Taylor Edwards (left) and Kiki Stokes (center) will be teammates with the Scrap Yard Dawgs in 2018, while Tatum Edwards (right) retired from the NPF following back-to-back titles with the Chicago Bandits in 2015 and 2016.
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Beyond Nebraska

By NU Athletic Communications

The success and legacy of the Nebraska softball program are not limited to the Cornhusker State or a four-year college career. Using the training and tools taught at NU, former players have gone on to continue their playing careers on both the professional and international levels. A pair of Huskers competed at both the professional and international levels. A pair of Huskers competed at both the 2004 Sydney Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, the last two years softball was an Olympic Sport. Lori Sippel, a pitcher for Team Canada in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, also coached the Canadians in Beijing. In January of 2018, former Husker Taylor Edwards earned a spot on the USA Softball World Championship Team.

In the professional ranks, Nebraska had more players selected for the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league’s inaugural All-Star game in 2005 than any other collegiate program except UCLA. Tatum and Taylor Edwards have won back-to-back NPF titles with the Chicago Bandits in 2015 and 2016, while Kiki Stokes was one of the league’s top rookies in 2016 with the Scrap Yard Dawgs. In 2017, Stokes, along with Taylor Edwards and MJ Knighten, helped the Dawgs to their first NPF title.

Huskers in the Olympics

Year

Name

Country

Position

Honors

1996 
Atlanta, Ga., USA


Lori Sippel

Canada

Pitcher

Fifth-Place Finish

2004
Athens, Greece


Sheena Lawrick

Canada

Infielder

Fourth-Place Finish

2004
Athens, Greece

Stephanie Skegas Maxwell

Greece

Pitcher

Seventh-Place Finish

2008
Beijing China


Sheena Lawrick

Canada

Infielder

Fifth-Place Finish

2008
Beijing China


Robin Mackin

Canada

Pitcher

Fourth-Place Finish

2008
Beijing China


Lori Sippel

Canada

Head Coach

Fourth-Place Finish

 

Huskers in the Pros

Name

Team

Years

Position

Honors

Kim Ogee

Denver Altitude (NPF)

2003

Outfielder

Amanda Buchholz

Texas Thunder (NPF) 2003 Infielder

Leigh Ann Walker

Arizona Heat (NPF) 2004 Pitcher

Peaches James

Texas Thunder (NPF)

2004

Pitcher

15th Pick in 2004 NPF Draft
2004 NPF All-Star 

Peaches James

NY/NJ Juggernaut
(NPF)

2005

Pitcher

2005 NPF All-Star*

Peaches James

Chicago Bandits (NPF)

2006-07

Pitcher

Anne Steffan

Chicago Bandits (NPF)

2005-06

Infielder

19th Pick in 2005 NPF Draft
2005 NPF All-Star*
2006 NPF All-Star

Nicole Trimboli

Colorado Altitude (NPF)

2004

Outfielder

20th Pick in 2004 NPF Draft

Nicole Trimboli

Akron Racers (NPF)

2004-05

Outfielder

2004 NPF All-Star 
2005 NPF All-Star*
2005 NPF Champion

Nicole Trimboli


Chicago Bandits (NPF)

2006-09

Outfielder

2008 NPF All-Star
2008 NPF Champion
2008 NPF Championship MVP

Nicole Trimboli

USSSA Pride (NPF)

2010-11

Outfielder

2011 NPF All-Star

Nicole Trimboli

Akron Racers

2011-12

Outfielder

2011 NPF All-Star

Tatum Edwards


Chicago Bandits (NPF)

2015-16

Pitcher

2016 NPF Champion

Taylor Edwards


Pennsylvania Rebellion (NPF)

2014

Catcher

8th Pick in 2014 NPF Draft

Taylor Edwards

Chicago Bandits (NPF)

2015-16

Catcher

2015 NPF Champion
2015 All-NPF Team
2016 NPF Champion
2016 All-NPF Team

Taylor Edwards

Scrap Yard Dawgs (NPF)

2017

Catcher

2017 NPF Champion

Taylor Edwards

Scrap Yard Dawgs 
(Independent)

2018-present

Catcher

Kiki Stokes Scrap Yard Dawgs (NPF) 2016-17 Outfielder 6th Pick in 2016 NPF Draft
2017 NPF Champion
Kiki Stokes Scrap Yard Dawgs 
(Independent)
2018-present Outfielder
MJ Knighten Scrap Yard Dawgs (NPF) 2017 Infielder 25th Pick in 2017 NPF Draft
2017 NPF Champion
MJ Knighten Scrap Yard Dawgs 
(Independent)
2018-present Infielder

 *The 2005 season was the only year the NPF staged an All-Star game. However, the NPF named All-Star Teams during other years and later moved to naming All-NPF Teams.

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