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The Hollidaysburg-based PA Tigers travel softball team for players ages 16-and-under earned a double distinction this summer.

The PA Tigers finished the 2021-22 season, which actually began last September, ranked first in the state and first in the nation among B Classification teams in the 16U division by the United States Specialty Sports Association.

The Tigers posted a 21-3-1 season record and won their last 12 straight games while capturing two tournament championships.

Jody Dawson is the head coach of the PA Tigers, with Todd Negola, Mark Neeley and Dino Conigy all serving valuable roles as assistant coaches for the team, which started off as a recreation league squad several years ago and has progressed to participating in travel competition against top teams from within Pennsylvania, as well as from Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.

The current PA Tigers team roster has five players on it who attend Hollidaysburg Area High School. They include three incoming seniors in second baseman Abby Steiner, first baseman Rachel Musselman, and pitcher-infielder Olivia Vincent, as well as a pair of incoming juniors in center fielder Kaelyn Neeley and shortstop Bri Dawson.

There are two players on the team’s roster who currently attend Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School. They are outfielder Caitlyn Conigy, an incoming senior, and Lily Negola, an incoming junior.

Three other players — catcher Bralyn Ellis of Central High School, pitcher-third baseman Kara Lansberry of Williamsburg High School and pitcher-outfielder Mykynzee Milchak of Altoona High School — will all be juniors at their respective schools this fall.

Jody Dawson directed the team inseason and offseason during games, outdoor and indoor practices and clinics, and said that the players’ work ethic and perseverance were the keys to the squad’s success.

“It came down to all the hard work and all the practicing that the girls did,” Jody Dawson said. “I think it was their hard work that put them where they needed to be.

“They also responded in pressure situations. There were several games in which they just kept fighting through and coming back. They had no quit in them. It was amazing to watch.”

Todd Negola agreed that the team’s fighting spirit and cohesiveness as a unit were principal factors in its great season.

“The critical component, in my opinion, was that the girls fought hard and they fought for each other,” Todd Negola said. “They played legitimately as a team, and if one part of the batting lineup happened to be struggling in a given game, the other part of the lineup would always find a way to make something happen.

“It was always like that. It was magical. It was an absolutely balanced lineup, and defensively, this team made very, very few errors, and they were just so technically sound.”

Todd Negola pointed out the extensive time commitment of Mark Neeley to the team, as well as expressing his gratitude toward officials at Hollidaysburg’s Legion Park for allowing the Tigers to use their field for practices.

But the biggest factor in the team’s success, Todd Negola felt, was Jody Dawson.

“He’s a humble guy, but if it wasn’t for him being at the helm, I don’t think any of this would have ever happened,” Todd Negola said. “Jody got to know each one …….

Source: https://www.altoonamirror.com/sports/local-sports/2022/08/hollidaysburg-team-caps-off-highly-successful-year/

The Hollidaysburg-based PA Tigers travel softball team for players ages 16-and-under earned a double distinction this summer.

The PA Tigers finished the 2021-22 season, which actually began last September, ranked first in the state and first in the nation among B Classification teams in the 16U division by the United States Specialty Sports Association.

The Tigers posted a 21-3-1 season record and won their last 12 straight games while capturing two tournament championships.

Jody Dawson is the head coach of the PA Tigers, with Todd Negola, Mark Neeley and Dino Conigy all serving valuable roles as assistant coaches for the team, which started off as a recreation league…….

The Hollidaysburg-based PA Tigers travel softball team for players ages 16-and-under earned a double distinction this summer.

The PA Tigers finished the 2021-22 season, which actually began last September, ranked first in the state and first in the nation among B Classification teams in the 16U division by the United States Specialty Sports Association.

The Tigers posted a 21-3-1 season record and won their last 12 straight games while capturing two tournament championships.

Jody Dawson is the head coach of the PA Tigers, with Todd Negola, Mark Neeley and Dino Conigy all serving valuable roles as assistant coaches for the team, which started off as a recreation league…….

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