Two years ago the thought of playing college softball was a mirage for Hanover Central's Ashley Yoways.
The senior said she didn't even think such a thing was possible.
On Sunday, however, Yoways verbally committed to play at Iowa. The Wildcats pitcher will play middle infield for the Hawkeyes.
"Oh my gosh, it's the greatest feeling ever," Yoways said. "It's amazing. I don't even know what else to say."
Hanover coach Larry McMillen said two years ago he didn't see such a thing happening either. But Yoways started working harder than she ever had before, and the dream came to fruition.
"Ashley's worked hard, very hard," McMillen said. "She stepped up to make herself better, individually. She played on a (travel) team that played a lot of college exposure, and that really helped, too.”
Last spring Yoways was a Times First Team All-Area pick when she was 16-9 with a 1.26 ERA and 207 strikeouts. She batted .450 with 33 runs, 22 RBIs and eight doubles.
She led Hanover to the Class 3A semistate and had a no-hitter through five innings in the semifinal.
"I believe we can go all the way," said Yoways, "if we play our best and work hard." -- Steve Hanlon
Kankakee Valley 25-25-25, Highland 15-23-19: Gab Martin broke the Kankakee Valley career kills record as she had 13 in the match and has 1,058 career kills. Jill Warner had 12 blocks, and Lauren Stokes had 27 assists for the Kougars.
Lowell 25-25-17-25, Hobart 23-21-25-17: Ashley DeBoer's 15 kills, 25 digs and one ace, and Mallory Slavis' 20 assists led the Red Devils (7-4, 3-1) to a Northwest Crossroads Conference win over the Brickies.
Hobart's Geena Lammertin had 19 assists, while Caylie Pruitt had 13 kills.
Clark 25-25-19-25, Bowman Academy 14-23-25-13: The Pioneers (4-8) topped the Eagles in four games as Alexis Christian had nine aces and five kills, and Mia Ramirez had seven aces, six digs and two kills.
Sara Kruszynski had five aces, six digs, 13 assists and seven kills, while Tique Woods had 14 kills.
Gavit 25-25-25, Lake Station 20-23-19: Vanessa Skierkiewicz had 13 kills for Gavit (7-5) in the win. Kristen Alamillo and Sammie Poloma had 11 digs each.
Ashlinn Jorgensen led Lake Station (2-8) with four aces.
Chesterton 25-25-25, Portage 19-19-21: Jessica Urycki and Sara Tarnowski headed a balanced attack for the Trojans (3-4, 1-3 DAC) with seven kills, one more than Emily Marcus and Sammi Ostrom. Kennedy Baltus posted 14 assists and Jordyn Moleski came up with 22 digs.
Mariah Wright tallied 12 kills, and Josi Auksel hit nine for the Indians (6-6, 0-4), with Lauren Winicky making 25 assists and Rachael Block 11 digs.
South Central 25-28-20-25, Boone Grove 18-26-25-20: Bri Satoski's 14 kills powered the Satellites (5-2, 3-2) to a Porter County Conferrence road victory. Kaitlyn Jackson added 10 digs, nine kills and three aces for S.C.
Nicole Malouhos recorded five kills and five block kills for the Wolves (5-4, 0-1), while Lexi Thill served three aces.
Boys cross country
Crown Point 20, LaPorte 38: Anthony Didion won the race in 16 minutes, 53 seconds, but the Bulldogs finished two through six to earn the win.
Tyler Gray (second, 17:06), Jake Langbehn (third, 17:13), Ryan Kepshire (fourth, 17:38), Matt Mosak (fifth, 17:46) and Luke Voss (sixth, 17:50) were Crown Point's top five finishers.
Lake Central 15, Chesterton 49; Lake Central 15, Michigan City 50; Chesterton 15, Michigan City 50: The host Indians took the top six spots, led by winner Tyler Kramer-Stephems (17:58). Casey Garvey was three seconds back in second.
Girls cross country
Lake Central 16, Chesterton 41; Chesterton 15, Michigan City 49; Lake Central 15, Michigan City 50: Running on their home course, the Indians swept the first four places, paced by Megan Zajac (20:38), who crossed two seconds before Sarah Hunsley. Lindsey Nielsen (fifth) led Chesterton.
Crown Point 5, Portage 0: The Times No. 2 Bulldogs (9-0, 3-0) won all matches in striaght sets for a Duneland Athletic Conference win over the Indians (5-3, 1-2). Bryce Bonin, Lance Norenberg and Anthony Kendall won in singles. Dominic Peretin and Carson Hoogewerf, and Boris Pavlorski and Brendon Ray won in doubles.
Highland 5, Hobart 0: The Trojans (4-7, 2-2 NCC) swept Hobart in Northwest Crossroads Conference action. All Highland victories, which included those from singles players Jeff Michner, Nick Polster and Brett Sabo; and those from the doubles teams of Benton Wood-Anthony Juranovich and Andres Campos-Luke Turoci, came in straight sets.
Valparaiso 4, Michigan City 1: Peter Williams, Noah Klumpie and Derek Wappel won singles matches in straight sets to pace the Vikings to a DAC triumph.
Crown Point 183, Michigan City 227: Tiffany Curtis led the Bulldogs with a 37 in the DAC win.
Alyssa Harvey added a 42 to help cap a solid round for Crown Point.
Valparaiso 157, Portage 195: Harley Dubsky didn't shoot the Times No. 1 Vikings' lowest score, but her 38 still helped them to an easy victory over Portage (6-4, 2-4) at Robbinhurst. Brooke Fullenkamp was medalist with a 37, while Jennifer Gough also shot 38 for Valpo (8-0, 6-0).
Boone Grove 4, Covenant Christian 1: Nick Azevedo scored and assisted on two goals to boost the Wolves (5-2) past the Knights (4-3).
Victory Christian 1, Kankakee Trinity (Ill.) 0: Evan Duey's 15 saves made Andre Guardon's goal stand up for a victory by the Lions (6-1-1). Duey has recorded five shutouts in a row.
Covenant Christian 4, Morgan Township 3: Sophia Van Keppel notched a goal and two assists as the Knights slipped by the Cherokees.