Softball to hold 10-year reunion for 2003 Sweet 16 team

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    April 11, 2013

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois softball team will celebrate the of one of the finest seasons in school history Saturday as the 2003 Sweet 16 team will hold its 10-year reunion.

    The 2003 players and coaches will all be recognized between games of SIU's doubleheader against Missouri State Saturday. The team will also hold a dinner Saturday night at Copper Dragon.

    "I just thought it would be cool to have a 10-year thing because people start having families and they go on with their lives and it is hard to get people together," said SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock. "We really wanted to have something this year because we felt like it was a pretty special group. I am really looking forward to having all of them back."

    The following members of the 2003 team will be in attendance Saturday:

    Katie Kloess Kramkowski
    Kendra Moore McNichols
    Lindsey Bonnell Jones
    Jenny Doehring
    Katie Louis
    Lauren Roney
    Samantha Carter
    Amy Harre Cross
    Maria Damico Marrs
    Katie Jordan Severson
    Renee Mueller Dudley
    Kelly Creek Baltz
    Haley Viefhaus Karayiannis
    Adie Viefhaus Smith
    Head coach Kerri Blaylock
    Assistant coach Skip Cosgrove



    Assistant coach Buddy Foster, now an assistant at SIU Edwardsville, will be unable to attend due to obligations coaching the Cougars while team members Christina Andrews and Tara Glasco Archibald are also unable to attend.

    The 2003 Salukis went 39-14 overall and 18-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference, earning the MVC's first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Southern posted three wins over three ranked opponents in 2003, including No. 22 Alabama, No. 6 Nebraska and No. 17 Stanford.

    SIU went 3-2 at the NCAA Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala., posting two wins over UMass and a win over the No. 17-ranked Cardinal to finish as SIU's first-ever Sweet 16 team. The Salukis finished at No. 22 in the final NFCA rankings and No. 23 in the final Softball poll.

    The 2003 season began a string of five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for Saluki Softball.