2017-18 Prep Year in Review


1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.

2018 N-G All-Area softball | Meet the first team

Reagan Cheely

Villa Grove, So., P/SS

All-Conference, All-County Teams | 2018 softball

Big 12 All-Conference


Modesty all part of the game for SJ-O's Dowling

ST. JOSEPH — Bailey Dowling is described in many ways when it comes to softball. Among the most-common phrases is the word "humble."

For confirmation of this, look no further than earlier this week.

Final area softball leaders: June 17, 2018

Batting Averages (35 AB)

Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Cm. Newbanks, A-O 97 22 65 55 .670

Dowling, SJ-O 102 67 67 68 .657

Knudsen, Unity 107 43 68 23 .636

K. Smith, LeRoy 116 51 73 62 .629

Dietzen, Schlmn 60 26 36 38 .600

Izard, SJ-O 115 47 65 32 .565

Pence, SJ-O 127 60 71 13 .559

2018 N-G All-Area Softball Team

A photo collection of The News-Gazette's 29th annual softball All-Area First Team.

N-G exclusive: Wolken steps down at SJ-O

ST. JOSEPH — The decision did not come lightly.

Or quickly.

But Randy Wolken didn’t waver.

Dowling wins prestigious honor

ST. JOSEPH — The individual numbers Bailey Dowling put up this spring on the softball diamond this spring for St. Joseph-Ogden stood out.

So much that the SJ-O sophomore earned the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, announced on Monday.

Dowling, an Alabama commit, hit .657 with 21 home runs and 70 RBI, following up an impressive freshman season.

Prep pulse: June 4, 2018

When Tuscola senior Cale Sementi induced a seventh-inning flyout from Herscher junior Reece Harrod in Saturday's Class 2A state baseball third-place game, the 2017-18 high school sports campaign ended for The News-Gazette's coverage area.