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Dupo softball in rebuilding mode

By on March 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Members of the 2018 Dupo High School softball team are, from left, front row: Micayla Koonce, Sarah Ostertag, Brandy Rhyne, Ellie Elfrink, Holly Wilson, Cameron Foster, MyKenzie Kloess and Rachael Freemont; and back row: Coach Norman, Alexis Duck, Sheridan Pipkens, Kenzie Brown, Kassidee Keys, Maddie Esmon, Kayla Prater and Coach Mitchell. (Kermit Constantine photo)

Gone are several key members of a Dupo High School softball program that reeled off four straight regional titles and placed second at state in 2016, so the Tigers will have their work cut out for them this spring. 

“This is a rebuilding year,” Dupo second-year head coach Tom Norman admitted.

The Tigers lost starters Megan Brown, Skylure Barlow and Taylor Esmon, who all hit over .400 last season, as well as fellow senior Stormy Sellers, who hit .340. Those four players were instrumental in Dupo’s string of four 20-plus-win seasons and four straight regional crowns.

However, Dupo has a solid group of juniors who played important roles on last year’s squad that went 20-9 in Norman’s first year at the helm. 

“I have a young group that could still make some noise this season,” Norman said. “We have a good bunch of juniors who saw time last year, along with other young players that need to grow…>>>

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