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Jody Gifford Markwart

One of the winningest female athletes ever at Bay City Central, she rose to superstar status with the Ferris State University softball program. A two-time All-American and three-time all-Great Lakes Region first teamer, she led the Bulldogs to back-to-back World Series berths, including a third-place finish in 1998. The 1999 graduate rewrote the Ferris record book and still owns program highs with a .373 average, 277 hits, 193 RBIs, 19 triples and 31 home runs.

The two-time academic all-GLIAC honoree is now a teacher and varsity softball coach at Lapeer High School. As a prep star, she sparked Central to stunning success on the softball field and basketball court. She led the 1995 softball team to the state semifinals with a 37-4 record while earning all-Saginaw Valley League and all-state honors. She led the basketball team to a 45-4 record and two district titles in her final two varsity seasons.


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