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Titan Softball Players Featured in Loudoun Times-Mirror

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

 by Jason S. Rufner from the Loudoun Times-Mirror

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If Joe and Katie Liverman ever create a family crest, the design ought to feature a softball diamond graced by three stars.

It was around a softball field that the couple shared a hello which evolved into marriage - and it was on the softball field that Joe's daughter, Kailey, and Katie's twin daughters, Addie and Courtney Dieterich, grew close enough to call themselves sisters.

Next fall, the Liverman-Dieterich family of Purcellville will hold a kind of reunion in Pennsylvania. Kailey, the senior first baseman for the Loudoun Valley Vikings conference champion softball team, will relocate to Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., where Courtney and Addie are already on the softball team Kailey will join.

"I'm just so proud," said mom Katie. "The girls were on opposite teams before they knew each other, but when they started playing together, it became this threesome all the time."

There's a minor reportage detail on which Katie wants no mistake.

"I saw that they were called teammates," she said, smiling. "They're not just teammates, they're sisters!"

Over a series of softball camps attended by their kids in 2008, Katie got to know Joe, himself an experienced coach of youth softball. Their relationship grew to the point of marriage in late 2009, blending the two families into one.

In 2010, Katie formally adopted Kailey and her older brother Taylor.

"It's funny that we do all kind of look alike. Kailey looks just like me," said Katie as Joe laughed. "But I am their mom, to Kailey and the twins."

Kailey Liverman has a vague recollection of the Dieterich twins as kids in the neighborhood, going to birthday parties and such, but the three didn't know each other well until their parents became involved.

Now Kailey considers herself a full relation with Addie and Courtney in every way but biological.

"My two older twin sisters and I have played together in travel ball and high school, and getting to continue that is truly a blessing," Kailey said. "We're all one family. We're never without each other."

The three sisters first teamed up on the softball diamond as 13-year-olds for the Ashburn Shooting Stars travel club. Since, they've shared the field with the Loudoun Storm travel team and the Loudoun Valley Vikings' varsity.

Valley head coach Kristin Thurston is in her fourth season guiding the Vikings.

"They seem to complement each other so well. Those three have such a great bond," said Thurston, who noted the two occasions when Addie and Kailey clubbed back-to-back home runs for the Vikings.

Kailey is an RBI-collecting first baseman who's received Thurston's praise for leadership as the Vikings' sole senior. Courtney is a strong-armed, speedy outfielder who redshirted this spring due to a shoulder surgery. Addie - the most emotional of the three, according to Joe - is a power-hitting catcher, leading Westminster in batting average (.364) and slugging percentage (.566) while earning all-conference honors as a freshman.

Before reuniting in college, the sisters will spend one more summer with the Storm's 18U team, toiling together in Loudoun uniforms, dad Joe in the dugout.

"Then we have fall ball, then spring season next year," anticipated Kailey with some glee.

Kailey has been coached by Joe from the earliest age. Joe remarked on the skill sets offered by his three daughters.

"Sometimes there's an unwritten sign or language where they can just look at each other and know exactly what to do," he said. "Each of them understands what the other sisters can do, from a fundamental perspective."

He continued. "Off the field, they're sisters. Like any family, they sometimes yell and scream..."

"Usually about clothes," his wife interjected.

"… but when they come back on the softball field, they're one," he said. "They protect each other, which is really interesting."

Katie expressed satisfaction with her daughters' choices for study. Courtney is studying special elementary education. Addie is taking courses on psychological counseling. Kailey plans to double-major in psychology and fine arts, with the goal of becoming an art therapist.

"They're all hoping to join helpful professions, which makes me even more proud," Katie said. "I have to say, we are blessed."

As the sport of softball brought Joe and Katie Liverman together as husband and wife, so too did the game bring a trio of players together as genuine sisters.

"Being able to play a sport I love with my sisters makes it that much more exciting, because I get to share it with them," Kailey said. "We've never been happier.

Kalsey Featured in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

By Chuck Curti

Throughout junior high, Marissa Kalsey tried every sport, but she said she never found one she really liked - or where she excelled.

In track and field, Kalsey finally found her calling: pole vault. She showed an aptitude and a liking for it almost immediately.

She won three WPIAL titles and one PIAA title then carried that success over to college. This week, Kalsey, a junior at Westminster, will go for her third straight NCAA Division III All-American honor in the event at the national championships at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

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High Fives: April 20 – April 26

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

High Fives are the Top-5 performances by Westminster athletes during the previous week as selected by the Titan Sports Blogger.

