before the 1992 season even began. And by the time the Matadors suited up for their first game in February, it was clear to him that his ace pitcher, Heather Lindstrom, was pregnant. He could see it in her appearance and more so in her performance. Lindstrom's pitches had slowed considerably, and movement on the ball was barely detectable.
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March 21, 2001 | ERIC STEPHENS
Minneapolis is hosting the big dance this year, the Final Four at the Metrodome in two weeks. About 1 1/2 hours away, Rochester is throwing a little party of its own. And with a fortunate bounce of the basketball, the Cal Poly Pomona women's team got an invitation. Thanks to their dramatic 63-62 victory over Seattle Pacific in the West Regional final, the Broncos are back on the national scene. They play Pace University of Pleasantville, N.Y., tonight in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.
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April 18, 1990 | DONNA CARTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like the Lindy Hop and the Bunny Hop before it, the crow hop is becoming a fad. The only difference is, the crow hop is not a dance. It is some fancy, against-the-rules footwork used by some softball pitchers to make their pitches dance. This high school softball season, the National Federation of High School Assns.--which governs high school sports--has emphasized to umpires that the crow hop must be eliminated.
NEWS
September 20, 2000
Pitching for the third time in as many days, Gina Weber gave up no hits in two innings of relief today to help New Zealand to a 6-2 victory over Cuba at Blacktown. Weber entered the game with the score tied, 2-2, after five innings. In the top of the seventh, New Zealand (2-2) scored four runs to break the tie and preserve its distant medal hopes. The Kiwis would probably have to beat either Japan or the United States, in addition to Italy, to make the medal round.
SPORTS
June 8, 1990
BOYS' VOLLEYBALL COACHES' ALL-COUNTY TEAM MVP--Dain Blanton (Laguna Beach). First team: Dain Blanton (Laguna Beach), Aaron Boone (Edison), Jason Hinchman (Dana Hills), Carter Reese (Corona del Mar), Scott Seymour (Woodbridge), Karl Van Reusen (Edison). EMPIRE MVP--Jeff Janis (Foothill).
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July 23, 1989 | DONNA CARTER, Times Staff Writer
Each summer the best young female fast-pitch softball players in the nation, most of them from Southern California, spend hours on softball fields in the hot sun. They sweat, hit, catch, slide and travel to other states and sometimes foreign countries to play, trying to transform the dust of the diamonds into pay dirt--a college scholarship. It is called travel league softball or "travel ball," and it might be the surest route to a free ride to college for gifted athletes.
SPORTS
June 16, 1992
Two former El Dorado High School baseball standouts have signed professional contracts, El Dorado Coach Steve Gullotti said Monday. Jay Hassel, a right-handed pitcher, signed with the Chicago Cubs. He is on his way to the Cubs' Class-A team in Huntington, Va. Hassel played at San Diego State this spring and at Rancho Santiago for two seasons before that. Kevin Schula, a catcher who played at Oklahoma this spring, signed with the Atlanta Braves.
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April 9, 1990 | DONNA CARTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While many high school softball coaches wish for one quality pitcher, El Toro Coach Jim Daugherty has been blessed with three this season. It's Daugherty's job to make sure there is enough mound to go around for junior Marta Bickert and seniors Paige Lauby and Jennifer Jourden. "It's a unique situation," Daugherty said. "A lot of schools would love to have just one of them." The three right-handers have pitched El Toro (14-5 overall, 2-0 in the South Coast League) to a No.
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June 3, 1994 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It ended the way it began--with a loss. And in between they endured classes in portable trailers, a mini-media circus, 52 victories and a steady climb in the national rankings. The Cal State Northridge softball team carried on despite the 6.8 earthquake, which nearly claimed the lives of two of its starters. Most of the team members were forced to find other housing after the quake. And getting to class was no small task.
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May 13, 1990 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A screeching howl echoes across the Fresno State softball field, surely the plaintive wail of a soul in mourning. As it turns out, however, it's just Martha Noffsinger "singing" Happy Birthday to a teammate. If you live in Fresno, further explanation is probably not necessary. Those unfamiliar with the team, however, will need to understand that Noffsinger, a senior shortstop from Huntington Beach, is much more than just an offensive catalyst and a defensive key.
