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Area girls softball team preparing for national tournament

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An area summer softball team is preparing to take it's show to a national stage.

The Coulee Region Elite 16-under squad will compete in the ASA National Tournament later this week. 

The team is made up of top players from six area high schools. They qualified for nationals after winning a tournament in Austin, Minnesota about a month ago.

The kicker is the team met for the first time as a group just a couple hours before their first game. Then they proceeded to go 6-0 during the tournament and earned a trip to nationals.

"The weird thing was we came together and we felt like we knew each other for years.  We just clicked right away.  We just knew how to play ball together," said 2nd baseman Maddie Stillwell.

"I think it's going to be a great experience for all of us to play against different teams in a different area against different competition," said shortstop Julia Wopat.

"They actually took it upon themselves to stand in a circle.  They went through their names, who they were, where they were from and what positions they played.  About 20-minutes after that they went out and won their first game," said coach Paul Sullivan. 

The 16U ASA B National Tournament starts Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana.

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