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Jefferson Hills girls help propel Diamond Stars to multiple team championships

| Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, 11:49 a.m.

The Pittsburgh Diamond Stars 10U softball team wrapped up a banner 2012 season with an impressive 55-8-1 overall record, to go along with six team championships.

The Diamond Stars claimed titles at five American Soccer Assocation state tournaments held in Pittsburgh (States), Washington (Twist), Raccoon Township (National Tune-Up), New Castle (Year-End Slugfest) and Wheeling, W. Va. (Cardinal Classic).

They also took first place at the Field of Dreams Classic in Boardman, Ohio.

Heidi Karcher, one of four members of the team's coaching staff, said she was proud of the girls' overall performance in 2012.

"The time and dedication that the girls, along with the families, put in (during the season) is to be admired," she said. "The players did an awesome job all year; I couldn't be prouder,"

The team was composed of 10 girls, consisting of Bella Regna, Gracie Albitz, Alexis Riske, Taylor Ludwick, Tanner Patrick, Angelina King, Jessica Dean, Haleigh Karcher, Jade Renner and Isabella Sciullo.

Regna, Patrick and Karcher are from Jefferson Hills, while Albitz, Dean and Riske are from nearby South Park.

The other four players, Sciullo, Ludwick, King and Renner, reside in Bethel Park, McKeesport, Washington and Wind Ridge, respectively.

"This team will be moving up to the 12U age bracket in the upcoming year," Karcher, the coach, said. "(We're) anxiously awaiting our moving up to 12U."

Along with Karcher, the team's coaching staff consisted of Deron Patrick, Rob Karcher and Rich Regna.

The girls met as a team last August, then practiced during the winter months and into the spring season,

They participated in two winter tournaments in Ohio.

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