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May 25, 2000 | ERIC STEPHENS
UCLA and Arizona have put a stranglehold on the Women's College World Series. Not including 1995, when UCLA was stripped of the championship and the title vacated, they have combined to win 10 of the last 11 NCAA softball titles. Washington, last year's runner-up to five-time champion UCLA, has been ranked No. 1 most of this season and comes into the series as one of the favorites. Maybe they should just let those three schools battle it out for the title.
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May 25, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
Ed Watley is biased, of course. He acknowledges that before he predicts that his daughter, Natasha, will forever change women's softball. "There's no one like Natasha, with her combination of speed and power," Ed Watley says. Well, OK, Dad, but what does someone not related to Watley think? "I don't think Mr. Watley is far off," UCLA Coach Sue Enquist says. "Tash is a different kind of player." As the No.
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May 25, 2000 | ERIC STEPHENS
UCLA and Arizona have put a stranglehold on the Women's College World Series. Not including 1995, when UCLA was stripped of the championship and the title vacated, they have combined to win 10 of the last 11 NCAA softball titles. Washington, last year's runner-up to five-time champion UCLA, has been ranked No. 1 most of this season and comes into the series as one of the favorites.
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May 24, 2000 | ERIC STEPHENS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Going back to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City means Julie Adams can relive one of the greatest moments of her life--and one of the scariest. They are moments that the UCLA senior softball player remembers with joy and pain, sometimes at the same time. When she steps onto the field Thursday at Don Porter Hall Of Fame Stadium, the scene where a shoulder dislocation led to another surgery, it is no wonder that she'll do it with a little trepidation.
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March 26, 2000 | ERIC STEPHENS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You lose your last two games and then take two weeks off for final exams and spring break. By the way, UCLA, when you return you've got to shake off the rust by playing the best softball team on the planet. It was a daunting challenge for the Bruins, but they made the best of it Saturday as the U.S. Olympic team had to work for its sweep of an exhibition doubleheader at UCLA's Easton Stadium. Before a standing-room-only crowd of 1,218, the U.S.
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June 4, 1999 | DAVE DESMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maureen LeCocq has been chosen the No. 1 high school softball player in the country, pitched a summer team to a national championship, set just about every Chaminade High pitching record and taken her place among the best all-time athletes from the region. Today, she can put the perfect cap on a near-perfect career. Chaminade will face Bloomington at 5 p.m. at Mayfair Park in Lakewood for the Southern Section Division IV championship, one of the few major prizes to thus far elude her.
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June 1, 1990 | ADAM STEINHAUER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's little doubt that Garden Grove High School pitcher Stephanie Smith knows how to win. Just ask her opponents, who are hitting .077 against her. Or you can ask Garden Grove Coach Paula Cervantes, who says Smith is the best all-around athlete she has coached. Or ask her future college coach, who will be among those in attendance when Garden Grove plays Charter Oak in the Southern Section 4-A championship game at 8 Friday night at Mayfair Park in Lakewood.
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May 1, 1992 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal State Fullerton softball Coach Judi Garman could not have described Titan pitcher Tiffany Boyd's season--and her personality--more accurately and concisely. "Every great athlete, and Tiffany is in that category, lives on the edge," Garman said. "They're risk-takers, they're aggressive, they don't let things or people get in their way, and that sometimes ruffles feathers." Boyd was on the cutting edge in December after undergoing knee surgery to remove torn cartilage and repair ligaments.
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March 24, 1999 | SCOTT MOE
Competing as a Division II school, Cal State Bakersfield is allowed to have one men's program at the Division I level. And this year, the Roadrunners got a lot from that one program. After winning the Pacific 10 Conference wrestling title for the second time in school history in February, Bakersfield finished eighth in the NCAA championships last weekend at Penn State. "This was real big," heavyweight Stephen Neal said. "This put us back up there in the national picture."
NEWS
March 9, 1999
Three of the four county teams playing for Southern Section titles were victorious, including the top two ranked teams. Top-ranked Mater Dei broke open a close game with a three-run sixth inning and defeated Chino Hills Ayala, 4-1, in the Division I final. No. 2 Pacifica knocked off Glendora St. Lucy's, 1-0, in Division III, behind Amanda Freed's four-hit pitching. Calvary Chapel defeated Orange Lutheran, 1-0, in Division V, and Rosary lost to Corona Santiago, 2-0, in Division IV.
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