For three local high school softball players, the summer season ended as well as they could’ve hoped. Polo's Cheyenna Wilkins and Forreston's Ella Ingram and Ayla Kiper were part of a title team at the USSSA Great Lakes National Championships.

Katie Thatcher couldn’t wait for the 2023 softball season to get here. Finally feeling 100% healthy after two knee surgeries her sophomore season, the Rock Falls senior was chomping at the bit to get back on the diamond.