Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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February 28, 2014

Cumberland ranked No. 1 in Illinois Coaches Association softball poll

Altamont, St. A, T-Town also ranked

EFFINGHAM — Milledgeville was the 2013 Class 1A state champion, besting Cumberland 5-4 in a rain-shortened state championship game.

The Illinois Coaches Association likes Cumberland better than Milledgeville this season, and every other softball team in Class 1A.

Cumberland was ranked number one in the state in the preseason ICA Softball Poll, coming off a second-place finish in the state and a 19-11 record, playing a difficult schedule in 2013.

Milledgeville was second and Goreville, who Cumberland defeated in the state semifinals, was third.

Two more area teams made the top 20 poll, with Altamont coming in sixth after a Super-Sectional berth in 2012 and St. Anthony came in 11th after falling to Cumberland at the sectional title game last year.

Teutopolis came in ninth place in the Class 2A poll after losing at Super-Sectionals last year to the top-ranked team in the poll, Nashville.

All four area teams bring a majority of their starting lineups back, with Cumberland returning Kaylee Carlen and Katie Poe. St. Anthony brings back Makayla Walsh and Paige Koester, both EDN All-Area players from 2013, along with a number of other starters.

The Lady Indians in Altamont bring back nearly every one of their starters from 2013, including NTC MVP Deidre Ledbetter, Madison Ohnesorge, Lauren Ohnesorge, Lauren White and Gabby Alwardt, among others.

Teutopolis brings back a core of solid sophomores who had phenomenal freshman campaigns, including Allison Apke, Danielle Repking, Anni Borries and EDN Player of the Year Kadi Borries.

Class 1A Poll

1. Cumberland, 2. Milledgeville, 3. Goreville, 4. Arcola, 5. Cobden, 6. Altamont, 7. Okawville, 8. Central A&M, 9. Illini Bluffs, 10. Calhoun, 11. St. Anthony, 12. Elkville Elvarado, 13. Gardner, 14. Cullom Tri-Point, 15. Fisher, 16. Leroy, 17. Putnam County, 18, Princeville, 19. Toulon Stark County, 20. Mt. Sterling Brown County

Class 2A Poll

1. Nasvhille, 2. Bishop McNamara, 3. St. Joseph Ogden, 4. Beecher, 5. Massac County, 6. Maroa-Forsyth, 7. Brimfield, 8. Carterville, 9. Teutopolis, 10. Olympia, 11. Casey-Westfield, 12. Tremont, 13. Williamsville, 14. Tri-City, 15. Stillman Valley, 16. Shelbyville, 17. Carmi, 18. Wilmington, 19. Benton, 20. Rock Island Alleman

 

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