Blue Devils win state title
The Chillicothe Blue Devils softball team, including Madison Menzel and Abby Jaques of Princeton, Ashley Phillips of Bureau Valley and Monica Monroe of Putnam County, won the National Softball Association 18 & under A state championship last weekend in East Peoria. They will advance to the nationals tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., the first week of August. The Blue Devils had wins against Mattoon Pride, Downers Grove Outlaws, Central Il Diamonds, Elk Grove Heat, and the Metamora Flames, and came back to beat Metamora again in the championship game. Team members include (front row, from left) Marci Serrano, Megan Connor, Jaycee Johnson, Sarah Fink, Kerrigan Dura, Brooke Bollinger and Ashley Phillips; (back row) bat boy Walker Menzel, coach Rick Menzel, Kenzie Parker, Monica Monroe, Annie Fleming, Abby Jaques, Delaney Coats, Madison Menzel, coach Mike Berchtold and Kennedy Dura.