Over the past twenty years, Tara Tigner has established herself as one of Midland County’s all-time great softball players at the high school, collegiate, and recreational levels. She began her softball career at Coleman High School (1993-1996), leading the Comets to four Jack Pine Conference championships, three district championships and three regional championships. Individually Tigner was named All-Jack Pine Conference and All-District all four years, while earning All-Region honors three times. As a senior in 1996 she capped her brilliant high school softball career by being named All-State and to the Midland Daily News Dream Team. In addition to her brilliance on the diamond, Tigner helps the Comet basketball team to conference and district championships in 1994.
Tigner then went on to have one of the most productive softball careers in the history of Northwood University. From 1997-2000, Tigner was a two-time captain and part of the program’s winningest stretches. Tigner’s name still appears in the season and career leader lists 16 times in Northwood’s record books. She ranks first in school history with runs (150), second in hits (210) and doubles (39), and third in games played (203), home runs (16), stolen bases (52), and total bases (320). While at Northwood Tigner was also a two-time All-GLIAC honoree. Her career was capped by being inducted into the Northwood University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Through her softball career Tigner has been able to travel all over the world to play. In the summer of 1997, Tigner played for two weeks in The Netherlands for a USA travel team. In 2002, Tigner was asked to participate in the Olympic tryouts in Chula Vista, California. Tigner continues to play ASA softball in Midland, where she has won state championship titles in both Women’s slow pitch and co-ed competitions.