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.
Fauser is one of the most-accomplished softball pitchers in the area, excelling at Morton High School before starring at the University of Wisconsin. A two-time Peoria Journal Star Softball Player of the Year (1994, 1995), Fauser led Morton to three straight conference championships and back-to-back appearances in the IHSA state tournament, earning a second-place finish in 1994 and a third-place trophy in 1995. Named to the all-tournament team in both 1994 and 1995, Fauser was the 1994 state tournament MVP after pitching back-to-back no-hitters. She still holds school records with 20 strikeouts in a game, 294 in a season and 882 in her career, as well as the school marks with 25 wins in a season and 81 wins in a career. After graduating from Morton, where her jersey was retired in 1996, Fauser starred on the pitching rubber at Wisconsin, appearing in 125 games during her four-year collegiate career. The 1997 team MVP and 1999 recipient of the Coaches Award, Fauser pitched 747.2 innings at Wisconsin, compiling 52 wins, 551 strikeouts and a 2.72 earned run average with 15 shutouts. Fauser went on to play with several area women’s fast pitch teams after graduation, including East Peoria Hits and Avanti’s, and she remains active in area youth softball as a coach and clinic speaker.