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May 4, 2010

Familiar story at Brooks

If Brooks softball coach Andrea Heinze has a fondness for Windham, N.H., it's certainly understandable.

Several years ago, she was blessed to have Windham's Chelsey Feole, a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star infielder who was the Independent School League MVP as a senior while leading the 2006 Brooks team to a 16-2 record and the Big East Tournament title.

Now, Heinze is pleased to have junior Andie Missert, also from Windham and also a talented and versatile infielder for the Green and White.

Missert, who is batting .500 with 12 runs scored, hit .356 last year and scored 24 runs, showing the same kind of ability to circle the bases. Also, like Feole, she has great leadership skills as a rare junior captain and she's extremely versatile.

A natural shortstop, Missert played catcher for Brooks as a freshman when Heinze found herself lacking at that position. She moved back to shortstop last year and began this year in the middle of the infield before temporarily shifting back behind the plate when Andover's Jackie DiTroia injured her ankle.

"She's the type of player you can put wherever you need her," said Heinze. "She's a great competitor who knows the game. If we had eight (players) like her, we'd be all set."

Missert is only too happy to fill in as needed, but she is not hesitant when asked her favorite position.

"I really enjoy playing shortstop," said Missert. "I like to direct the field, pretty much be in charge of what's going on."

Like Feole, Missert developed her softball skills in Windham with future Salem High standouts. But unlike Feole, who started at Salem High before transferring, she was never tempted to join the powerhouse Blue Devils.

"I have a lot of friends on the Salem softball team, but Brooks was always the place I wanted to be," said Missert. "I was introduced to it by my brother (Derek, a 2006 grad and standout hockey goalie), but I came to love it by myself. I met and liked coach Heinze and I really liked everything about the school."

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