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Riptide To Suspend Play In 2009

February 6, 2009 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

Lowell, Ma.-The New England Riptide, one of six teams in the National Pro Fastptich women's pro softball league, announced today that the team will take the 2009 season off, in preparation to return to play in 2010. Riptide management cites economic factors in the decision to sit the year out, and plans to work toward developing a larger fan base and reorganizing its structure.

The New England Riptide has played in Lowell for five years, and won the national Cowles Cup championship in 2006. Coaches for the Riptide have included the legendary Ralph Raymond, gold medal winning Olympic coach in 1996 and 2000, as well as Sharon Drysdale, 25-year coach at Northwestern University.

Players in the NPF are college graduates and include national collegiate champions and Olympians such as pitchers Jennie Finch and Cat Osterman.

The Riptide will keep the public updated on its on-going plans through the team website

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