Softball

Softball

Home Run Derby: Going yard

We asked several area sluggers to give us their picks on who will take home the title of best home run hitter at tonight's MLB Home Run Derby in Miami:

Max Quirk

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.

NG athletes of the year: Andrea Coursey and Jake Beesley

St. Joseph-Ogden's Andrea Coursey and Champaign Central's Jake Beesley are The News-Gazette's senior athletes of the year.

Female Athlete of the Year: Andrea Coursey

Reflecting on my four years at SJ-O, it honestly all seems like a blur. Those four years went so fast, and looking back, I wish I would have taken more time to appreciate the memories that I made while they were happening. I am so fortunate that I got the amazing opportunity to play sports throughout my high school career and would not have traded it for anything.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

All-Area softball teams

All-Area first team

Athlete School Year Pos.

Natalie Bates Tuscola Soph. OF

Megan Burton Danville Sr. SS

Reagan Cheely Villa Grove/Heritage Fr. SS

Andrea Coursey St. Joseph-Ogden Sr. 3B

Morgan Day Tuscola Sr. P/OF

Bailey Dowling St. Joseph-Ogden Fr. SS

Hannah Dukeman St. Joseph-Ogden Fr. C

Meet the All-Area softball first team

Natalie Bates

Tuscola

Why she made the team: The sophomore outfielder helped set the table for the rest of the Warriors' potent lineup, hitting .470 with 23 RBI and 39 stolen bases for the Class 2A regional finalists.

All-conference 2017 softball teams

Big 12 All-Conference

FIRST TEAM

SENIORS- x-Megan Burton, Danville; x-Dallas Caldwell, Central; Madison Frost, Bloomington; Megan Kemp, Peoria Notre Dame; x-Anna McCaughey, Peoria Notre Dame; x-Alex Perez, Normal Community; Amanda Rogers, Normal West; x-Rachel Wallis, Danville.

2017 News-Gazette All Area Softball Team

The 2017 News-Gazette all area softaball first team at Eichelberger Field in Champaign.