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June 20, 2013

Ottumwa softball program to celebrate 40 years of successs

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"You grow up watching the softball team play and wanting to be a softball player," Cavison said.

While the coach has learned some new tricks over the years, some strategies have withstood the test of time. Coulter said sometimes, because of their past playing experience, she and other alums know what's going to happen next on the field before it even happens.

"We can say, 'Oh she's going to bunt, because we still know the signs," Crouse-Spurgeon said.

"The foundation of his program hasn't changed," Roark added. "He just has a system that has worked."

But, more than all the accolades and statistical prodigies Huston's program has accumulated over the years, are the memories that have been imprinted into the heart's and minds of the players who have put on a Bulldog uniform. And, today, some of these women get to watch their own daughters play for the same coach as them.

"Another reason we're so closely connected is Missy, Sherry [Strunk] and I all have daughters -- Olivia Roark, Sydney Strunk, Chloe Davis -- that play for the team now," Crouse-Spurgeon said. "That means a lot."

Furthermore, the young women who have donned a Bulldog uniform, also have forged a relationship with the greater Ottumwa community that has remains entrenched long after their playing days are over.

"People will stop you a say, 'hey you used to play for the softball team,'" Crouse-Spurgeon said.

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