Randy Wolken moved closer to 1,000 career wins with St. Joseph-Ogden softball’s 9-4 triumph at Mattoon on Monday, his 998th while leading the Spartans. Before SJ-O plays at Unity on Tuesday, a look at five ex-area coaches who shined at their respective schools:
RANTOUL — On March 13, Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio and the board of education were set to make a special announcement at that night's school board meeting. But they wanted it to be a surprise.
When Amerio created the meeting's minutes, he purposely left an important piece of information off board member Roger Quinlan's sheet of paper.
RIVERSIDE — It doesn’t matter where Dana Rettke is. Someone is bound to ask the Riverside-Brookfield senior to stop and take a photo.
After matches. Downtown in Chicago. Anywhere really.
NAME SCHOOL YR. HT. POS. COMMENT
Brooke Bachmann Minooka Sr. 5-10 S Setter had several strong hitters, totaling 993 assists to go with 180 digs, 26 aces.
(Minimum 2.00 average)
Player, School Kills Avg.
Kylie Michael, SJ-O 397 5.67
Emily Duis, Milford 317 5.37
Katie Kidwell, Watseka 379 4.26
SENIORS — x-Briana Bush (Bloomington); x-Ezri Edwards (Bloomington); Carly Goben (Normal West); x-Rachel Maguire (Normal Community); x-Mary O’Brien (Peoria Notre Dame); x-Jamie Rys (Normal West); Bridget Schuler (Peoria Notre Dame); Kendall Sosa (Normal Community); x-Taya Westfield (Champaign Central)
ST. JOSEPH — Kylie Michael’s goals stood right in front of her throughout her final high school volleyball season.
Michael was unable to forget about her long list of accomplishments still to finish as the season wound down, staring at them every morning before and every day after school