Player of the Year: Illini West standout Dooley develops into imposing offensive threat
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Player of the Year: Illini West standout Dooley develops into imposing offensive threat

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Her eyes twinkle just a little more. Her smile widens just a little more. Her nervous energy makes her body bounce just a little more. Get Daytona Dooley talking about softball and the passion can't be contained. "She loves the game...

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2019 All-area softball first-team capsules

Carli Scifres, Highland Catcher º Senior The Class 2 first-team all-state backstop was the Cougars' backbone defensively. She committed just two errors in 202 chances, while throwing out 7 of 16 would-be base stealers. Offensively, Scifres set the Highlan

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2019 All-area softball first team, second team, honorable mention

First team Carli Scifres, C, Sr., Highland Sidney Miller, 1B, Sr., Knox County Lauren Youngblood, 2B, Jr., Monroe City Riley Epperson, SS/C, Sr., Payson Seymour Tadym Mason, SS, Sr., Knox County Daytona Dooley, SS/OF, Sr., Illini West Ali Bliss, OF, Sr.,

Coach of the Year: Shifting gears leads Eagles' Short to 'dream come true'
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Coach of the Year: Shifting gears leads Eagles' Short to 'dream come true'

EDINA, Mo. -- The nights grew long. Zach Short's move to Knox County and the start of his teaching career coincided with finishing his work on a master's degree in education. An assistant boys basketball coach at the time, Short traveled with the Eagles...

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Turks snuff out Raiders' rally, win sectional semifinal

BRIMFIELD, Ill. -- The situation was ripe for a rally. The Quincy Notre Dame softball team just couldn't get the hit needed to sustain it. Trailing Tremont by three runs in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday in the Class 2A Brimfield Sectional...

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Indians run into buzzsaw in sectional semifinals

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- The Calhoun softball team's pitching has been consistently dominant in the postseason in recent years. Sydney Baalman is simply the latest to mow teams down. Baalman threw a five-hit shutout while striking out 16 in a 7-0 victory...

Blue Devils rocked by reigning champs to open regionals
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Blue Devils rocked by reigning champs to open regionals

EAST MOLINE, Ill. -- The Rock Island softball team were pronounced ready to go for its state title defense. Rock Island announced that by sending 14 batters to the plate in an 11-run first inning on the way to a 16-1 four-inning victory over Quincy High Sc

Raiders show grit, capture first regional title since 2016
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Raiders show grit, capture first regional title since 2016

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Quincy Notre Dame softball coach Eric Orne may have been the person most excited about winning a regional title. After QND third baseman Kegan Wall fired the ball across the infield to first baseman Katie Cowan to win...

Regional title enhances Indians' celebration
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Regional title enhances Indians' celebration

PAYSON, Ill. -- The fact graduation loomed this weekend had the seniors on the Payson Seymour softball team in a relatively good mood. It became a party mood Friday night. For the first time since 2012, the Indians won a regional championship...

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Mustangs upset in regional championship

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- The Unity softball team faced a manageable deficit after four innings. It was too much to make up after the fifth inning. Jacksonville Routt used a five-run frame to turn a two-run advantage into a seven-run cushion on the way to up