Tag: Softball Player Profile

Softball Player Profile: Dan Melosi

Larry Wolfe A Detroit native, Dan Melosi graduated from Notre Dame High, a Catholic all-boys school in suburban Harper Woods. However, that isn’t as bad as it sounds, since the all-girls Regina High was right next door! Dan played on the baseball, basketball and football teams and played the trumpet in the Fightin’ Irish band,…

Softball Player Profile: Bill McCoy

Larry Wolfe A native of Rochester, Minnesota, home of the acclaimed Mayo Clinic, Bill McCoy spent all of his youth and young adulthood in the Gopher State. He graduated from Mayo High School where he played baseball for the Spartans before spending most of his free time “working on his own scholarship plan.” He then…

Softball Player Profile:  Cyndy Hilby

  Larry Wolfe In trying to come up with one word to describe Cyndy Hilby’s impact on Sun Lakes softball, I settled on the word “pillar.” Webster defines the word as “a supporting, integral or upstanding member of a group.” Cyndy is all of that and more. She’s a member of our Lady Sluggers team…

Softball player profile:  Mike Torreano

Larry Wolfe Mike Torreano grew up in the Kennedy Heights neighborhood of Cincinnati and graduated from Woodward High, where he played football and baseball for the Bulldogs. He was a star left-handed pitcher who was good enough to go on and pitch for the Air Force Academy Falcons baseball team. Mike earned a degree in…

Softball Player profile: Rick Oien

Larry Wolfe Rick Oien grew up in the small town of Grenora in northwest North Dakota, just 30 miles from the Canadian border. Grenora was named after the GReat NOrthern RAilway due to its position at the end of a branch line of that railway. Rick’s last name is pronounced Oy-en and is of Norwegian…

Softball Player Profile: Gordon “Gordy” Hannaford

  Larry Wolfe Gordon “Gordy” Hannaford is the son of a military man, so his family moved around a lot when he was a kid; however, he considers Bellevue, Nebraska, his hometown since that’s where he went to junior and senior high school. He was on the Chieftains’ wrestling team and later was on the…

Softball player profile: Tom Erpelding

  Larry Wolfe Other than attending and graduating from nearby Mankato (MN) Commercial College, Tom Erpelding is a pure-bred Hawkeye. Growing up on a farm, he spent his entire youth and business career in Iowa, where he attended a small school in LuVerne and played baseball, graduating with a class of only 23. After earning…

Softball Player Profile:  Roger Wisslead

Larry Wolfe A native of Warsaw, Illinois, Roger Wisslead could stand on the banks of the Mississippi and see Illinois, Iowa and Missouri just by turning his head. He was a four-year letterman as a defensive back in football and a pole vaulter and sprinter on the Warsaw Wildcats track team. After graduating from high…

Softball Player Profile: Dennis McCarthy

Larry Wolfe The “perfect man”? Well, Debra McCarthy thinks so and, in fact, Dennis McCarthy can legitimately stake a claim to that title. He’s the only person I’ve ever known who has pitched a perfect game in baseball and bowled four perfect games! Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and raised in Stoneham, northeast of Boston, Dennis…

Softball Player Profile

Larry Wolfe “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) This passage is the perfect description of Doug Warwick. Born in Chicago but raised in West Des Moines and later Raleigh, North Carolina, Doug played high school baseball…