Jan 26, 2015

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Class of 2015 – STARS Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Emelie McFarland on her induction into the Maryland STARS Hall of Fame.

IMG_4030On January 25, 2015 Emelie McFarland became the 3rd member of the Maryland STARS Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is a prestigious honor given to those who have unselfishly given to the program. In the case of Emelie, she is a former STARS players who has come back and given tremendously to the program over the years.

McFarland played for the Stars for 7 seasons. Considered by most to be the greatest catcher in the programs history. She caught more games than any other player in Stars history as well as played in more game wins than any other player in Stars history. Along the way she donated many hours to help with the Stars summer camp and working as a mentor to younger players.  Like her family, Ed (Dad), Vickie (Mom), and Darryl (older Brother), Emelie had the best of attitudes and gave more than she received.

Emelie went on to play at Ursinus College and “star” for them.  She carried the Stars torch in college for 4 years. She is now working toward her PHD in Psychology focusing on helping the older members of society. She has continued to help the Stars with her mentoring of young catchers and her now annual catching clinic for Stars players and other young catchers in the area.

Emelie is most deserving of her induction into the Maryland Stars Hall of Fame.  She will always be remembered as the epitome of what all Stars players should be on and off the field.

 

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Jul 28, 2014

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Class of 2014 – STARS Hall of Fame

Christina Warholic (left) and Stephanie Speierman

Christina Warholic (left) and Stephanie Speierman

Christina Warholic and Stephanie Speierman became the inaugural inductees into the Maryland STARS Girls Fastpitch Program’s Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is a prestigious honor given to those who have unselfishly given to the program. In the cases of these two inductees, both were former STARS players who have come back and given tremendously to the program over the years.

Warholic was a member of the original STARS team of 1997.  Her team blazed the path for all other STARS teams to follow. Though she only played her last two seasons of summer ball with the STARS, her team put the STARS on the map as a top travel softball program and ensured that the teams that followed had a reputation to uphold.

When her playing days were over, Warholic coordinated and was the lead instructor at the STARS Summer Camp for 11 years.  She also served as assistant coach of the Stars 12U team before being named head coach of the 12U team and then the 14U team.

Warholic played college softball at Lycoming College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree, earned her Master’s degree from Seton Hall, and earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and now practices as a pediatric neuropsychologist at BRAINS in Grand Rapids, MI.

After an accolade-filled career as a player, Speierman also moved into coaching as an assistant and then head coach. Speierman has also gone on to carry the torch of coordinating the STARS Summer Camp for the last three years.

Her career as a player included being name Howard County High School Softball Player of the Year four times, leading Hammond High School to the State Championship (to include tossing a perfect game in the championship game).

She set numerous Maryland High School softball records that still stand:

• Most Strikeouts in a State Championship game – 19
• Most Strikeouts recorded by a pitcher in a career – 1361
• Most Strikeouts recorded by a pitcher in a season – 426
• Most Wins recorded by a pitcher in a season – 23
• Most Bases on Balls received by a batter in a career – 104
• Most Bases on Balls received by a batter in a season – 37

 

Speierman played for the Maryland STARS for 7 seasons and reached more softball related milestones than any player who has ever played for the program. Besides being an accomplished pitcher, she was a top shortstop, and an excellent hitter leading her team to many tournament championships, a top finish in ASA Nationals, and countless wins.

After her very successful summer ball and high school softball days, Speierman played 4 seasons for University of Michigan on a full scholarship.

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