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Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:34 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Three seniors are leaving three-time softball champs, but the talent continues

Ink is a funny thing. It rubs off easily, leaving its color on whatever it touches. That tint, good or bad, is sometimes hard to remove.

For the Canyon Del Oro softball team, 2009 newsprint was overwhelmingly good, as the Dorados cruised to a third straight state title behind the stellar play of two standout seniors, Kenzie Fowler and Katie Asher.

For the past two seasons, these two athletes and statistical titans were a magnet for CDO state titles.

The University of Arizona-bound Fowler, on the basis of her all-around excellence in every aspect of the game, was named the 2008 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year. Asher bashed a home run in the 2008 state title game, and finished that season with a .476 batting average and 14 total home runs.

This season saw more of the same.

Heading into this season's playoffs, Fowler threw three straight no-hitters. In the Dorados' 4-0 state championship victory over Cienega at UA's Hillenbrand Stadium on May 16, she finished her high school career by allowing only one hit to the Bobcats and ending the season with a .048 ERA.

Asher, who is headed to Oklahoma State University next season, was no less prolific, hitting nine home runs, many times providing CDO with the necessary offensive boost in critical moments during the Dorados' 30-2 campaign.

"We're really lucky to have three seniors that have all been stars all four years," said CDO head coach Amy Swiderski earlier this season. "Not only as athletes, they all have really strong character and they're doing a great job of leading."

That kind of character, leadership and dominance has allowed the Dorados to command the respect and awe of 4A for nearly half a decade. But now what?

Here's where the ink's impression comes in.

While the media were (rightfully) quick to pinpoint future collegians Fowler and Asher due to gaudy statistics and electric field presence, lost in the shuffle is a young CDO team that has no plans to give up the ghost in 2010.

How young?

Well, co-captains Fowler, Asher and Lindsey Weldon are the only seniors listed on the 2009 roster. In fact, aside from the inevitable addition of skilled freshmen, the Dorados' roster for next season reads as follows: two seniors, six juniors and two sophomores. The cupboard is not exactly bare.

"We have a very strong sophomore class who we look to to get on base each inning," said Swiderski in March. "If we get on base each inning, we're pretty successful."

That class of now-juniors, including Kayla Henry, Courtney Sollevold and Mattie Fowler (among others), and joined by seniors Adriana Privitera and Janelle Christman, was an integral part of CDO's championship run this year.

Something else that played a bigger role, according to Asher, was the team's "great chemistry."

"We have sleepovers and dinners," said an excited Asher before the playoffs.

If team chemistry was a deciding factor in asserting the Dorados' pre-eminence in Arizona during 2009, then the next statement from coach Swiderski might give opponents even more to think about in 2010.

"Our team chemistry gets better and better every year," said Swiderski with a smile.

Arizona softballers, you are now warned.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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