Women making history…that’s what the members of the 2012 Marist softball team were a part of that season. They brought home the first IHSA state title for a girls’ team at Marist.
Having gone coed in 2002, Marist sponsored its first softball season in the spring of 2003. In a less than decade, Coach Denise Fasano Bromberek, a Marist Hall of Fame member herself, built an incredible program garnering more and more success each season.
The 2012 season was not a straight shot to the finals though. The team had faced 15 losses, and after a tough one against Lockport on May 10, the girls gathered in the school chapel and set goals for the rest of the season. They did not lose another game. They went on a 12-game winning streak led by the seniors.
Marist was the No. 6 seed in the sectional, and despite late-season success, no expected them to go all the way. But one game at a time they made their way. They defeated T.F. South and Lincoln-Way East to win the regional. They picked up wins against Sandburg and McAuley in the sectional and beat Trinity in the super-sectional. At state, they won over Elk Grove in the semifinal and finished with a big 5-0 win over Bartlett High School in the championship game.
Members of the team credit their chemistry on and off the field and their willingness to work through the obstacles together. They finished with a 27-15 record. Six players earned combinations of all-conference, all-area, and all-state honors. Seven of the team members went on to play for college programs and five players are in the Marist record books for season and career stats.
“That team was an exceptionally bright and hardworking group, who pushed each other to be the best versions of themselves,” Bromberek said. “These girls genuinely loved each other and the game of softball. They were so humble and kind, and they did not know how talented they truly were.”
The team members’ work ethic on the field has translated into the real world, as they now serve the community as teachers, police officers, nurses, and other worthy professions.
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