#1 - Junior Nick Fiorentino (Outdoor Track & Field) was named the overall meet MVP and the Field MVP after winning three events, guiding the Titans to a third-place finish at the 2015 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He won the discus with a throw of 139' (42.36 meters), the shot put with a toss of 50'1.25" (15.27 meters), and the javelin with mark of 189'7" (57.80 meters). All three marks were personal bests, while his mark in the shot put was only 0.05" away from tying a 20-year school record.

#2- First-year Kelsey Phillips (Women's Golf) earned first team All-PAC after posting a four-round score of 365 (96-93-92-84), guiding the Titans to second place at the PAC Championship. 

#3 - Junior Marisa Toensing (Outdoor Track & Field) broke her own school record in the 400-meter hurdles as she won with a time of 1:03.07 at the PAC Championship. She also placed third in the 100-meter dash (12.68) and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.36). Toensing was also the anchor of the 4x400-meter relay team that placed second (4:07.92) and was the last leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that placed fourth with a time of 50.68.

#4 - In the Titans' extra-inning-win against Geneva, first-year Gabby Butcher (Softball) scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI-double, scoring sophomore Checka Nardone.

#5 - Sophomore Sean Coyne (Baseball) led the offense with four RBIs and went 1-0 on the mound with only allowing two runs. He added an inside-the-park home run and a double.

Honorable Mention:
-Senior Ross Montanti (Men's Golf) placed 20th with a four-round score of 332 (87-80-85-80).

High Fives: April 13 – April 19

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

High Fives are the Top-5 performances by Westminster athletes during the previous week as selected by the Titan Sports Blogger.

#1 - Senior Morgan Pierce (Women's Golf) guided the Titans to a first-place finish at the Thiel Invitational on Saturday with a second-place score of 90 out of 22 participants.

#2 - Junior Marisa Toensing (Women's Outdoor Track & Field) broke the school record in the 400-meter hurdles with a third-place time of 1:03.84 on Saturday at Slippery Rock. Additionally, Toensing won an individual event and was also part of a winning relay team on Thursday at the PAC Quad North Meet. Toensing won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.08 and was also the last leg of the 4x400-meter relay team who clocked in at 4:10.26.

#3 - Senior Jared Heck (Baseball) led the Titan offense with seven RBIs, while adding six runs scored and two stolen bases. Westminster went 2-3 last week.

#4 - Sophomore Emily Lindsey (Softball) tallied team-highs six RBIs, eight hits, six runs scored, and two home runs. The Titans went 1-5 last week.

#5 - Freshman Kornel Foremski (Men's Tennis) went 3-0 at number five singles last week, including a 7-5, 2-6, 10-6 tiebreaker win at Waynesburg. Westminster went 1-2 last week.

Honorable Mention:
-Junior Andrew Brannen (Men's Outdoor Track & Field) won the pole vault with a mark of 13'3.5"(4.05m) at the PAC North Quad Meet.
-Junior Marissa Kalsey (Women's Outdoor Track & Field) won the pole vault with a mark of 13'16" (4.01 meters) at the Slippery Rock Invitational.

High Fives: April 6 – April 12

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

High Fives are the Top-5 performances by Westminster athletes during the previous week as selected by the Titan Sports Blogger.

#1 - Junior Marissa Kalsey (Outdoor Track & Field) claimed first-place honors in the pole vault at Saturday's Westminster Invitational, bettering her own school record with a jump of 13-03.05. She currently holds the number one spot on the Division III outdoor qualifying list and is the lone women's pole vaulter to go over 13 feet this season. Saturday's jump also ranks eighth all-time in Division III women's outdoor track and field history.

#2 - First-year Addie Dieterich (Softball) led the Titan offense batting .563 (9-for-16), including two runs scored, a team-high four doubles, a triple, and two RBIs. She had a slugging percentage of .938, to go along with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage (14 putouts, 1 assist, 0 errors).

#3 - Sophomore Tyler Bommer (Baseball) led the Titans to a 3-1 record last week with five RBIs, including the game-winning hit in the Titans' 11-10 extra-inning contest versus Bethany.

#4 - Freshman Jametrius Bentley had the highest finish for the men's team with a third place finish in the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 10.94.

#5 - In Westminster's win versus Bethany, senior Mike Matisi (Men's Tennis) won no. 2 singles, 6-2, 7-5, and teamed up with junior Troy Abbott for a 9-8 no. 1 doubles win.

Honorable Mention:
-Junior Ashley Smith (Softball) posted a 2-0 record in a pair of starts last week for the 3-1 Titans, recording complete-game victories against Waynesburg and Saint Vincent. She finished the week with a 2.00 earned run average and nine strikeouts and did not issue a walk over her 14.0 innings of work.

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