Once again, Coach Kelly Whitman and her Amboy Clippers softball team had an outstanding season in 2017. The team had a 23-4 record and had 20 wins before May 15.
After winning the IHSA Regional, they advanced to the IHSA Sectional championship at Dakota, against the Dakota team, on the Dakota diamond. Amboy tied the game with a four-run rally in the top of the seventh inning. The home team pushed across a single tally in the bottom of the inning for a close win.
Coach Whitman, in her ninth season as head coach, now has a fine record of 186 wins and 81 defeats. She now has won seven straight IHSA Regional championships. In my opinion, I feel that is a school record.
Karlee Doege ends her strong 4-year pitching career with 65 wins and only 25 defeats. She pitched Amboy to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament in 2014 as a freshman. She was honored by this newspaper when she was named to the 2014 all-area first team. Doege also made the All-State team in 2014. Her 65 wins is an Amboy Clipper pitching record that will be a challenge to beat in the years ahead.
In closing, I must, once again as in the past, give praise to the sports desk and photography at this newspaper. In my opinion, it is the best sports coverage in Illinois for high school sports. The young people in the Sauk Valley receive full credit for what they achieve in athletics. Special thanks to the staff.