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Stariha named MC Player of the Week

Grinnell College freshman Lydia Stariha was named the Midwest Conference Softball Performer of the Week.

Stariha, the 2014 BCR Athlete of the Year from St. Bede Academy, began her collegiate career with a sizzling performance, hitting .545 in the team’s seven-game spring break trip to Arizona. The Grinnell catcher/third baseman was 12-of-22 at the plate, stole a pair of bases and with a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Stariha’s St. Bede teammate, Lainie Schweickert, the 2014 BCR Player of the Year, is 3-3 with a 4.36 in her freshman campaign at Lewis University.

Brittany Burgess (St. Bede) is a junior infielder at Bradley University. She carries the third highest batting average for the Lady Braves (15-19) at .299 in 31 games.

Sophomore outfielder Bethany Stavrakas (St. Bede) is batting .297 for the Beloit College Bucs (15-15).

Sisters Anna and Emily Phillips from Bureau Valley have been reunited with the Trinity Christian College softball Team. Both stroked two hits in both ends of Tuesday’s double-header in a sweep over Trinity International.

Other former Storm still in the swing are Sam Shepard, a junior at Iowa Wesleyan College, and Taylor Hewitt, a sophomore at Lincoln College. Shepard pitched the front end and caught the second with a hit and RBI for the Tigers in a March 20 doubleheader loss to Westminster. Hewitt went 2-2 for the Lynx in Tuesday’s double-header defeat to host Lewis and Clark,

Former Princeton Tigress Tesha Woolley of Malden is a sophomore outfielder for Carl Sandburg College.


Brett Fanning pitched a complete game in his first start for the Upper Iowa University. The 2014 BCR Athlete of the Year from Hall needed only 83 pitches to go the route in a six-hit, 4-1 win over Kentucky Wesleyan on the Peacock’s spring trip to Florida. He stands 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA in three appearances.

Princeton’s Michael Murray, former two-sport standout at IVCC, has turned his full attention to the diamond as a sophomore pitcher at Rockford College. He has made two starts in three appearances.

Princeton’s Reid Clary is a junior catcher at South Dakota State University. The former BCR Player of the Year is batting .214 in 18 games for the Jackrabbits (12-14). He went 2-4 in a homecoming at Western Illinois in the nightcap of March 20 twin bill in Macomb.

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