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Tinley Park softball coach Wendy Podbielniak (center, standing) poses with a few of her seniors during a college signing ceremony at the school. She is retiring as a coach to work with her family’s business. Joining her in the photo is (seated from left), Amelia Bresnahan. Jules Gomez and Ashley Kennedy plus Grace Piotrowski (standing, left) and Emily Gorski. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor
8:44 pm CDT March 15, 2020

Wendy Podbielniak had a variety of colleges she could have gone to in 1993 to play softball.

The Mother McAuley star stayed in the area for family reasons and attended St. Xavier University.

“My father [Frank] was ill my senior year in high school,” she said. “I didn’t want to go away. But everything happens for a reason and I am happy I went to St. Xavier. Those players are like sisters to me.”

The family is calling again.