SEVERAL TROJANS RECEIVE POST-SEASON AWARDS

JADA JENSEN

All-State Third Team

All-West 3A District

Hawkeye Ten Unanimous First Team All-Conference

ZOEY KIRCHHOFF

Hawkeye Ten First Team All-Conference

MALENA WOODWARD

Hawkeye Ten Second Team All-Conference

AVA RUSH

Hawkeye Ten Second Team All-Conference

MADISON HUDDLESON

Hawkeye Ten Honorable Mention All-Conference

RILEY WOOD

Hawkeye Ten Honorable Mention All-Conference

The Atlantic softball team earned their chance to try to get back to the State Tournament but came up against a really solid Williamsburg team in the Regional Final. The Raiders came away with a 7-0 win and punched their third straight ticket to State.


Williamsburg ends Atlantic's hopes for a second straight trip to the Iowa State Softball Tournament.

COACH HINZMANN REACHES 300 WIN MILESTONE WITH 12-0 VICTORY OVER RED OAK

TROJANS HONOR SENIORS AVA BRUCKNER AND MALENA WOODWARD

Senior Night began with the Trojan Softball Team honoring Ava and Mo along with their parents for their commitment they have to Trojan Softball. Pictured at the left are Ava and her father Robert and Malena and her mother Lisa and father Ryan.

TROJANS SAY GOODBYE TO ANNA CESARO

Anna joined the Trojan Softball Team as a manager all the way from Italy. As a foreign exchange student, Anna will be returning to her home country early next week, so this is the last home game she will be attending. We hope she learned a little about American's favorite game... Softball!

Nick Hinzmann recognized for volunteer work with Trojan Softball Program

In 2016 Nick began volunteering with the Trojan Softball Program. He assisted with the winter and spring Little League clinics, as well as organizing and running the off-season hitting and open gym programs designed to improve the skills of softball players of all ages. After moving to the Des Moines area, Nick still remains involved with the Trojan Softball Program by heading, organizing and coaching the team during the spring. This past spring season Nick passed a milestone; coaching in his seventy-fifth game.


2012 TROJANNS UNIFORMS

The 2022 Trojan team sport the 2012 throwback uniforms during the Hall of Fame game vs Estherville-LC on June 3. The uniforms were part of the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Trojan Softball

MEMORIES ABOUND AS TROJAN SOFTBALL PLAYERS FROM ALL ERAS GATHER TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF TROJAN SOFTBALL

DEB WHEATLY-FIELD THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH TO BEGIN RECOGNITION OF 50 YEARS OF TROJAN SOFTBALL

Along with Teri Harris, Deb was the captain of the very first Trojan Softball team that began play in 1972. Deb kicked off an evening which saw the induction of Mel Allen and Karen Hoffmann into the Trojan Softball Hall of Fame and a lot of memories of past teams and players. The current Trojan squad did their part by posting victories against Kuemper (5-4) and Estherville LC (3-1).

MEL ALLEN AND KAREN HOFFMANN INDUCTED INTO THE TROJAN SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME

Upper left: The family of Mel Allen accepting his induction to the Hall of Fame. Lower left: Karen Hoffmann accepts induction to Hall of Fame. Above: Coach Hinzmann with both inductees.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MEL ALLEN AND KAREN HOFFMANN AS THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE TROJAN SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME.

MEL ALLEN

Mel Allen is a true pioneer of girl’s softball in Atlantic. Seeing a definite need for a team, Mel created the girls softball town team and coached that team during the 1968, 70 and 71 seasons. Under coach Allen, this team was very successful and did well in the girls’ tournament play. But as many of the schools in the Hawkeye Eight began to adopt girl’s softball as part of their high school sports offerings, it became increasing difficult for Coach Allen to schedule games with local teams. If girls softball was going to continue in Atlantic, it was going to have to be with a high school sponsored program and Mel became the driving force behind the creation of the Atlantic High School softball program.

Mel first introduced the idea of high school softball at the October 1969 school board meeting. After some debate, however, the school board denied his request. Not to be deterred, Mel organized a grass roots effort to include softball and returned to the school board the following year. Mel’s persistence paid off, as the school board voted at the November 13, 1971 meeting to adopt softball as a high school sponsored sport. Mel’s knowledge and expertise of the game of softball became a critical part when making preparations to launch the first team in the spring of 1972.

Mel stayed active in softball until he passed away in October of 2009. It was his hard work, persistence and dedication that have allowed so many players in Atlantic to enjoy the sport they love... softball. There would be no conference championships or state tournament appearances without Mel Allen, the newest member of the Trojan Softball Hall of Fame. Mel Allen joins Joel Simms, Betty Jo Schope, Sharon Hoffmann, Michelle McLaren, Kristi Wright, Angie Jenkins and Claire Markham


KAREN HOFFMANN

Even before the creation of the high school Trojan Softball team, Karen Hoffmann was well on her way to a successful softball career. She, and many others who would eventually make up those early high school teams, had been playing for the local town softball team under the direction of Coach Mel Allen.

Karen, who was a senior the first year the high school team was created, put together an impressive string of statistics that included, scoring 28 runs, stealing 16 bases and compiling a top ten all-time Trojan Softball batting average of 480.

After high school Karen attended Benedictine college in Atchison, KS. When the school added softball Karen’s junior year, she joined the team and helped the Raven’s win the Kansas State Softball Championship in the schools first year of competition. While at Benedictine College, Karen also participated in volleyball and basketball.

After college, softball continued to be a passion for Karen. She played for several teams in the Hays, Kansas and coached for the Hays Recreation Softball Program and later for the Harper Recreational Softball Program.

Upon graduation, Karen received the Outstanding Physical Education Major Award and then accepted an instructor position in Hays, Kansas where she also coached the high school basketball, volleyball and track teams. She coached numerous state track and field qualifiers and lead the volleyball team to three consecutive second place finishes in the Kansas sub-state tournament in ’76,’77 and’78.

In 1984 Karen moved to Harper, KS where she taught PE, health and science, while continuing her coaching career at the junior high and freshmen levels. Karen was named 2004 Unified School District 361 Teacher of the Year and in 2005 was nominee for the Kansas State Teacher of the Year.

After 31 years of teaching and coaching, Karen retired in 2011.

Karen Hoffmann joins Joel Simms, Betty Jo Schope, Sharon Hoffmann, Michelle McLaren, Kristi Wright, Angie Jenkins and Claire Markham



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