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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Allison Dziadula excels at softball

  • Playing sports can be more than a game. It can teach all kinds of skills that don’t have anything to do with balls or bats.

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  • Playing sports can be more than a game. It can teach all kinds of skills that don’t have anything to do with balls or bats.
    That’s been the case for Allison Ann “Ally” Dziadula and softball.
    “I’ve been playing it forever, since I could walk,” she said in a telephone interview from her home in Broken Arrow, Okla. “Well, probably I started when I was about 6.”
    She is the daughter of Mark and Lori Dziadula, Broken Arrow, Okla. Her father is a 1985 Girard High School graduate and her mother, the former Lori Ann Smith, is a 1984 Pittsburg High School graduate. Both graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1989.
    “We get up there three or four times a year, more in the summer,” Dziadula said. “We still have a lot of family in Girard and Pittsburg.”
    That includes grandparents Gary and Erma Dziadula, Girard, and Francis and Madeline Smith, Pittsburg.
    Dziadula is now a senior at Union High School and a proud member of the Union Lady Redskins, the 2011 6A State Championship team. A three-year started at Union at shortstop, she also helped lead her team to the 2009 state championship as a sophomore. She was also a starter on the 2010 Slow-pitch State Championship team at Union High.
    Dziadula, who has also played on traveling teams, has been named to the Oklahoma Fast Pitch Softball Coaches Association All-State Team and will play in the all-star contest June 9 at the University of Oklahoma. With her will be team mates Nicole Brady, pitcher, and Lauren Reeves, utility.
    Her other honors include being a three-time All-Conference pick and a two-time Tulsa World All-Metro selection.
    This fall has been an especially good time for her. Dziadula hit .496 during the recently completed season with a 1.19 earned run average and 100 strikeouts in the circle while also batting .479. To top it off, on Nov. 14 Dziadula and Nicole Brady signed letters of intent with the University of Central Oklahoma at Edmond.
    “We’re really excited about having Ally and Nicole join our program and look forward to having them next year,” said Genny Stidham, Central Oklahoma softball coach who has led the Bronchos to five NCAA Division II national tournament berths. “They’re both outstanding players who know the game and they’ve got a chance to step in and help right away next year.”
    “It’s relieving when you know you’re actually going there,” Dziadula said of her early signing.
    She’s not certain of her career path yet, or whether it will involve pro sports.
    “We’ll see,” Dziadula said. “Whatever happens, happens.”
    She is sure, however, that her time in softball has been very well spent and will serve her well in the years to come.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Playing sports teaches you to work together with people, even people you might not like that much, because you still have to work together to reach your goal,” Dziadula said. “Pretty much everything you need to get ready for life, playing sports teaches you. You don’t even realize it until you get into the real world.”

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