20TH NEWS-GAZETTE ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM
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News-Gazette Top 10
Each week, The News-Gazette ranks the top 10 teams in a spring sport. This week's topic: final area softball
CHAMPAIGN – There is no better illustration of the adage about not judging a book by its cover than to look at Monica Rondon.
The book in her case is Champaign Central softball, the team Rondon played for this spring as a high school junior. By any standards, the season was not a success. The Maroons finished with five wins in 28 games.
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LINCOLN – Throughout the season – and again Friday – Rantoul High School softball players made the sacrifices necessary to be successful.
When the team was struggling to stay above .500 a month ago (11-10 record), Paige Harms shifted from the infield to center field to solidify the defense.
4 p.m. Friday — Olympia vs. Watseka. To date, Watseka's top state finish in any sport is third by 1974-75 basketball team, but baseball has 15-game winning streak.
URBANA – In the end, Blue Ridge softball players recognized they were part of a new beginning.
"I can't wait to watch them next year," Danita Deffenbaugh said. "We fielded a great young team with so much talent."
RANTOUL – On a day where runs were scarce, up-and-coming Rantoul relied on its not-so-secret weapon, Hanna Mennenga, to carry the Eagles to their first regional championship since 1998.
The junior pitcher struck out 16 Danville batters, including all three she faced in the seventh inning, to secure a 1-0 victory for the Eagles at Wabash Park.