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.

Can't wait for more? Circle these 10 dates on next season's preps calendar

Aug. 24, 2018

Friday night lights. Marching bands. Student sections. Pork chop sandwiches. That's right, the high school football season kicks off this night. Defending Class 2A state champion Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley opens at Ford County rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda, one of many marquee games set for the next nine weeks.

Bombers cap season with third-place trophy

EAST PEORIA — The experience proved more than what Bailey Benton, Tatiana Garcia, Lydia Hays, Mikayla Kirkland, Maggie Millington and Amanda Peterson could have imagined.

In a good way.

LIVE! Tuscola baseball at state

Spring Valley Hall 2, Tuscola 1, FINAL

Tuscola baseball won't get the opportunity to play for a state championship on Saturday.

Bumpy fourth inning hampers Bombers

EAST PEORIA — Walk. Bunt. Bunt. Bunt. Bunt. Infield single. Home run.

That seven-batter sequence by Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg in Friday's Class 1A state softball semifinals established a mountain too big for Argenta-Oreana to climb in its first appearance at EastSide Centre.