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LaMoille/Ohio spring sports

LAMOILLE — LaMoille High School is teaming up with neighbors Ohio (baseball and softball) and Amboy (track) for spring sports once again. Here’s a look at each team.

Softball: Katie Lou has taken over as head coach this season for Fred Bell. The Henry native is a second-year teacher at Allen Grade School.

The new Lady Lions coach inherits a softball squad of 11 girls, headed up by a trio of seniors — Brittany Chasteen, Sami O’Brien and Ashley Schrader — and juniors Myrah Graham, Alexis Beard and Lindsay Parry. Rounding out the squad are sophomores Amanda Chasteen, Ragen Forbes, Paige Koskosky and Toni Lawrence and freshman Rae Ann Schultz.

Forbes and Brittany Chasteen return in the circle for the Lady Lions.

Baseball: The Lions have seen a boost in numbers, especially from Ohio, which sends six players. The Lions often couldn’t field a team a year ago, finishing 0-11.

Now it’s a matter of getting everyone on the field and becoming more competitive. The Lions were outscored 72-6 in their first six games before Mother Nature rained on their spring parade again.

“We’ve got to learn how to play the ball game better and keep working. They’ve got big hearts and good determination,” coach Chuck Lovgren said. “Our first game was a week ago Monday, and we hadn’t been on the ball diamond yet. We played a game every night last week, and then on Saturday we practiced three hours to get some work in.

“I tell them if we can score some more runs and save some runs on defense, we can be right there and can win the ballgame. It’s something they’ve got to get used to doing, playing good competition and playing under pressure.”

Ohio provides all three of the seniors the co-op has in fourth-year member Wesley Rogers and newcomers David Beattie and Anthony Martinez.

The junior class is seven strong with Garrett Anderson, James Berry Smith, Anthony Lovgren, Julian Gonzalez and Preston Powers of LaMoille and newcomers Brandon Morris and Josh Weber from Ohio. Sophomores Bradley Davis, Tracer Mills and Jake Lucas round out the squad.

The Lions will team up for their annual pancake breakfast Sunday at the Lions Club.

Track: LaMoille sends 15 athletes into the co-op with Amboy, including six boys and nine girls.

Junior Laura Rieker returns as a state qualifier in the high jump (5-2). She is the LHS school record holder as is classmate Shiela Browning in the triple jump.

Other LaMoille girls are senior Meredith Stamberger (middle distance), sophomores Monica Joerger and Madison Walker, and freshmen Kaitlyn Boers, Kaitlyn Hildebrand, Jordyn Pinter and Emily Scully.

Amboy’s Autumn Smith returns as the top shot putter (36-3) in the BCR Honor Roll.

“We will be strong in several field events, and I believe we will have some pretty competitive relay teams, especially in the 4x800,” L/O coach Bob Halberg said.

For the boys, LaMoille sends junior Ben Hosto (distance), sophomores Luke Becker (throws), Jeffry DeLong (relays/long jump) and freshmen Josh Gross (relays), Alan Stamberger (distance) and Clay Stuepfert (throws).

Ohio track: In addition to the diamond sports, Ohio also has eight athletes competing in track. They are seniors Caitlin Quarton and Missy Dunn (distance), juniors Vanessa Martinez (800, discus) and sophomore Samantha Martinez (400, 800) for the girls and four freshman boys — Johnee Schulte (distance, jumps), Jacob Tudor (distance, throws), Derek DeBruhl (throws) and Dustin Fultz (throws).

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