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5 years ago (2006): After enjoying one of the most successful seasons in Illinois State softball history, freshman designated player Amber Smith was named to the Louisville Slugger Division I All-America Third Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

15 years ago (1996): University High senior right-hander Todd Mitchell silenced Beardstown’s bats with a four-hit, 11-strikeout gem that sparked the Pioneers to a 2-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the Class A State Baseball Tournament.

25 years ago (1986): Normal Community’s baseball team took advantage of an overpowering two-hit pitching performance by John Hayek to register a 4-1 win over Mattoon in the Springfield Class AA Sectional Tournament.

50 years ago (1961): Andy Hauptman of Bloomington, a 1959 University of Illinois graduate, signed a contract to coach football at Galva High School next fall. Hauptman is one of many Trinity graduates who have gone out and made good.

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