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2013 Softball season preview info capsules

Amboy Clippers

Coach: Kelly Whitman (6th year)

2012: 28-4 (12-2 Three Rivers)

Postseason: Lost 2-0 to Milledgeville in 1A Eastland Sectional final


1Kelsie ThurmanJr.2B/OF

2Destinee OenesJr.3B/P

3Lauren AkreSr.P/OF

7Kaitlyn ApplemanSr.C/OF

8Koren PertellJr.OF/IF

9Brooke LovgrenSr.1B/IF

10Cassey DoegeSr.SS/P

12Katie NorrisSr.OF/1B

13Julia SetchellJr.OF

14Madeline ElySo.IF/OF

20June GutierrezSr.OF

21Micaela McCoyJr.IF/OF

22Hannah McCoyJr.IF/OF

44Kaitlyn LiebingSo.C/IF

Outlook: The Clippers suffered a few key losses, but with seven starters returning from last year's Sweet 16 team, they are looking to pick up in 2013 right where they left off in 2012.

AFC Raiders

Coach: Jan Cupp (5th year)

2012: 9-15 (4-10 NUIC East)

Postseason: Lost 10-2 to Amboy in 1A Indian Creek Regional final


2Sarah MatsonSr.IF/OF

3Kenzie WolfFr.P

4Kayla ColwellJr.IF/OF

5Lea KoningJr.IF/OF

7Marissa SanfordSo.P

8Marissa AsburyJr.OF/IF

10Alyx MillerJr.IF

11Cassidy KoningFr.P

14AnnaMarie BartlettFr.IF/OF

17Rebecca NelsonFr.IF

18Brooke SmithJr.IF/OF

20Lauren MeurerSo.C

21Hope FridaySo.IF

23Alyssa PiperSo.IF

25Molly UphoffSr.OF

26Carlee HargisFr.P

27Bekki MatsonSo.OF

29Samantha MillerSo.IF

Outlook: The Raiders return five starters for last year's regional finalist squad, and will be looking to some youngsters to fill in a few key gaps. Coach Cupp expects plenty of run support for her pitchers, and hopes 2013 is a breakout season in Ashton.

Bureau Valley Storm

Coach: Brian Humphrey (8th year)

2012: 15-15 (7-7 Three Rivers)

Postseason: Lost 1-0 to Rock Falls in 2A Rock Falls Regional semifinal


00Ashley PhillipsFr.

5Michelle VainowskiJr.

6Shelby WeborgJr.

10Brandi DeWaeleSr.

11Susan BrummelSr.

12Shannon ReuterJr.

13Caitlyn ScottSo.

14Kalie RumboldJr.

15Darcy KepnerFr.

19Irini PetrosSo.

21Lacey DeVenneyJr.

22Emily PhillipsSr.

23Alissa StollerJr.

28Dana KepnerFr.

41Ali FairbanksJr.

Outlook: All but three players from last season return for the Storm, but those losses come in key spots: pitcher, catcher and shortstop. The strong returning core looks to overcome that with a potent offense and solid defense, and hopes to build on last year's .500 record overall and in conference play.

Dixon Duchesses

Coach: Chris Jones (2nd year)

2012: 12-24 (0-10 NIB-12 West)

Postseason: Lost 10-0 to Sterling in 3A Freeport Regional semifinals


1Erin SmithJr.P/1B

2Kari WolfeJr.C/CF

3Bre NovaySr.P/OF

5Rachel MusserSr.SS

6Daytona GeeseyJr.Util.

8Mackenzie BarnhartFr.C/OF

12Brooke BaileyJr.SS/LF

21Jade GlennSo.OF

22Haley FitzsimmonsSo.3B

24Jessica VanOostenJr.P/RF

25Emily BaySo.C/1B

36Bre GrobeJr.2B/OF

40Beccah JonesJr.P/3B

Outlook: Even with 5 returning starters, the Duchesses will still be young in 2013. Coach Jones is pleased with the effort and work ethic the players have shown, especially through the disruption of their school year due to a teachers' strike.

Eastland Cougars

Coach: Kristy Pierce (1st year)

2012: 18-15 (9-5 NUIC West)

Postseason: Lost 4-0 to Milledgeville in 1A Eastland Regional final


3Maddie ParkerSr.C

4Kiley CarrollSo.OF

5Bailey HeckmanFr.OF

11Mackenzie DoublerFr.P

13Alex MoutreySr.IF

14Ashley NepeanSr.IF

15Becky LindsayFr.OF

16Haley MillerSr.P/IF

20Bailey LauderSr.OF

21Delanie GieddSr.IF

22Bryce ShanerSr.IF

23Kim JohnsonSr.IF

24Monica WaltersSr.P

25Paige GallentineFr.OF

28Chelsey KoserFr.OF

29Kameron KoserSo.IF

30Drew PrestonFr.C

31Crystal LottFr.OF

32Bailey DeMicheleFr.OF

33Courtney BalkSo.OF

Outlook: In her first year coaching softball since 1986, Pierce – who led Eastland to back-to-back 1A state volleyball titles in 2008-09 – is happy with the leadership her seniors are showing. A good mix of talented upperclassmen and underclassmen should lead to more success on the diamond for the Cougars.

