Preps year in review


In her words

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.

By the letter, it's Monticello

 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.

Sunday Conversation: John Woods

Where do you think the Central athletic facilities rank in the Big 12?

All-Area Softball COY: Monticello's Courtney Hoffman

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.

All-Area Softball POY: Monticello's Chrissy Gadbury

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.

But noooooo.

Practice at the nearby ball diamond in her small, rural Piatt County town was on the docket.

All-Area Softball: Meet the first team

Taylor Edwards
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.

Introducing: '14 All-Area Softball Player of the Year

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.

Sages volleyball drops down in class

NORMAL — Area schools experienced some of the ups and downs of sports this week.

Not all of the movement was equal.

Fred Kroner: Nicknames don't bother ex-Redskin

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).

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