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NEWS | Aug. 17, 2007

Two members of Team Lackland selected for All-AF women's softball team tryouts

By Tony Perez 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office

While Lackland AFB recently finished its intramural softball season, two members of Team Lackland might be playing in a few more ball games.

Tina Cooper of the 651st Munitions Squadron and Bobbi Russell of the 37th Services Division will be traveling to Hill AFB, Utah for the All-Air Force Softball Trial Camp.

Russell and Cooper will be joined by three other women coming from Air Education and Training Command. Tomi Jo Anderson and Jamie Pitcher will be participating from Maxwell AFB, Ala., while Karrie Warren will join the trial team from Tyndall AFB, Fla.

The camp will be held from Aug. 29 through Sept. 5. The camp is used as a means to form the All-Air Force softball team that will represent the Air Force at the Armed Forces Women's Softball Championship which be held from Sept. 21-26.

This will be the 29th Armed Forces Women's Softball Championship.

The camp invited 24 Airmen from 22 bases to compete for a spot on a roster that will hold a total of 15 players.

"I always expect a victory from our Air Force team," said Chief of Air Force Sports Steve Brown. "The shame of it though, is due to deployment and TDY and other obligations, some of the ladies who are the best players in the Air Force can't play. Some of our players just can't get away and some might not be aware of the program, but I still expect us to win."

Russell began playing softball when she enlisted in the Air Force 13 years ago. She played for the All-Air Force Women's Softball Team in 2001 when she was also named Air Force Female Athlete of the Year.

"I'm so excited to be chosen for the camp," said Russell. "I haven't been able to apply since 2001 because of pregnancy, deployments and PCSing. It's definitely an honor to be chosen again."

Russell has been a member of Team Lackland since December 2006.

"It not only speaks volumes of our program here and of the command, but also the individuals, said Sports Director Jerry Tiger. "Participants are not just selected because of their talent, but also because of their leadership."