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April 8, 2001 – Going undefeated in four games, the Tigers of St. Croix' s Good Hope School emerged the champions of the fifth annual Ruby Rutnik Memorial Softball Tournament, held over the weekend at the Winston Wells Ballpark on St. John.
"Our team came in here to raise the level of our own play, and we did," Tigers coach Janna Lee said. "The competition was fierce, and all teams played well."
Second place in the tournament, which began Friday and ended Sunday, went to the Antilles School Hurricanes, whose only loss was to the Tigers.
"Every year St. Croix fields excellent teams," Antilles coach Dennis Murphy said. "It allows our players to compete against a higher caliber, which is to our benefit."
Finishing third were the Lady Caribs of St. Croix's Central High School, who lost out to the Hurricanes in the final playoff game.
The Tigers will receive a trophy and $500 in cash for their victory.
The tournament was begun in 1996 in tribute to Ruby Rutnik, an outstanding softball player for Antilles School in the early 1990s. In 1995, while a student at American University, she was killed in a car accident. Proceeds from the event fund college scholarships for young women on St. John.
"The tournament has grown every year, due in part to unselfish community support, excellent competition and dedicated sponsors," Ruby's father, Andrew Rutnik, said.

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