TriCounty Gigi Macintosh realized the task confronting her after leaving the coaching staff at Mt. Zion High School for Morton when one of her early softball teams stumbled badly.
"But we went from 10-40 to 40-10," she recalls, a won-loss shift that points out dramatically the job she has done in her 11 years at Morton.
Last spring her Potter softball team went 35-4 and finished third in the Class AA state finals, following up a 36-4 year the season before that earned Morton a second place state finish.
MacIntosh, who began her sports career as a student at Mt. Zion, went on to play softball, field hockey and swam at Eastern Illinois University.
She then coached basketball and volleyball at Wilmington High School for one year and spent two years at Mt. Zion as softball and basketball coach before moving to Morton where she has forged a softball power.
In 11 seasons she is 240-115, despite a few bad early seasons, and has won three consecutive Mid-Illini conference titles.
Gigi Macintosh realized the task confronting her after leaving the coaching staff at Mt. Zion High School for Morton when one of her early softball teams stumbled badly.
A two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at both Limestone High School and Illinois Central College, Thome went on to a legendary baseball career as one of the top sluggers in Major League Baseball history. A 13th-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, Thome made his MLB debut in 1991. After a 22-year career with Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, Thome ranks seventh in Major League history with 612 home runs and 24th with 1,699 runs batted in, while boasting a .276 career batting average. He was a five-time All-Star and received Most Valuable Player votes in nine different seasons. Thome helped Cleveland to World Series appearances in both 1995 and 1997 and he hit 17 career postseason home runs. Thome led the American League in slugging in 2002 (.677) and the National League with 47 home runs in 2003 and he received a 1996 Silver Slugger Award. Thome also was the 2006 Americal League Comeback Player of the Year. Recognized for his integrity, sportsmanship and community involvement, Thome received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004, as well as the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award and the 2004 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. The Cleveland organization dedicated a statue of Thome outside Progressive Field following his official retirement in 2014.