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LBW#039;s best season ever

For the second-consecutive season, the LBW Community College softball team set a new record for the most wins in a season.

The Lady Saints completed the 2003 season with a school-record 17 wins and a second-place finish in their conference.

The Lady Saints also advanced to the state tournament for the second year in a row under the direction of Head Coach Erica Powell.

Powell, who has guided the softball program to new heights, directed the Lady Saints to a

30-50 record during the past two seasons. The Lady Saints were 13-23 in 2002.

Powell's coaching ability has opened doors for her and she is leaving the school after accepting an assistant coaching job with Alabama State University in Montgomery.

She said her coaching contract with LBW expires in June and she plans to do everything she can to help the softball program to continue to grow.

Powell said she wants to leave the softball program in good condition and in good hands so it can continue to set records for the most wins in a season.

"The season was the best ever at LBW," Powell said. "We had a really great year.

"I really do hope they get somebody," Powell said about her replacement. "I know Coach (Steve) Helms is dedicated to finding someone who will keep the program going in the right direction.

"I will miss coaching here," Powell added. "I really like the school."

Powell is not the only member of the softball program leaving the school.

Nikki Sawyer and Courtney Ynclan plan to continue their college softball careers under the direction of Powell.

The two Lady Saints, who have used up their eligibility at the two-year school, have been awarded softball scholarships to attend Alabama State.

Robyn Johnson, a graduate of Red Level High School and LBW Community College, is another Lady Saint who will be going to Montgomery to continue her college softball career.

Johnson will continue her career at Huntingdon in Montgomery.

The Lady Saints ended the season with a trip to the state tournament where they went 0-2, falling by one run in the second game of the tournament.

Outfielder Maureen Eisenberger and pitcher Nikki Sawyer were named to the All-Conference Team. Rachel Cochran was named to the All-Tournament Team at the state tournament.

Individual awards were also presented at the team's banquet. Courtney Ynclan took home the Best Defensive Player Award, Captain's Award and Best Teammate Award.

Robyn Johnson tied for Best Defensive Player and was also presented with a Captain's Award.

Nikki Sawyer was presented with the Best Offensive Player Award. Maureen Eisenberger won the Most Improved Player Award. Ashley Martin took home the Coach's Award. Rachel Cochran earned the Freshman Award.