Janesville Parker High recently hired a pair of strong candidates to coach its athletic programs on the ball diamonds this spring. But why did it take this long?
Kailyn Packard’s senior season at Beloit Turner was cut short by a knee injury, but that couldn’t stop her from being named The Gazette’s area softball player of the year.
The Gazette's 2018 all-area softball team
A roundup of Saturday's action from the state softball tournament in Madison
Katelyn Belleau’s line-drive shot to left field sent the second-seeded Portage Warriors past the fifth-seeded Comets 2-1 in a Division 2 sectional final.
Thirteen of the 16 first-team all-Big Eight Conference baseball selections came from Janesville Craig, Sun Prairie and Middleton. The group was headlined by Craig senior catcher Jacob Campbell, who was named player of the year one season after earning co-player of the year honors.
Burlington scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and then scored again in the eighth to beat Elkhorn 7-6 in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal softball game.
Three days after edging top-ranked Beloit Turner, the Comets defeated second-seeded Monroe 3-2 in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal Tuesday to extend their improbable postseason run and move within a game of the state tournament.
Seniors Garey and Peterson take advantage of final high-school game
Sara Fredrickson was a big hit on and off the field at Evansville High School. The senior led the state in home runs last season in softball and graduated sixth in her class Friday night.
The season ended Friday for Janesville Craig's softball team. Westosha Central banged out 14 hits for a 9-3 win in a Division 1 regional final game.
Fifth-seeded Delavan-Darien pulled off the unthinkable, eliminating the top-ranked Trojans with a 1-0 win Friday in Beloit. Turner's (20-1) unblemished record was marred by a team that won six games during the regular season.
Elkhorn’s softball team worked overtime to win a regional title Thursday.
A roundup of area WIAA regional semifinal softball games played May 23, 2018.
The season ended Wednesday for Janesville Parker's softball team. The Vikings left 11 runners on base in a 5-2 loss to Waterford in a Division 1 regional semifinal game.
No. 12-seeded Craig defeats No. 5-seeded Beloit in regional opener
A roundup of area WIAA Division 2 and 3 high school softball regional quarterfinal softball games played Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
The WIAA softball postseason begins Wednesday for Janesville Parker and Janesville Craig. Both schools will have to win on the road if they want to advance to regional finals.
Janesville Craig’s softball team rallied for a win Friday in its Big Eight Conference finale at the Youth Sports Complex.
Sun Prairie's Maddie Gardner shut out Janesville Parker's softball team for the second time this season Friday in a 5-0 Big Eight Conference win at the Youth Sports Complex.
For the second time this week, Orfordville Parkview's softball team lost in extra innings to Horicon.
Thursday at Parkview, Horicon scored seven runs in the eighth inning en route to a 7-0 Trailways South Conference win.
Isabella Curtin hit two of Memorial's three round-trippers in a 7-6 victory at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex on Thursday.
The Cougars' offense erupted for 34 hits in two Big Eight Conference softball games Thursday.
Beloit Memorial swept Janesville Parker in a softball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex, winning 11-0 and 4-2 to clinch its best conference finish since 2014.
Jimmy DuVal is a busy man. The Whitewater High senior is active in a number of school and church activities, but also found time to earn 12 varsity letters in three sports.
Beloit Memorial’s softball team worked overtime for a victory Thursday.
When first diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 9, Janesville's Zach Olson was given six months or a year to live. Nine years later, he's set to graduate from Janesville Parker High, and he inspired the softball team during its Strike Out Cancer event Tuesday.
Beloit Turner's softball team will have to move on without its star player. Senior pitcher Kailyn Packard had surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee.
The Vikings belted 27 hits in a Big Eight Conference softball doubleheader Tuesday, ending a long losing streak by beating crosstown rival Janesville Craig 6-5 and 9-3 at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex.
Janesville Parker built a four-run lead and held on to beat visiting Madison East 4-3 on Monday. Elsewhere, Craig lost 10-2 in a nonconference road game against Oregon. The city teams clash in a doubleheader Tuesday.
Top-ranked Beloit Turner's softball team saw a game with Rock Valley Conference rival McFarland suspended in the sixth inning Thursday. The Trojans were playing their first game following a knee injury to star pitcher Kailyn Packard.
Chelsea Naber went 3-for-4 at the plate and allowed just four hits in seven innings to help Parker beat East 6-0 in Big Eight Conference softball Tuesday.
Craig commits 13 errors in loss to Cardinals in Big Eight Conference softball.
Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker each suffered road losses in high school softball Monday.
Alyssa Bostley scattered three hits and struck out seven in six innings, Emma Reinsek drove in three runs and Savanna Rainey was 3-for-4 with two triples as the Wildcats (6-2 overall) improved to 5-2 in Big Eight Conference play. Parker had a two-game winning streak snapped
The Cougars capped a successful week with a 14-6 Big Eight Conference victory Friday over Madison Memorial in blustery, rainy conditions at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex.
Katie Kealy fired back-to-back shutouts Thursday to lead Janesville Craig’s softball team to a Big Eight Conference doubleheader sweep over Madison East.
Cam Rosga had a go-ahead inside-the-park home run to help the Vikings softball team win 5-3.
Wearing a facemask used to be a fad on the softball diamond. That's no longer the case. With technology and bat speed playing a huge role on the game, wearing a facemask has become the norm.
Every player in the Craig softball lineup got a hit Tuesday on the way to a 16-3 Big Eight road win.
The Vikings were held to two hits by Verona in an 8-0 loss Tuesday in a game between two of the Big Eight Conference's last three unbeaten teams at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex.
Naber pitched a complete game, striking out 11, and the Janesville Parker Vikings eeked out a 1-0 nonconference win over the Evansville Blue Devils at the Youth Sports Complex.
Katie Kealy limited Middleton to four runs and hit a two-run double to spark a seven-run fifth as the Janesville Craig Cougars defeated the Cardinals 11-4 on Monday for their first Big Eight Conference win.
Five notable performances over the past week of high school sports and five games/events to watch for over the next seven days.
Verona beat Janesville Craig 12-0 and 6-3 in a Big Eight Conference softball twinbill Saturday at the Youth Sports Complex.