Fulton Steamers

Coach: Jen Pepper (6th year)

2012: 8-20 (5-9 Three Rivers)

Postseason: Lost 2-0 to Newman in 1A Eastland Regional first round


1Olivia EdforsJr.CF

2Kylie KennedySr.3B

3Heidi HolcombJr.IF/OF

8Velaye WeinertJr.IF/OF

10Katherine WayneSr.P/IF

11Rachel McDonnellSr.IF/OF

12Jenna JonesJr.SS

14Morgan PannellJr.OF

16Ann RenkesJr.IF/OF

17Emma WiemkenSr.C/OF

21Chelsea LesniewskiSo.IF/P

22Morgan WieremaSr.1B

Outlook: The Steamers surround a strong core of returning players with some talented newcomers, fresh off the sophomore team's conference championship in 2012. Coach Pepper likes the intensity and attitude her team has displayed throughout the first 2 weeks of practice, and believes talent and depth will help Fulton to surprise some people this season.

Milledgeville Missiles

Coach: Brad Grenoble (1st year)

2012: 26-9 (14-0 NUIC East)

Postseason: Beat Tuscola 4-1 in 1A state tournament third-place game


6Kelsey HayenSr.OF/IF

7Taylor GrenobleJr.2B

11Kayleigh LeddyJr.1B

13Kaylee HayenFr.OF

16Taylor MurphySr.OF

20Morgan AdolphJr.3b/P

21Ally BushFr.SS/P

22Courtney SwalveJr.C

23Liz BryantSr.OF

24Carli HunterSr.OF/IF

27Emily BushSr.P

28Kristen GearySr.IF/OF

38Shannon GraffSr.OF

Outlook: The Missiles return a strong core of veterans, and hope the talent and experience translates into another trip to East Peoria come the end of May. Besides one of the best pitchers in the state in 4-year varsity player Bush, four juniors return in their third seasons as varsity starters: Adolph, Grenoble, Leddy and Swalve.

Morrison Fillies

Coach: Tammy Deter (18th year)

2012: 24-10 (13-1 Three Rivers)

Postseason: Lost 8-2 to Rock Falls in 2A Rock Falls Regional final


2Rachel DavisSo.OF

7Alyssa WorkmanSr.3B

9Hannah VanderlaanJr.P/OF

11Kristi McNeeceJr.OF

12Kaitlyn FinneranSr.SS

13Jessica WienekeSr.OF

15Cassie WilsonSr.OF

18Shannon FinneranJr.OF/C

19Mirissa FergusonSr.OF

20Lauren PannierFr.P/1B

21Hannah RillieJr.C

25Allie RenkesSr.1B/2B

26Chelsea EadsJr.C

27Allie WiersemaJr.P/2B

32Maddie BarrySr.OF

Outlook: The always-dangerous Fillies return seven of nine starters from a year ago, when they again played for a regional title. The talent and postseason experience up and down the roster likely means Morrison will again be a tough out come the playoffs.

Newman Comets

Coach: Rick Turnroth (11th year)

2012: 9-15 (7-7 Three Rivers)

Postseason: Lost 10-0 to Milledgeville in 1A Eastland Regional semifinal


1Laura TurnrothSr.P

7Jaimie HurdSr.C

9Mary Alice OswaltJr.SS

10Sarah TrujilloSo.2B/OF

11Madalyn KleinSo.OF

15Sarah WallsSo.OF

18Abigayle AmmonSo.OF

19Paige RuthartSo.OF

20Maddie NewmanFr.1B/OF

23Julie HurdSo.2B/OF

24Shayla BrownJr.OF

25Margaret CainSo.3B/OF

27Jenna StevensSo.3B

28Alena JensenSo.OF

31Stacia WalterJr.1B

54Erin PasleyFr.1B

Outlook: The Comets will be young, but both seniors, two of the three juniors and six sophomores have all played varsity their entire careers at Newman. Coach Turnroth expects an influx of talent to create competition at several positions, which can only help in his team's quest to compete in the conference race.

