Two Softball Recruits Sign Letters of Intent

Olivia Weinberg and Emily Kuehl sign with Blue Knights

Olivia Weinberg, a senior at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and Emily Kuehl, a senior at Bloomer High School in Bloomer, Wisconsin, have signed national letters of intent to play NJCAA Division II softball at Dakota County Technical College. Emily and Olivia will be starting classes at DCTC fall semester 2021.

Both young women have exceptional experience playing softball at the high school and club levels. Both became starters on their high school varsity teams as ninth graders—Olivia (3B, OF) playing for the Eastview Lightning, Emily (P, 1B) for the Bloomer Blackhawks.

Emily currently plays for the Central Wisconsin Voodoo on the 18U roster. Olivia currently plays for the Minnesota Magic on the 18U Gold Roster.

Head Softball Coach Tom Cross is proud to welcome Emily and Olivia to the Blue Knights.

“I couldn’t be more excited about these two players joining our program,” Coach Cross said. “They add to an already solid class of earlier signings.”

Olivia Weinberg

Olivia Weinberg and family

Coach Cross: Olivia Weinberg is a very talented athlete that can play anywhere. Olivia’s primary position is third base, but she can play all the infield positions along with outfield. She has been an All-Section and All-South Suburban Conference player. She plays infield and outfield for the Minnesota Magic, one of the top club teams in the state.

  • Parents: Paul and Stephanie Weinberg
  • Eastview Lightning Coach: Sydney Dwyer
  • Minnesota Magic Coach: Laura Heise
  • Academic Interest: Completing generals for pre-med track

Emily Kuehl

Emily Kuehl with parents

Coach Cross: Emily Kuehl is a power pitcher who also plays first base. Emily’s accolades are many: she has been All-Heart O’ North Conference, All-District and All-State.  She has exceeded 60 mph on multiple pitches. Emily’s high school career record is 29–7 . She pitches and plays first base for the Central Wisconsin Voodoo.

  • Parents: Todd and Bobbie Kuehl
  • Bloomer Blackhawks Coach: Keith Poirier
  • Central Wisconsin Voodoo Coach: Kevin Brown
  • Academic Interest: Individualized Studies

More about Blue Knights softball at DCTC…

The Blue Knights softball team competes at the NJCAA DII level in Region 13, which includes teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, Upper Michigan Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. The Knights play their home games at the UMore Softball Fields in Rosemount, Minnesota.

Softball Head Coach Tom Cross

Head Coach Tom Cross

Tom Cross took over as head coach of the Blue Knights softball team in 2011. Cross has more than 25 years of experience as a head coach at the college level. His teams have won more than 400 games, including conference, regional and district championships. Highlights include an appearance in an NAIA national tournament.

The Blue Knights won the 2013 NJCAA Region 13 Championship. That same year, Cross was named Region 13 Coach of the Year. The Blue Knights turned in back-to-back, 21-win seasons in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 and 2016, the team was Region 13 runner-up.

Tom Cross has coached nearly 30 All-Region players at DCTC as well as the program’s first NJCAA All-American in softball, Amanda Orrell in 2014.

Learn more about Head Coach Tom Cross by reading “Tom Cross Enters STA Athletic Hall of Fame” on DCTC News.

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