Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame
Ashland County Sports
Hall of Fame

1993 Loudonville High School Girls
Softball Team

Nominator is Dave Parker
1966 Loudonville High School Girls softball Team

Front Row: (L to R) Karie Kirkpatrick, Rose Kline, Kendra Young, Susan Kline, Michelle Gongwer, Jennifer Sams. Back Row: (L to R) Coach Dave Parker, Kim Herman, Chris Roney, Michelle Johnson, Sherry Mowry, Jody Hinkle, Missy Gretzinger, Coach Cammie Workman.

Overall Record 26 - 2
Mohican Area Conference Champions,
1993 Division III State Champions
Head Coach: Dave Parker
Assistant Coaches: Cammie Workman, Bill Herman,
Junior Varsity Coaches: Mike Brubaker, Jackie Keiser

Loudonville started off the season with nine consecutive victories including defeating the defending Division II state champion Akron Hoban. The Ashland-area Division III district was the toughest with strong teams from Hillsdale, Mapleton and Black River.

The State Championship in 1993 was the Lady Redbirds second Final Four appearance in three years. Loudonville pitcher Michelle Gongwer struck out 12 batters to defeat the Mt. Gilead in the semi-final contest. They then went on to beat Colonel Crawford 3-1 in the State Championship at Brookside Park in Ashland.

The parade that followed was the biggest, loudest, noisiest parade in the history of southern Ashland County. The team bus was escorted back to Loudonville after the tournament by area law enforcement, and the parade stretched between four to five miles. It was a tournament and a season that the members of the team and Loudonville won't forget.

1993 Loudonville Softball Team

1993 Loudonville Girls Softball Team
Front row – left to right: Karie Kirkpatrick, Kim, (Herman) Bracken, Sherry (Mowery) Hesselbein Jody (Hinkle) Toms, Rose (Kline) VanSickle, Michelle (Gongwer) Leighty.
Back row: Head Coach Dave Parker, Assistant Coach Mike Brubaker, Assistant Coach Bill Herman Cammie (Cowan) Workman, Jackie (Snow) Arnold.

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