TriCounty There are two very consistent things about Gigi Macintosh's Morton High School softball teams:
1) They seldom lose a game, and
2) They have played in the title game of the state Class AA softball tournament in two of the last three seasons and have made the final four the last three springs.
Which is why the 12-year Morton coach has been named the Tri-County Female Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
In 1995 Morton finished third in the state, won 35 of 39 games and MacIntosh bagged her first Tri-County award.
This past June, Morton fought Moline into the 10th inning of the title game in Pekin before bowing 3-2, again finishing 35-4.
Morton has gone 106-12 the last three seasons under Macintosh's coaching, raising her career mark at Morton to 274-119.
A graduate of Mt. Zion High School, Macintosh played softball, field hockey, and swam at Eastern Illinois University. She then coached one season at Wilmington High School and two years at Mt. Zion before moving on to Morton where she has made Morton a dominant power in the strong Mid-Illini conference.
There are two very consistent things about Gigi Macintosh's Morton High School softball teams:
Al Smith was one of the greatest high school athletic stars in Peoria history, earning All-State recognition in football, basketball and baseball. He went on to a brilliant basketball career at Bradley University and then starred for the Denver Nuggets and Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association.