Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

January 17, 2014

Package deal: Ohnesorge twins heading to Lincoln Land

Ryan Czachorski
Effingham Daily News

ALTAMONT — Lauren and Madison Ohnesorge have always been a package deal at Altamont, with the senior twins playing varsity volleyball, basketball and softball together.

It stayed that way even as they looked to take their softball careers to the next level.

Now, they’re Lincoln Land Community College’s package deal, signing to play softball for the Springfield-based community college Thursday morning at Altamont High School.

The college was up for debate, but staying together was always the plan, according to the sisters.

“I never even thought of going to a different college than her,” Lauren Ohnesorge said.

Madison, the younger of the two twins, agreed with her sister.

“If it wasn’t a possibility, it would have been really hard,” she said. “We really looked into being with each other.”

The twins were a key part of an Altamont team that reached Super-Sectionals last year before falling 4-2 to Goreville in Johnston City.

With Madison serving as the slap-hitting leadoff hitter and Lauren providing some power and opposite field hitting ability in the middle of the order, they were a solid tandem for the Indians.

Madison was a member of the ICA 1A All-State second team, earned honorable mention on the all-NTC team and was an Effingham Daily News All-Area first teamer in 2013. Lauren was a member of the All-NTC first team, second team ICA all-state and EDN All-Area honorable mention.

Now, they’re looking to take that up north to Springfield.

“It’s really now kicking in we have a certain spot to go to after graduating,” Madison said. “Now that we actually signed today, it’s surreal.”

It’s not like Lincoln Land and the surrounding area is unfamiliar to the Ohnesorges either. Their sister, Morgan, goes to St. John’s College in Springfield.

Also, Altamont alumna Katie Lange was a major contributor for the Loggers team that reached the NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament in Clinton, Miss. last season. Windsor alumna Lindsay Floyd (First team all-NTC, third team ICA all-State, all-EDN first team) whom Altamont is familiar with from NTC battles, is also on the roster.

It was feeling-based decision too, as Lange’s influence helped the process start but the college’s atmosphere did most of the work.

“I liked the comfort,” Lauren said. “Whenever we toured, they made us feel at home, it was very homey and it just felt right.”

Lauren and Madison have work to do before they get to Lincoln Land — namely, finishing school, concluding their basketball season and making another run with the Lady Indian softball team, which returns many of its starters from 2013, including the Ohnesorges and reigning NTC MVP Deidre Ledbetter.

Their new coaches at Lincoln Land have told them what to expect and what to work on, and the sisters are excited.

“We both can play the outfield very well,” Madison said. “We’ve talked with them and figured out what our roles are, but we both need to improve on our speed to help our team out.”