TEAMS OF THE YEAR
High school sports have impacted my life in many different ways. Being a captain in softball and basketball has led me to become a leader in every aspect of my life.
MONTICELLO — The leaderboard is changing thanks to Monticello’s fast-charging Sages.
A year ago, the Piatt County school wasn’t among the top 10 in The News-Gazette’s end-of-the-school-year list of all-sports area leaders.
This year, Monticello is No. 1.
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Why she’s Coach of the Year: Led the Sages to a record-setting season that included a third-place finish in Class 2A, the first time the program brought home a team trophy from state.
WHITE HEATH — She would walk through the house, mad and annoyed.
Chrissy Gadbury wanted to go swimming. Maybe see her friends. Shop for a few hours. Eat some custard.
Practice at the nearby ball diamond in her small, rural Piatt County town was on the docket.
Arcola, Jr., outfielder
The numbers: Repeat choice was fifth among pitchers in strikeouts (170) and tied for ninth in homers (seven). Leadoff hitter batted .500 and pitched 111 innings. Baylor among colleges showing interest.
Her postseason heroics, powerful arm and bat and her leadership skills are among the reasons Monticello's Chrissy Gadbury was an easy pick for N-G All-Area Player of the Year. She led the Sages to a third-place state finish.
NORMAL — Area schools experienced some of the ups and downs of sports this week.
Not all of the movement was equal.
Becky Clayton Anderson played high school basketball for a team called the Redskins (Sullivan).
In the fall, she’ll have a daughter entering high school where the team nickname is the Braves (Mount Zion).