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Jul, 2019

Lake Norman Little League’s 8-10-year-old Softball All-Stars are State Champions!

Lake Norman won the North Carolina Little League Softball 8-10-year-old State Championship on Thursday, July 11, 2019. After defeating Coul Oak twice to capture the NC District 3 title on June 23rd in Cornelius, Lake Norman traveled to Sophia, NC and went undefeated in the state tournament. Lake Norman defeated Northwest Forsyth in the opening round then Rowan in the semifinals and championship game to bring home the state banner. Every player stepped up and played their heart out during the team’s run to the state championship. Lake Norman will now represent North Carolina in the Southeast Region Tournament of State Champions being held in Clarksville, Tennessee beginning on July 20th, competing against the state champions of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Lake Norman’s 8-10-year-old Softball All Star Team is comprised of some of the best players from the spring season recreational teams. The team has a committed coaching staff who dedicates their time to organize and teach this outstanding group of girls. Head Coach Aaron Rogers, assistant coaches John Cornacchione and Todd Elwell, the girls (all of which have nicknames… “Triple A, Nails, Top Ten, SP, Chill, Wheels, Smiley, Peasy, Ice, Hammer, T-Money, A-Dawg, and K-Dawg”), and their families have been putting in hard work almost daily since the conclusion of the regular season. 

Coach Rogers said, "From day one of All Star practices, we had a mission to win States. We were focused every day on getting these ball players faster, stronger, smarter and better. They practiced in 95-degree heat in June and July four times a week for two hours at a time. They earned every victory and won with class. The more they practiced and played together the more loyal they became to each other. They played as a TEAM. Each one of them contributed towards reaching our mission in every game. They were always the first team warming up on the field before their opponents even arrived at the ball park. If one player had a bad day, the next one would pick her up. They were all sisters who stuck up for one another. They never quit... With two outs, and down by one with no one on base in our semifinal game, our ball players always believed they would win and they did! The championship game was a nail biter and our girls fought to the very last out to get the victory. Most importantly, they had a lot of fun!"

Good luck, girls! We're rooting for you!

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