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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Wildcats win state softball title

  • The East Peoria Central Junior High School softball team won the program's first state championship since 1996.

    The Wildcats defeated Morris Shabonna, 3-2, Homer Glen Homer, 4-0, and Mt. Zion, 3-1, in weekend games at the Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state tournament at Champion Fields in Normal.
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  • The East Peoria Central Junior High School softball team won the program's first state championship since 1996.
    The Wildcats defeated Morris Shabonna, 3-2, Homer Glen Homer, 4-0, and Mt. Zion, 3-1, in weekend games at the Illinois Elementary School Association Class AA state tournament at Champion Fields in Normal.
    The team, led by head coach Nicole Duncheon, finished the season 24-0.
    It was the first state title for East Peoria Central in any sport since the cheerleading squad placed first in 2002.
    A pep assembly was scheduled for yesterday afternoon at the school to honor the softball team.
    In the quarterfinals, Ashley Emert was 3-for-4 with a double for the Wildcats, and Ashlynn Uppole and Kat Smith added two hits.
    Alyssa Graves struck out 14 with two walks going the distance in the circle. She added a double.
    Graves used 12 strikeouts to blank Homer Glen Homer, and Remi Ferguson drove in three runs for East Peoria.
    Emert had the team's lone extra-base hit, a triple.
    The Wildcats went ahead to stay with two runs in the third inning in the state final against Mt. Zion (18-4).
    Emert knocked in a run, while Madison Bambrick and Ferguson had triples.
    Graves fanned 10 and worked around seven walks, while surrendering four hits in a complete game.

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