Lady Potters Softball

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Lady Potters Softball

Post by GoBirdsGo II » Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:06 pm

Congrat's to "J" on being hired as their new coach. IMHO, a win-win for both. Morton got an amazing athlete/young lady while J gets to work(aide) and coach in a wonderful school district. :shake

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Post by deejay » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:06 am

So GBG, looks like your blood flows Cherry and Gray this spring?! Their new diamond at Birchwood Park will be ready for 2016.
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Post by mailman » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:38 pm

Congrats to Justine!!!! I think it is so great that another former standout player gets to come back and Coach in the Conference.
The Mid Illini should be very interesting this season, I'm curious to see how it plays out.
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Post by deejay » Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:13 pm

Bids are being let for new Lady Potters new facility at Birchwood Park. Work should begin in July, if the rain ever let's up. It appears that they will need to correct a severe drainage issue that occurred when they build the new parking lot on higher than the baseball complex. The new diamond will be located in the area that was the former parking lot.
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Post by Hawks » Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:44 am

I had heard the same thing also concerning the drainage issue. The school board could have saved the tax payers $$s if they had taken one of the current fields out at Birchwood and renovated it versus building new field. For about half $$s they would have as nice of field as building new one. That is what they did with the varsity baseball field and IMHO it is one of the nicest high school fields in the area.

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Post by deejay » Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:54 am

The bids were opened this weekend and came in higher than expected. What is next? The diamond is being built on Park District land. Time is wasting!
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Post by deejay » Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:33 pm

Only 2 bids and both were rejected at Tuesday's board meeting. Back to square one.
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Post by deejay » Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:09 pm

Work has begun on the new digs in Birchwood Park!
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Post by deejay » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:32 pm

The Lady Potters finally got to play at their new park, one game. Nice setting in Birchwood Park. If only the School and Park District would have found a way to spend a fee dollars to light the parking lot. A dangerous situation when it is pitch dark. Diamonds are used throughout the summer. After all if you spend nearly close to 2 million for the whole thing, what a few $$$$ for lighting the lot!
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Post by MortonOutsider » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:56 pm

deejay wrote:
Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:32 pm
The Lady Potters finally got to play at their new park, one game. Nice setting in Birchwood Park. If only the School and Park District would have found a way to spend a fee dollars to light the parking lot. A dangerous situation when it is pitch dark. Diamonds are used throughout the summer. After all if you spend nearly close to 2 million for the whole thing, what a few $$$$ for lighting the lot!
Official Grand Opening is Tuesday, April 18 at 4pm.

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Post by deejay » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:30 am

Great grand opening. Now we need some players in order to get the program back to respectability.
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Post by MortonOutsider » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:14 am

deejay wrote:
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:30 am
Great grand opening. Now we need some players in order to get the program back to respectability.
That may take a while.
The high school started over with a (badly needed) new coach a couple years ago, but she does not participate in the MJHS program, which is puzzling. The old coach had players quitting in droves - so much so that in a school of 950+ thy were having trouble filling line-ups for varsity and junior-varsity.

The school district and park district worked together to build the new diamond, but then one of the school board members ripped the park district for not paying enough (despite the parks having paid for more than half). There is still some animosity there.

The youth program, particularly the non-travel leagues, has suffered greatly over the years. The one person responsible for this is now gone, starting this season. (That one person also caused a one-year delay in the opening of the new park.)
Already there has been significant improvement with things as simple as scheduling.

There is still a lot of trust to build back, though, and that will take time.

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Re: Lady Potters Softball

Post by deejay » Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:39 pm

Yes there is a lot of distrust, but not sure we can blame this all on one person. There was a lot of back peddling by the park district after school board bought the land for expansion. And unless the park district gets rid of the antiquated and outdated participation rule limiting player use from other communities, all sports will continue to struggle. Soccer and softball were once powers in Morton, but no more. You can direct it right back to these by laws.
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