Tri-County Youth Sports Grant
Tri-County Youth Sports Grant Winners
1998 Illinois Central College Softball Team


Coached by Lorene Ramsey (GPSHOF class of 1982), the 1998 Lady Cougars captured the 2nd National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament Championship in ICC’s history.  In addition to a convincing win (8-0 in 5 innings) over perennial power, Central Arizona (winner of 7 of the previous 10 national titles), ICC defeated 4 other teams, Charles County (MD), Ricks College (ID), DeKalb Community College (GA), and Gulf Coast Community College (FL).    Outscoring their tournament opponents, 31-5, ICC won 7 games including 3 games on the final day.  The Lady Cougars shutout Ricks in the last 2 games (double elimination) by scores of 6-0 and 5-0.  ICC players on the All-Tournament team at the national tournament were:  Cathy Peverly (ss), Kelly Grigsby (3rd), and Melissa Cassidy (pitcher).  Cassidy was also selected as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.  All-American selections included Peverly, Ashley Blust, and Nicole Kurth.  Faced with exceptionally strong competition during much of the season, the Lady Cougars finished 1998 with a 46-9 record.