Michalski leads softball honors


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Rounding thirdafter a home run, Maddie Michalski (12) accepts congratulations from Head Coach Rich Sturm as the rest of the team awaits her at the plate during the Oct. 6 district championship game at Fox.


Varsity softball player Maddie Michalski (12) was recognized for her contribution to the OHS softball program by being named first team all-state.

All-State is an award that selects six infielders out of about 400 in Missouri.
Head coach Rich Sturm says all-state is considered the most elite award a high school player can receive.

This is Michalski’s third straight year receiving all-state recognition. Michalski feels this was a great accomplishment, not only for her but also for the softball program as well.

“For the past four years I have had great coaches and teammates who have helped shaped me into the person and player I have become,” Michalski said. “I couldn’t ask for a better coaching staff or group of girls to help me achieve this accomplishment.”

Michalski doesn’t let unexpected things get in her way. Suffering from a few concussions throughout the year, she still was determined to continue playing. She led the team with 45 runs scored, three home runs, 15 doubles, and six triples. She also batted.495.

“Not only have I been a part of a team but a part of a family,” Michalski said.

Michalski plans to attend Wichita State University in Kansas to continue her softball career next fall.

“I won’t just miss the plays and the hits Maddie made on the field,” Coach Sturm said. ”It’s her leadership, how she carries herself and she has the ability to make other people around her better.”


Along with Michalski, 6 other players have been awarded all confererence.

1st team Pitcher -Calynn Gicante (10)
1st Team Pitcher- Makayla Slavik (11)
1st Team Infielder- Maddie Michalski (12)
1st Team Infielder- Melanie Mooney (12)
1st Team Infielder- Amanda Fitzwilliam (10)
1st Team Outfielder- Jenna Gregory (11)
1st Team Outfielder- Ella Strickland (9)