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The Pennsylvania High School Coaches Softball Association (PaHSCSBA) released its 2017 All-State teams Thursday afternoon, and the Tri-County Area was once again well-represented with nine players earning honors across four different classifications.

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FAIRCHANCE — After practicing most of the summer, the DuBois 11-year-old All-Star softball team put together a strong run in Fairchance, going 2-2 to capture a runner-up finish in the state tournament.

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FAIRCHANCE — Coming off a memorable 8-3 win over Nittany Valley that spanned over two days, the DuBois 11-year-old All-Star softball team suffered a tough 18-8 loss to Williamsport Sunday at the state tournament in Fairchance.

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ST. MARYS — One day after dropping into the losers’ bracket of the Pennsylvania State Tournament, the St. Marys Little League softball team got back on track with a 6-0 shutout over Archbald at St. Marys High School on Thursday evening.

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ST. MARYS — Morrisville and St. Marys squared off in a handful of hard-fought games the past two years at the Minor League All-Star Softball State Tournaments in Bradford and Wellsboro, respectively.

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ST. MARYS — The pressure of competing in the state tournament didn’t seem to phase the St. Marys Little League All-Star softball team one bit Tuesday, as the Section 1 champs opened play with a convincing 12-0, 5-inning victory over Warrington at Benzinger Park.

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DuBOIS — The Punxsutawney and DuBois Junior League All-Star softball teams met for the third time Monday in District 10 Tournament play, and it was Punxsy that came away with a 9-0 victory at City Park to capture the district crown.

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ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Minor League All-Star softball team entered Monday’s District 10 championship game against Punxsy as the undefeated team, but it appeared an “if necessary” title contest was on the horizon with Punxsy leading 13-2 entering the bottom of the fifth.

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ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Minor League softball team used two big innings, getting four runs in the top of the third and six more in the fourth to defeat DuBois, 11-5, in the District 10 winners’ bracket final on Thursday evening at Benzinger Park.

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RIDGWAY — The DuBois Junior League All-Star softball team played its way back to the District 10 championship game with a convincing 13-1, 5-inning victory against Elk-McKean County Thursday night in Ridgway.

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DuBOIS — Runs were at a premium the first time the DuBois and St. Marys Little League All-Stars softball teams met, but that wasn’t the case Wednesday as St. Marys came away with an 8-4 victory to force the if necessary District 10 championship game.

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DuBOIS — A fast start proved to be enough for the Punxsutawney Junior League softball All-Stars Sunday in a 4-2 win over DuBois in the opening game of the District 10 Tournament at City Park.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — The DuBois minor league softball team used a big four-run inning in the third to beat Punxsutawney, 7-2, in the winners’ bracket of the District 10 Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

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ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Little League All-Star softball team has played the equivalent of one full game but finds itself 2-0 with a spot in Saturday’s District 10 winners’ bracket finals.

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DuBOIS — Unlike Sunday’s District 10 opener for the DuBois Little League All-Star softball team, Tuesday’s second-round game at Brookville had no early drama at all.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Little League All-Star softball team opened District 10 Tournament play with a wild 12-8 win over Punxsutawney Sunday afternoon at City Park.

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WEXFORD — The DuBois Central Catholic softball team saw another magical season come to an end at the hands of West Greene Monday, as the Lady Pioneers beat DCC for the second straight year in the PIAA semifinals at North Allegheny High School to reach the Class A state finals.

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HERMITAGE — It’s often said the true character of an athlete and a team shines through in the face of adversity, and in the case of the DuBois Central Catholic softball team, it has shown it has the heart of a champion.

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The Tri-County area has three baseball teams and one softball team playing in their respective PIAA quarterfinal games on Thursday. In Class A softball, DuBois Central Catholic, the District 9 champions, will take on District 10 champion Commodore Perry. In Class A baseball, it will be a Tri…

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SOMERSET — It wasn’t a clean performance, but Meyersdale made the plays when it counted Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA Class A state softball playoffs.

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BROCKWAY — A flame of hope flickered briefly for the Clarion High School softball team during the District 9 Class A softball consolation game before it was blown out like just another candle on a toddler’s birthday cake.

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ST. MARYS — A power surge that resulted in three runs in the bottom of the first inning proved to be all the DuBois Central Catholic softball team needed Thursday against Coudersport in the District 9 Class A championship game at St. Marys High School.

