Sep 042012

By Sam Conner
Winslow High School has hired Kelli Fifelski as its new softball coach, replacing Becky Barris, who resigned the post.
Barris left after her Lady Bulldogs finished second in the state tournament last season. She was one of the most suc-cessful coaches in the state, having won state championships and having teams that were perennial championship con-tenders.
The school held a reception for Fifelski last week so she could meet Winslow citizens and supporters.
Coach Fifelski is new to the district as a second grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School. She played travel softball, high school softball and college softball at Hillsdale College in Michigan, where she received All Academic and All Region honors in a Division 2 setting.
She continued to be the assistant softball coach at Hillsdale College and then became an assistant softball coach at Yuma High School, where she served as a teacher in the district.
Fifelski inherits a team that has a wealth of veteran players who have won most of their games and are used to being Arizona State Championship contenders. Winslow has produced a number of players who have gone on to play college and community college softball with success. Among the more notable Winslow players who played under the retired Coach Barris are Erica Armenta, who started at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Gabby Stacey, who is playing at Southern Utah.

Photo courtesy of Winslow High School
New Winslow High School softball coach Kelli Fifelski was introduced to the community at a reception last week.