QU's Schwartz pushing herself to become complete hitter
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QU's Schwartz pushing herself to become complete hitter

How Quincy University softball coach Carla Passini chooses to describe senior outfielder Raigen Schwartz might sound cliche. Energetic. Hard-working. Positive. Determined. Typical adjectives coaches use. Yet until you know the backstory...

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Keokuk coach to take over JWCC softball team

QUINCY -- Donnie "Merle" Jones has been hired as the new women's softball coach at John Wood Community College. Brad Hoyt, director of athletics at JWCC, made the announcement Friday that Jones will replace Vic Schroeder, who resigned in June after two ye

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Schroeder resigns as JWCC softball coach

QUINCY -- Brad Hoyt, director of athletics at John Wood Community College, announced Friday that Vic Schroeder has resigned as the school's women's softball coach. Hoyt said Schroeder has accepted a full-time teaching and coaching position at his alma mate

Pence's first season as Illini West coach is also a learning experience
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Pence's first season as Illini West coach is also a learning experience

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Rodney Pence knew what it took to be a successful travel softball coach. When he became the Illini West softball coach in February, he realized he needed a different philosophy.

Despite another stellar season, Central's Nall still looking to improve
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Despite another stellar season, Central's Nall still looking to improve

CAMP POINT, Ill. Jacey Nall remembers the disappointment in issuing her first walk of the season. It came in a West Central Conference game against West Hancock on April 25 -- more than 20 games into the season.

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All-Area Softball: Second team list and honorable mention

HONORABLE MENTION Allison Acklie, INF, Sr., Clark County Hailey Alsup, INF/P, Jr., Brown County Angela Anderson, C, Sr., North Shelby Kara Baker, INF, Jr., Highland Autumn Blackford, UTL, Soph., South Shelby Lynsie Boling, UTL, Jr., Mark Twain Aubry Boulw

First team All-Area softball capsules
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First team All-Area softball capsules

Jordan Brite, outfielder, Jr., Griggsville-Perry The stats: Brite handled most of the pitching duties for the Tornadoes this season, but she was a tough out at the plate. She batted .519 and 42 hits in 25 games. She scored 22 runs and drove in 26, and her

Bastian tabbed new Canton softball coach
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Bastian tabbed new Canton softball coach

CANTON, Mo. -- The Bastians are starting to take over the softball teams in Canton. The Canton School Board approved the hiring of Jonathan Bastian as the school's softball coach Thursday. His wife, Jordan, has spent the last three seasons as the head coac

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Chargers buried by barrage of homers in sectional final

KNOXVILLE -- The outfield fence was first a friend, then a foe, for Rockridge center fielder Ashley Minyard. Minyard staked the Rockets to a 1-0 lead in the Class 2A Knoxville Sectional softball championship game with a solo home run that bounced off the

Another one-run loss to Calhoun has controversial ending this time
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Another one-run loss to Calhoun has controversial ending this time

HARDIN, Ill. -- Central softball coach Amy Hilde-brand had a simple message for her team. "If you can look yourself in the mirror and know you gave it your all, that's all you can do," Hildebrand said. It was about all she could do to try to ease the disco