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Three seniors to lead CCA’s diamond girls

Three seniors will return to CCA’s 2015 softball squad, including Lauren Stopko (above), Hannah Mougin and Lexi Kinnaird. (Leader file photo)

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OXFORD– Not many coaches in their first season with a program are able to take their team to the state championships. But Barb Lynn did when she took over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball program last year.
It was the team’s first state appearance since 2012. The Clippers fell in the first round to rival Solon and eventually came home from Fort Dodge with the eighth-place trophy a 22-20 record overall and 10-6 in the WaMaC West Division, good for third place.
For 2015, Lynn and assistants Dawn Cooksley, Craig Stratton, Jamie Henze and Brandi Haight return three seniors: Lexi Kinnaird, Lauren Stopko and Hannah Mougin. Kinnaird had an ERA of 1.65 on the mound and also works first base. She was a Second Team All-Conference pick and also received Iowa Girls Coaches Association Second-Team All-State and All-District honors as well. Stopko, a second baseman, was an All-Conference Honorable Mention pick with a .351 batting average while Mougin, a centerfielder, earned an All-Conference Second Team slot.
Juniors Courtney James (left field) and Jacquelyn Fairholm (third base) are back with sophomore Grace Murray (catcher/first base) and freshman Madison Rogers (right field). Megan Beckler, a junior, is back in the lineup this season after sitting out last year due to injury and will share pitching duties and cover the outfield. Junior Skylar Hop is new to the varsity lineup as a pitcher/catcher/first baseman.
The season opens at home on Thursday, May 28, with a varsity doubleheader against Anamosa starting at 6 p.m.

Thurs. May 28 HOME vs. Anamosa, V. doubleheader 6 p.m.
Mon. June 1 HOME vs. Benton Comm., V. doubleheader 6 p.m.
Thurs. June 4 AT Maquoketa, V. doubleheader 6 p.m.
Fri. June 5 Iowa City West Tournament at U of I TBD
Sat. June 6 Iowa City West Tournament at U of I TBD
Mon. June 8 AT Marion, V. doubleheader 6 p.m.
Tues. June 9 AT Mid-Prairie, Wellman, V. doubleheader 6 p.m.
Wed. June 10 HOME vs. Central DeWitt, V. double 6 p.m.
Fri. June 12 Cedar Rapids Jefferson Tournament TBD
Sat. June 13 Cedar Rapids Jefferson Tournament TBD
Mon. June 15 AT Williamsburg, V. doubleheader 6 p.m.
Wed. June 17 AT Mount Vernon, V. doubleheader 6 p.m.
Fri. June 19 Fort Dodge Tournament TBD
Sat. June 20 Fort Dodge Tournament TBD
Mon. June 22 HOME vs. Vinton, V. doubleheader 6 p.m.
Wed. June 24 AT South Tama, V. doubleheader 6 p.m.
Fri. June 26 CCA Invitational Tourney at U of I 10 a.m.
Sat. June 27 CCA Invitational Tourney at U of I 10 a.m.
Mon. June 29 HOME vs. Independence, V. doubleheader 6 p.m.
Thurs. July 2 HOME vs. Center Point-Urbana, V.. double 6 p.m.
Fri. July 3 Mid-Prairie Tournament TBD