ORANGEVILLE – Katie Boomgarden is our new WREX Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Rock Valley College.
Boomgarden is the lone Lady Broncos senior on this year’s team, which won its second straight 1-A sectional championship. She’s been through some thrilling victories and agonizing defeats, which has made her a better player from a mental standpoint.
“It’s kind of made me stronger mentally. You go through losing, you see what’s going on, get the feel for everything, help your team get through it,” Boomgarden says.
The future Lady Regent at Rockford University has covered a lot of ground on the diamond in her career so far.
“First half of the year, she was at shortstop a lot,” says head coach Lon Scheuerell. “She’s our number two pitcher, second half, she’s our regular catcher. Over the four years, she’s played a lot of outfield for us. She’s really a kid who’s accepted whatever position we’ve needed, she takes on that role for us.”
Orangeville’s season came to an end Wednesday night with a 4-2 loss to Illini Bluffs in a 1-A Super-Sectional game played in Peoria, that was originally scheduled to be played Monday in Sterling.