Oregon Hawks

Coach: Lindsay Nauman (1st year)

2012: 10-23 (5-7 Big Northern West)

Postseason: Lost 5-1 to Polo-Forreston in 2A Oregon Regional semifinal


2Ally BartlingFr.P

4Abby BakerSo.P/OF

5Kaitlin OltmansJr.IF

6Bella HolleyFr.IF/OF

7Sommer RheaFr.OF

9Hope SmithSr.C/IF

10Katelyn ScruggsJr.OF

11Bree TourtillottSr.C/IF

12Emma CrandallJr.P/OF

14Kasey LappJr.IF/OF

18Melissa YoungrenJr.IF

19Kayla PottorffJr.IF

20Shelby HummelSr.OF

Outlook: Experience and talent will be the key factors for the Hawks this season. All-conference catcher Tourtillott and returning pitchers Crandall and Baker provide a  veteran battery, and new coach Nauman is excited about the solid defense which will play behind them.

Polo-Forreston Cardinals

Coach: Mike Reagan (1st year)

2012: 29-8 (12-2 NUIC East)

Postseason: Lost 1-0 to Stillman Valley in 2A Oregon Regional final


1Jessi BrooksSr.OF/IF

2Meagan CullorJr.SS/C

5Morgan HeinzSr.OF

6Olivia PetersonJr.C

7Alina LlanasSr.CF

8Samantha LudwigSr.OF

9Abby PetersonFr.P/IF

10Morgan PattersonSr.3B

11Jozi GrobeSo.P/1B

12Hailey IngramSo.1B/SS

14Becca WakenightSr.1B/P

17Ashley LowryJr.OF

20Hannah MetzgerJr.OF

21Sarah RademacherSr.OF

22Ashley LongSr.2B/P

Outlook: The Cardinals return eight starters, so new coach Reagan definitely has a full cupboard. If this co-op can overcome some inexperience in the pitching circle, a regional title is definitely in its sights.

Rock Falls Rockets

Coach: Kris Nunez (7th year)

2012: 30-8 (12-0 Big Northern West)

Postseason: Lost 4-3 to IVC in 2A West Carroll Sectional semifinal


1Addesyn NailorSr.IF

2Brittany SchmittSr.OF

3Julie DoddJr.P/OF

4Kaylyn BookerJr.IF

5Morgan MammosserSr.OF

6Jessica StickelJr.C

7Michaela WardSo.P/IF

8Taylor AndersonJr.OF

9Linsey BrownSr.IF

10Kara NehrkornJr.IF

11Baylie JansenJr.C

12Paige ReynoldsJr.OF

13Ashley SchmittSr.IF

14Destinee SchumakerJr.OF/P

15Jordan GiddingsSr.IF/P

Outlook: The Rockets return eight of nine starters from 2012, including BNC West player of the year Giddings and standout Ward in the circle. The addition of several standout athletes and solid starters and backups all over the diamond could lead to even more postseason hardware for Rock Falls.

Sterling Golden Warriors

Coach: Rick Henderson (10th year)

2012: 31-7 (8-2 NIB-12 West)

Postseason: Lost 2-1 to Marengo in 3A Belvidere North Sectional final


1Cassidy GillihanSr.OF

2Gabby SandovalSo.IF

3Abri HaleFr.OF

4Erin StroupFr.IF

7Stephanie KesterSr.P

9Bailey OettingSr.C

10Shannon LongFr.OF/C

11Karlie MellottJr.IF

12Priscilla AponteSr.P/IF

14Darien BardonerJr.IF/P

15Gabi TrujilloSr.OF

20Lauren FritzSo.IF/C

21Jenn RahnSr.1B

22McKenna PearsonSr.OF

Outlook: Talent abounds for the Warriors, and it's not just upperclassmen who will be pushing for playing time. Success is nothing new for these players, and the experience factor is as great as it's ever been. Sterling's goal is to make a run to state, and this squad can't be counted out when it comes to a long postseason run.

West Carroll Thunder

Coach: Don Mathey (7th year)

2012: 18-17 (11-3 NUIC West)

Postseason: Lost 11-5 to Oregon in 2A Oregon Regional first round


1Alexis KosierJr.IF/OF

4Leslie AppelJr.IF

8Alicia FoltzSr.IF/OF

9Caitlin BreedJr.IF/OF

12Janelle DykstraSr.IF/OF

13Demi HessJr.IF/OF

17Haley AppelSo.IF

20Darby RumlerJr.IF/C

24Cassidy RiceJr.P/IF/OF

25Morgan AshbySr.IF/C

28Sydney CastroSr.OF

30Mercedez RabuckJr.OF

31Morgan McCombieJr.IF

41Ieshia LarsonSr.OF

43Allison ThulenSr.P/IF

44Abby MaikeSo.P/IF/OF

45Dena HarridgeSr.OF

Outlook: The loss of four key players may be softened a bit by the return of first-team all-conference pitcher Thulen, and there are plenty of options to help fill some big shoes. Coach Mathey is hoping the depth (31 players in the program) and offseason work (more players attended camps than in past 10 seasons combined) will pay off in a tough schedule.

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