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ST. MARYS — There’s no disputing the legacy the current seniors on the DCC softball team have built, so it was only fitting the group played its final game at the district level where it notched its first signature victory — the softball field at St. Marys Area High School.

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ST. MARYS — Wednesday’s District 9 Class A semifinal between the Clarion and Coudersport softball teams had the making of a low-scoring pitcher’s dual between the two teams.

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BROCKWAY — The DuBois Central Catholic softball team overcame Elk County Catholic, and Mother Nature to an extend, Wednesday to reach its third District 9 Class A title game in four years with a 7-4 win over the Lady Crusaders at Brockway High School.

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State is affectionately known as Happy Valley, but unfortunately for the DuBois softball program PSU’s Beard Field has become more like Death Valley than the moniker the university is famous for.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Central Catholic softball team needed a four-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past A-C Valley, 4-1, in last year’s District 9 Class A semifinals, setting the stage for its run to the state semifinals.

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NEW BETHLEHEM — Shutting out Brookville the second time this year, the Redbank Valley Lady Bulldogs softball team will get another crack at powerful Moniteau.

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BROOKVILLE — With her team trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, it was Kate Zameroski’s turn to do something big off the bench for the DuBois Lady Beavers softball team.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — In a battle of two undefeated teams coming into Tuesday afternoon, the DuBois Central Catholic softball team only managed to get one hit and just two baserunners against one of the toughest pitchers in the area in a 5-1 loss to Punxsutawney.

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ST. MARYS — Coming off a lopsided home loss to Bellefonte on Monday, the DuBois softball team hit the road Tuesday and bounced back in a big way with a 9-0 win at St. Marys to get back to the .500 mark at 9-9.

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DuBOIS — Putting the wraps on the regular-season home schedule can sometimes be a less-than-pleasant experience.

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DuBOIS — The Brookville and DuBois Central Catholic softball teams were tied going into the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday.

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BROOKVILLE — A horrible defensive start to the game was too much to overcome as the Brookville Lady Raiders softball team dropped its second game to Clarion in less than a week in a 7-6 loss at Northside Field on Senior Day Tuesday.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois softball team entered the week needing a strong late-season push to secure a playoff berth, and three wins in a two-day stretch has pushed the Lady Beavers over the .500 mark at 8-7.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois softball team had plenty of offense, plenty of pitching, and plenty of defense on Senior Day as they swept a doubleheader from Bradford on Monday afternoon at the Highland Street fields.

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BROCKWAY — If Thursday’s DuBois Central Catholic-Brockway softball game were to be shown as an advertisement, it would have been easy for many to spot the product.

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JOHNSONBURG — The Johnsonburg softball team captured the Elk County Tournament title Wednesday in an event that was pushed up a day and ultimately completed in one day to beat forecasted bad weather in the coming days.

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DuBOIS — When something’s been sitting on the shelf longer that you might like, it’s always good to take it down and brush off the dust just to make sure that it’s still in good working order.

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DuBOIS — The Brookville softball team used some timely hitting and a strong defensive effort to upend DuBois, 4-2, Monday at the Highland Street fields to capture the program’s first win over the Lady Beavers since 2005.

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DuBOIS — Twice as many doesn’t always mean twice as much. In reality, sometimes it means much, much more.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois softball team used some early patience at the plate and timely hitting Tuesday to upend visiting St. Marys, 8-2, at the Highland Street fields.

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ST. MARYS — The DuBois Central Catholic softball team used a six-run top of the third Monday to seize control of its game with St. Marys on its way to an 11-5 win over the Lady Dutch.

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DuBOIS — Coming off their 11-6 victory against Clarion the day before, the DuBois Central Catholic softball team continued its success on the diamond with yet another high hitting performance Wednesday, as the Lady Cardinals toppled visiting Keystone, 14-0, in five innings.

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DuBOIS — The DuBois Central Catholic and Clarion softball teams met Tuesday in an early-season rematch of last year’s District 9 Class A title game, and it was the Lady Cardinals who came away with the “W” again — albeit in completely different fashion from a season ago.

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DuBOIS — Getting a lot of little things is important to picking up victories, but it certainly never hurts to get the big ones, too.

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ST. MARYS — Elk County Catholic’s Emily Evers has delivered more than her shaare of big hits throughout her career, and the senior came through in the clutch again Monday with a two-run, walk-off double to give the Lady Crusaders a thrilling 3-2 win over DuBois at Benzinger Park.