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Hall elects to drop girls soccer

Hall High School is crunching numbers for some of its sports program.

While the Hall School Board of Education renewed the wrestling co-op with Putnam County High School, its girls’ soccer program was dropped due to a lack of participation. The team had played with a full squad at times this spring.

The board is also taking a strong look at the freshmen level for some sports. Freshmen football will continue this fall and then be re-evaluated. Freshmen girls’ basketball, which has also struggled with numbers, will be evaluated in September after the organizational meeting, and a coach will be hired if there is enough interest.

“Money is tight, and we need to keep our eyes on these program,” Hall superintendent Mike Struna said.

There is high interest in freshmen boys’ basketball, Struna said, so that will continue,

Super 60 Softball: Six members of the Putnam County softball team participated in Sunday’s Super Sixty All-Star game at the Eastside Center in East Peoria.

Lady Panthers Monica Monroe, Taylor Pettit and Shelby Yepsen all suited up for the Blue squad with PC head coach Chris Walker joined by assistants Lynette Olson and Lori Senstrom.

Princeton’s Bob James was scheduled to assist Walker, but was unable to attend due to other team commitments.

The Lady Panthers reached the Elite Eight this spring, falling to Amboy 1-0 in the Super-sectionals.

Princeton native Chris Waca, who completed his first year as head coach at Plano, served as an assistant on the White All-Stars staff. Also on the White staff was newly hired Hall coach Brian Holman, formerly of Newark.

Mineral’s Megan Foes represented Annawan on the Grey Squad.

Midwest Showcase: Former Putnam County baseball coach Dave Garcia, now head coach at Parkland College, will be hosting the fourth annual Midwest Prospect Showcase in August at Parkland College.

There were more 140 kids last year in attendance and Garcia said it continues to grow. There were 103 athletes who received a scholarship coming out of this showcase, Garcia said.

“Being from the IV I know that it is hard for these guys to get noticed,” Garcia said. “This is an opportunity for them to come compete against kids from Ohio, Indiana, and other parts of Illinois and be evaluated by some of the top D1 programs in the Midwest.

The showcase camp will be held at Parkland College in Champaign on Aug. 10 or 11. Cost is $150 per athlete. For more information, visit

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