Northland Community & Technical College 2018 Softball Preview

Northland Community & Technical College 2018 Softball Preview

Rochester, Mn -

Release by Hailey, Nisbit

Head Coach l Years at School l Overall School Record:

Paul Peterson, 2nd Season, 4-30

Assistanct Coaches:

Lisa Sandoval and Dan Sandoval

Top Returners:

Emily Anderson, Middle River, MN, SS; Emily Hestekind, Newfolden, MN, 2B; Adrianna Vasek, Fisher, MN, CF; Megan Swedberg, Omema, MN, 1B; Lauren Carter, Thompson, ND, C; Miranda Opdahl, Theif River Falls, MN, OF.

Key Freshman:

Teizha Kaluna, Kailua Kona, HI, P/C/3B; Karmen Clark, Bemidji, MN, OF; McKailah Salway, Fairbanks, AK, INF, Tessa Solo, Baudette, MN, C.

(Teizha Kaluna, Fr, P/C/3B)

Coach Peterson on 2018 Pitching at NCTC:

"Teizha Kaluna wjill lead the pitching staff this year. Teizha had a good fall ball season. Mikenna Housker from Roseau, MN and Emily Anerson who pitched last year will also get to see some pitching time."

(Emily Anderson, So, SS)

NCTC 2018 Hitting and Offense:

"With a good Sophomore base, Northland should have a solid line up. Emily Anderson hit .400 for the Pioneers last season. Northland has a good freshman recruiting class with ten new players coming in."

Coach Peterson on NCTC Softball in the 2018 Season:

"We need to minimize mistakes and team chemistry will be a key this season."

The Northland Pioneers will kick off their Conference play on March 24th against Vermillion Community College.


About Softball in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference:

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference boasts a strong tradition in fastpitch softball; multiple decades of intercollegiate NJCAA competition has allowed student-athletes in the MCAC to pursue careers at four-year college programs and compete for National Championships. 

Currently, MCAC Softball teams compete in a two-division alignment.  Northern Division teams include Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, Central Lakes College,  Northland Community & Technical College and Vermilion Community College.  The Southern Division is home to St. Cloud Technical & Community College, Ridgewater College, M State Fergus Falls, Anoka-Ramsey CC, Minnesota West CTC, Riverland Community College and Rochester Community & Technical College. 

At the conclusion of the 2018 spring season, MCAC Division Champions and Divisional runner-up, as well as third and fourth-place finishing teams, will advance to the 2018 NJCAA Division III Region XIIIA and B Tournaments.  The Region XIII A & B Tournaments will be hosted by the regular season champion.   Winners of the 2018 NJCAA Region XIII A & B tournaments will advance to the 2018 NJCAA Division III National Tournament, held in Rochester, Minnesota on May 17-19. 

Softball in the MCAC features athletes from over Minnesota and many surrounding states.  Our campus environments include the opportunity to attend college and compete in a variety of Minnesota State System colleges, from the urban hubs of the Twin Cities, Rochester, and St. Cloud, and the picturesque college towns ranging from Thief River Falls to Ely, Worthington to Brainerd.  Learn more at:

More on Northland Community & Technical College:

Northland Community & Technical College is a comprehensive college offering many state-of-the-art, nationally renowned programs designed for those looking to quickly join the workforce. 96 different career programs and degree options are available on campus, online, in the summer and now in the evening. Campuses are located in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls with an aerospace site located at the Thief River Falls airport. 

Gopher Sport, based in Owatonna, is an industry leader in Physical Education, sports and fitness equipment.  Gopher Sport is dedicated to providing programs and departments with the products to improve fitness, develop skills, create fun and reach a high standard of learning and living. Gopher Sport has diligently served teachers, coaches and athletic directors around the world for over 65 years. 


About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system.  The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions.  The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.

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