If you lose, your season is over. Softball teams are giving the game their all in postseason play, hoping to keep their dream alive. Lincolnwood High School in Raymond is the host school for five area Class 1A teams. Number four seed Morrisonville defeated the fifth seeded Ramsey Rams on Monday, then faced the Nokomis Redskins on Tuesday, May 19. The Lady Mohawks put forth a great effort, but their season came to a close in a 14-10 loss to Nokomis.
The Litchfield Lady Panther soccer team's season came to an end Tuesday night at Quincy Notre Dame High School in the opening round of the IHSA sectional tournament.
An old sports adage cautions it's hard to beat any team three times in the same season; though Staunton (seeded fourth) and Hillsboro (seeded fifth) were close in record (the Toppers were 8-14, the Bulldogs 11-14) entering Monday's Gillespie Regional Quarterfinal game, the Dogs had one distinct and one abstract advantage before the game began.
A pair of rivals squared off on Monday, May 18, with their season hopes on the line. In the end, it would be the Litchfield Lady Panthers who saw their season extended as they defeated Hillsboro 7-2 in the regional quarterfinal at Litchfield.
It was a warm-up for state and sectionals for some and a chance to show off their talents one last time for others as the Capital Area Classic featured some of the top athletes from Central Illinois at Glenwood High School on Monday, May 18. Montgomery County would have 16 entries in the all-star event, with five coming from Litchfield and 11 coming from Hillsboro.
Despite allowing just six hits in the regional semifinal game against Gillespie on Tuesday, the Litchfield Lady Panthers saw their season come to an end as they fell to the Lady Miners by a 7-0 final score.
After a disappointing regular season, the LitchfieldPurple Panthers looked to have a better second season as they began regional play on Monday night, May 18.
A three-run home run by Mt. Olive's Mitchell Bumgardner lifted the Wildcats to a 5-3 regional quarterfinal victory and ended Lincolnwood's baseball season on Monday, May 18, in Mt. Olive.
Despite outhitting Central A&M 10-7, the Lincolnwood softball team saw their season come to an end on Tuesday, May 19, as they fell to the Lady Raiders 5-3. The visitors from Moweaqua would come up with solo runs in the first and second inning and held onto that lead through three frames.
Nokomis senior Izzy Batty connects with a pitch during the fourth inning of the Lady Redskins' game with Morrisonville at the Lincolnwood Regional in Raymond on Tuesday, May 19. Batty had a pair of hits, two runs scored and two more driven in during Nokomis' 14-0 win over the Lady Mohawks that boosted them to Saturday's regional title game against Central A&M.
Tessa Steffens of Litchfield pitched a complete game against Hillsboro on Monday, May 18. Steffens allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while also striking out 12 Hiltoppers. The win advanced the Panthers to Tuesday's game against Gillespie which they lost 7-0.
Ron and Patricia Anglin were given the Sports Boosters Fan Appreciation Award during the Litchfield Sports Boosters banquet on Wednesday, May 13, at the Litchfield Fireman's Clubhouse. From the left are Litchfield Sports Booster Board Members Amy Newkirk, Robin Morgan, Tricia Rogers, Patricia and Ron Anglin, Nikol Leitschuh and Kaylie Ripley.
Scholarship award winners at this Litchfield Sports Boosters 2015 Senior Athlete Banquet, held on Wednesday, May 13, in front, from the left, were Hannah Fogle, Taylor Maulding, Tessa Steffens and Kayla Law. In the back row are Cole Werner, Ally Smith, Riley Scharf, Ryan Howard, Sean Brune and Hannah Nail.
Eight members of the Hillsboro Jr. High boys track team qualified for the Class 2A IESA State Track Meet on May 22 and 23 at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria. In front, from the left, are Chris Furlow, Trevor Toberman, Dom Bates and Jordan Gregg. In the back row are Joey Lipe, Colton Keiser, Josh Bauman and Nate Reeves.
Twelve members of the Hillsboro Jr. High girls track team qualified for the IESA State Track Meet on May 22 and 23 at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria. In front, from the left, are Grace Anderson, Kyra Huber, Katie Schaake, Maddie May, Faith Calvert and Haley McCaslin. In the back row are Sheridan Lyerla, Kylie Meier, Kaili Hanner, Sammi Matoush, Deanna Jackson and Hattie Malloy.
Hillsboro senior Alex Malloy went 2-for-4 at the plate on Monday, May 19, as the Toppers defeated Staunton 3-0 in their regional quarterfinal on the Bulldogs' home turf. Hillsboro's semifinal game against Southwestern was scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, but was washed out and rescheduled for Thursday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m.
While in Washington D.C., Lewey had a special visit from his niece, Amy (Matthews) Lloyd, formerly of Waggoner, and her children, Charlotte and Emmett, who now live near Washington D.C.