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Team heads west to enhance skills

ICE Silver 12U team, left to right, top, Abby Skvarce, Candace Kitchen; middle, Madeline Maday, Sierra Gonzales, Mariah Hood, Kendra Ruddy, Mikayla Blaska; bottom, Lauren Vance, Madison Lester and Ashley Irwin. Not Pictured are Coach Mark Pingston, Coach Stan Lester and Coach Marc Hood. Photo submitted (click for larger version)
May 12, 2010 - The ICE Silver 12 and under fastpitch softball team is heading west in July.

The players, their three coaches and families are going to Bellevue, Nebraska for one week while they attend the Cat Osterman Experience.

Cat Osterman, a former Olympic pitcher for the USA Woman's Softball team and current professional fastpitch player, organized and built an Olympic-type facility.

The players and coaches stay at the village and have the opportunity to meet and trade pins with 45 other 12U teams from around the nation and possibly other countries.

During their stay they participate in an opening ceremony much like the Olympic opening ceremony as well as clinics, team building activities. They play eight games leading to the championship and have the chance to meet with Olympic and college players and coaches.

Until then the girls continue to keep their reign on the diamond. They competed in the Oakland Edge Tournament on May 8-9 and went 4-2, taking second place. They took first place at the Davison Spring Fling tournament.

Players representing Clarkston are Mikayla Blaska, Mariah Hood, Ashley Irwin, Candace Kitchen, Madeline Maday and Abby Skvarce. Lake Orion players are Sierra Gonzales and Kendra Ruddy. Madison Lester, from Davison, and Lauren Vance, from Shelby Township, complete the team.

For more information, check www.eteamz.com/ICEFastpitch.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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