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Beaupre, Youngberg among state’s finest softball seniors

As rare as it may seem, Cloquet's Chandler Beaupre and Moose Lake-Willow River's Andrea Youngberg never faced each other on the softball diamond this spring.

That may change this weekend, when the pair of seniors take part in the 26th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Girls Softball Series Sunday at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minn.

Beaupre and Youngberg are two of 72 seniors selected statewide from 6,000-plus high school softball players in Minnesota to play on six teams this weekend.

Beaupre, a strong right-handed pitcher with well-over 200 career strikeouts, led the Lumberjacks to the state tournament in 2012 and was a two-year captain over her four-year varsity career. Attending Sunday's event with her parents, it will be Beaupre’s last high school action before playing at St. Olaf College next year.

"I'm excited, I don't know how else to put it," the 19-year-old said Monday.

Youngberg meanwhile, an 18-year-old Moose Lake third baseman who has hit (left-handed) a multitude of home runs over her five-year varsity career, is humbled by the opportunity to play among some of the state's most premier talent.

"It's been a while since someone from up here has gotten the chance to go down there," Youngberg said. "Just for me and Chandler to go shows that people from in this area can play. We get to go show what we can do. It's just a big honor."

While Beaupre is on the Thunder team in this weekend’s event, Youngberg is on the Ice.

"I don't know the game schedule yet, but I'm hoping I get to face her," said Youngberg, who has played alongside Beaupre in summers past and is friends with her. "Those kids down there know each other, so for us, to play against each other, it will be our own little fun from up here."