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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Fourth of July to everyone!

In recent softball news, the USA team took first place at the Junior World Championships (19 and under) in Enschede, The Netherlands.

In line with this age limit, the American players appear to have been a mix largely of those who just completed their frosh year of college and those entering college this coming fall. Both through this USA Softball collection of player journals and the official USA roster at the tournament website, you can see who played for the Red, White, and Blue (the two lists are not identical).

Some of the familiar names from this past college season would include K'Lee Arredondo (Arizona), Tiffany Huff (Tennessee), Maggie Viefhaus (Michigan), and Megan Langenfeld (UCLA). As noted in the article linked to Langenfeld's name, an additional four players from the USA team will be joining the Bruins for this upcoming season.

Another member of the team was Brittany Lastrapes, an incoming player for the University of Arizona and the younger sister of Dominique Lastrapes, who recently finished her career at the University of Washington.