Local softball teams are state bound

REGIONAL WINNERS–The Royals softball team won the SIJHSAA Region 5 championship after defeating Chester 11-0 in six innings. The team will play in the state tournament at Pinckneyville on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Jonesboro CSD. Pictured in front, from left: Landri Koudela, Joanna Howell, Ava Carter, Emry Mudd, Brynlee Liefer and Alaina Stoeckel. Second row: Charlotte Lindsay, Brinn Goff, Olivia Koch, Cali Hoffman, Maggie Roy, Jessalyn Bast and Macy Mergelkamp. In back: Corbyn Legendre, Loreli Aubuchon, Gracie Rahn, Nevaeh Sharrock, Reagan Tallman, Clare Carnahan, Peighton Cox, Brooke Herman and Coach Brian Boeving.