The Covington News - - SPORTS -

The DSA Stars rooted from a vi­sion im­ple­mented by Gregg Cowan. Cowan, along with Standard opened up Di­a­mond Sports Acad­emy – a fully func­tional train­ing fa­cil­ity lo­cated in Cov­ing­ton which con­sists of hit­ting, pitch­ing, catch­ing and field­ing train­ing for base­ball and soft­ball, as well as strength train­ing and ex­po­sure camps, in the back of Cowan’s busi­ness of­fice and thus the DSA Stars were born.

It doesn’t though.

Any­one fa­mil­iar with the world of travel soft­ball knows just how ex­pen­sive it can get. The DSA stars have put an em­pha­sis on mak­ing play­ing for their pro­gram highly af­ford­able. Standard and Stacey McDon­ald, whom he con­sid­ers his co­man­ager, has been in­stru­men­tal in this process.

“Nu­mer­ous hours each week are spent or­ga­niz­ing fundrais­ers, sched­ules, etc. and each year have been for­tu­nate enough to of­fer fam­i­lies a 100% funded op­por­tu­nity through spon­sor­ships and too many fundrais­ers to name,” he says.

“If you make it af­ford­able, folks sure are more happy and apt to abide.”

Ver­sa­til­ity, to­geth­er­ness, as well as a con­stantly grow­ing sense of men­tal tough­ness have all been vi­tal in the DSA Stars 12u fast pitch soft­ball team not only on, but off the field. Through­out all the in­juries en­coun­tered, close games, and some­times play­ing at the 14u level, the 12u Stars have dis­played un­wa­ver­ing per­sis­tence as they con­tinue to pre­vail and build their mo­men­tum through­out the sea­son.

The DSA Stars will look to ride this wave of mo­men­tum straight into Myr­tle Beach, SC as they par­tic­i­pate in the stop there, Jen­nie Finch Ex­pe­ri­ence at the Rip­ken Com­plex at the end of July. Standard and his team looks for­ward to com­pet­ing, hav­ing fun as well as hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to meet ar­guably the most fa­mous soft­ball player in Finch.

“We re­al­ize the days of high school ball and be- yond for some are on the hori­zon, but I’ve learned to do the best to cre­ate mem­o­ries while we can,” Standard said.

“I ap­plaud not only our sup­port­ers, but also any player or par­ent out there who ded­i­cates them­selves on a daily ba­sis to the kids (who) our fu­ture!”

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