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Prep softball: Spartans’ Emma Raye reopens recruiting process

The 2022 News Tribune and Telegram All-Area Player of the Year announced she is reopening her recruiting process after committing to Wisconsin late last year.

Superior catcher Emma Raye (27) is backed up by teammate Melania Luostari (33) as she guns out Cloquet’s Roena Diver (1)
Superior catcher Emma Raye (27) is backed up by teammate Melania Luostari (33) as she guns out Cloquet’s Roena Diver (1) after fielding a bunt in the first inning of the game at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Monday afternoon, April 11.
Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — Superior’s Emma Raye announced this week that she is again looking at different schools to play softball when she graduates next spring.

Superior’s Emma Raye
Superior’s Emma Raye
Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram

Raye, the 2022 Wisconsin Division 1 Player of the Year, announced she had committed to play softball for the Wisconsin Badgers in December, but Tuesday she tweeted she wanted to look at other options for where she will play in college.

Raye said she was thankful for the offer from Wisconsin, but she said it was in her “best interest to explore different opportunities” and reopen her recruiting process.

Raye, also the News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year and a two-time Superior Telegram All-Area Player of the Year , helped guide Superior to the Wisconsin Division 1 state semifinal in June. She led the Spartans with a .506 batting average with six home runs, 24 RBIs and 33 runs scored.

Perhaps just as impressive was her play behind home plate. As the Spartans’ catcher, she had just three errors in 182 chances and she picked off nine runners last season forcing opposing teams to change tactics on the base paths.

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The Spartans junior led her team to its first victory in the Wisconsin state tournament since 1978.

Even Kaukauna — the team that topped Superior in the state semifinal — was forced to change strategies because of Raye. The Galloping Ghosts have won 51 straight games and the last two Wisconsin Division 1 championships and were prepared for the strength of Raye’s arm, but she was still able to throw out a runner on base during the 10-0 win for Kaukauna.

“She was tremendous, she’s got a cannon for an arm, a quick release,” Kaukauna coach Tim Roehrig said in an interview in June. “All the things you’d want in a really good catcher, she’s got them all.”

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