LINCOLN – One high school has won 30 softball games this season.
The other has 32 wins during the past two years.
BLOOMINGTON – There always has been – and always will be – frustration and disappointment when an athletic team loses its final game of a season.
Whether it's in the first game of the regional or the championship game at state, the pervasive desire is always to have gone one step further.
COLFAX – If his own team couldn't win a sectional title, Blue Ridge coach Myron Schroeder was glad to see Tri-Valley do it.
Schroeder coached several of the current Tri-Valley players in junior high or when he was in charge of Tri-Valley's JV before taking over the Blue Ridge program.
CHAMPAIGN – Experience usually is needed to win big games. Danville, however, didn't need much of it in Saturday's 3A regional championship game at Centennial High School.
The Vikings, using three freshman starters and two other first-year varsity players, defeated Rantoul 11-8 to advance to their first sectional since 2000.
MOWEAQUA – Last year, Tuscola's softball team took the road less traveled in a season that ended with a super-sectional loss.
This year, the journey back to the super-sectional has required a different path.
COLFAX – Whether pitching or batting, Ashley Elliott hit her spots Thursday.
The Blue Ridge senior was instrumental in the Knights winning their first sectional game in softball and advancing to the Sweet 16 in Class 1A.
VILLA GROVE – When Tuscola softball won its first regional title in 2007, seniors Alyssa Gordon and Brandi Eaton were not on the team.
Gordon took the season off to give track and field a try, while Eaton was busy playing for a club team.
CATLIN – There's no doubting the value of the contributions from the Thomases this spring for Arcola's varsity softball team.
Sisters Taylor and Mackenzie Thomas, who play on opposite corners of the infield, are two of the Purple Riders' six .300 hitters.
Take a look at the varsity rosters making up area baseball and softball teams and you'll notice the majority of the athletes are juniors or seniors.
A handful of sophomores make the cut and even fewer freshmen. That's because the maturity and physical skill it takes to compete on the highest level of high school athletics is too daunting for most 14- and 15-year-olds.
TUSCOLA – Alyssa Gordon is Tuscola High School's softball Comeback of the Year candidate.
The senior third baseman came back to the sport this spring after a year off to try pole vaulting with the track and field team.