It is with heavy, but grateful hearts that we announce the dissolution of Illinois Shockwave effective July 30, 2017. After three successful seasons that witnessed growth from one to four teams, the Shockwave Board has found that it can no longer fulfill its mission statement and has decided to dissolve the organization. The Board would like to thank all the players and their families for their commitment and participation, as well as our wonderful sponsors who helped make Illinois Shockwave what it was. After our 16u team concludes its participation at the NAFA Live the Dream tournament in Evanston this weekend, there will be no more Illinois Shockwave teams and, as such, no tryouts for any future teams.
For the third consecutive year, an Illinois Shockwave 14u team has won first place at the Evanston Express Memorial Day Classic Tournament. Coach Greg Kapsimalis’ 14u Shockwave (10-6 so far this spring) went undefeated the entire weekend, taking the championship game 18-1 in three innings. Congratulations! This team took second place last year in Evanston in the 12u division. We look forward to a continued strong showing this season.
Our current Illinois Shockwave 12u also took first place honors at the Evanston tournament this past weekend. They are pictured below with the 14u champions. Way to go, 12u! Congrats!
Although forecasters say the next few days of Chicago area weather will be full of rain, the past week or so has afforded some beautiful softball weather. Illinois Shockwave high schoolers continue to have an impact on their school teams as the season continues to play out. Perhaps most notably, 15u’s Brianna Luciano (sophomore pitcher for Hersey High School, 9-4) hit her very first career home run on Tuesday, April 25 against St. Viator High School. Congratulations, Bri! You can find more info in the Daily Herald.
Another notable was a Regina Dominican win over Loyola Academy, 6-4; it’s the first time Regina has prevailed over Loyola in this decade. Congratulations to Becca Richards (Shockwave 16u) on the winning side and a “Get ’em next time!” to Anna Rempe and Cassie Rodgers (Shockwave 15u) on the Loyola side. You can read more details about the game in the Glenview Lantern.
Last week Shockwave 16u players faced each other in a game pitting Glenbrook South against Niles North in conference play. Representing GBS were Shockwave 16u’s Sophie Stark, Megan Chin, Mia Swanson and Julia Bass and Shockwave 15u’s Lauren Olsen, and representing Niles North was Adriana Oh. GBS beat Niles North 9-1 at home and the teams are scheduled to face each other again on Tuesday, May 9 at Niles North.
Last weekend Glenbrook South Varsity also participated in a tournament at Rolling Meadows High School, going 1-2 for the weekend in non-conference play. In their final game, Whitney Young (2-1 that weekend) dealt them a 14-4 loss. This game brought Shockwave 16u’s Stark, Chin, Swanson and Bass and 15u’s Olsen (GBS) up against Shockwave 15u’s Grace and Lauren Mosele (WY). Congrats to the Mosele sisters who are tearing it up in their first high school season!
While the high schoolers are busy with their school teams, our younger Shockwave teams have also been getting to work. On Saturday, April 22 Coach Greg Kapsimalis’ 14u team defeated Palatine Stingrays 5-4, but then dropped a game on Sunday, April 23 to Midwest Machine 9-3. The team also had fun watching Northwestern beat Purdue 6-3 at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston on that same Sunday afternoon. You can read about Northwestern’s sweep of Purdue here.
Winning or losing, *this* is the best time of year with non-stop softball happening all around us! Hope you are getting the chance to enjoy it and best of luck to *all* our Shockwave players, whether playing for their schools or for Shockwave. Play hard!
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On Saturday, April 1 temps made it into the 50s in Chicagoland and the sun shone brightly. Perfect softball weather! Among the games being played was a match-up between Hersey High School (Arlington Heights, IL) and Glenbrook South High School (Glenview, IL) at Glenbrook South. Starting pitcher for Hersey was Shockwave 15u’s Brianna Luciano. On the GBS side, Shockwave 16u’s Sophie Stark started at short, Megan Chin started in left field and Julia Bass started at third. It was a tight game, but Hersey ended up on top with a 4-2 final.
Also playing on April 1 was Brianna’s 15u Shockwave teammate Alana Lapitan. Starting pitcher for Saint Ignatius College Prep, Lapitan threw a shutout against Back of the Yards College Prep, leading her team to a 12-0 victory. She allowed just one hit in the game played at her school’s home field. Congratulations to Alana!
You can read more about the GBS v Hersey game here (scroll to bottom paragraphs of article). Season previews are available here and here. You can also check out GBS Softball’s web site, Hersey Softball’s web site and St. Ignatius Softball’s web site. Hopefully the weather will continue to cooperate and we’ll be watching some good ball playing. With Shockwave players also representing varsity teams at Loyola Academy (15u’s Anna Rempe and Cassie Rodgers), Regina Dominican (16u’s Becca Richards), Niles North (16u’s Adriana Oh), Deerfield High School (15u’s Halle Mangurten), Northside College Prep (16u’s Maddy Schoeff and Erin Franke), Whitney Young High School (15u’s Grace and Lauren Mosele), and Leyden High School (15u’s Elle Engelke), there will be a lot to watch.
We will continue to report on our high school players this spring season, but are also looking forward to our younger teams coming out of indoor off-season practices and getting back out on the fields!
Illinois Shockwave 16u participated in Illinois ASA’s New Year’s Bash held at Avanti’s Dome in Pekin, Illinois on January 6 – 8, 2017. The team went 1-1 in pool play and won their first elimination game against the Avanti Yellow Jackets (7-6) to advance to the semi-finals. In the fourth inning of that semi-finals game, which pitted Shockwave against Premier Fastpitch-Black, Maddy Schoeff blasted an over-the-fence dinger to get her team on the scoreboard. The team was able to score two more runs that inning, but still trailed behind by one. Not content to rest on her laurels, Maddy hit a second over-the-fence dinger again in the fifth inning. Ultimately, Maddy’s homers weren’t enough to win the game (Shockwave lost 7-4), but they made for an exciting afternoon of softball and her teammates couldn’t have been happier for her. Congratulations on your stellar performance, Maddy! We are so proud you are a part of Illinois Shockwave!
We are thankful for teammates, coaches, opponents, sponsors and the opportunity to play the best game ever! #Thankful #LikeAGlenviewGirl