In the state of South Dakota, you are unable to play school sports if you are homeschooled.  (not the case in 20 other states)

Since that is the case, it is rare that those homeschooled athletes in states such as South Dakota get individual publicity for their achievements in the world of sports because typically it occurs in the AAU or "travel team" circuit.

Sometimes though, your achievements are so recognizable that its hard for people to not start to notice.

Sioux Falls resident, Sarah Genz, class of 2017 is a prime example of that.

She has excelled at softball for a while, being a part of the Sioux Falls Diamonds organization for a couple of years and now shining with the Minnesota Renegades out of the Twin Cities.

On a recent visit to Notre Dame, she verbally committed to play softball for the Irish and plans to enroll in 2017 and take her talents from South Dakota to South Bend.

Notre Dame went 41-13 last season and battled valiantly to the end of its season, setting program records with a .357 batting average, 533 hits and 107 doubles.

The Irish made it to their 16th straight appearance (19th overall) in an NCAA Regional and  also reached the 40-win plateau for the 16th time.

* some information gathered from und.com.

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