Do you want to play softball for the Pekin Lettes women’s fastpitch team?

New Lettes coach Darin Bowling is looking for players for his team. Players must be at least high school age. There is no charge to play.

If you’re interested in playing for the Lettes, send Bowling an email at noelle300@yahoo.com.

There are three tournaments on the Lettes’ schedule: June 8-9 in Bloomington, June 15-16 in St. Louis and July 20-21 in Pekin. It’s possible there will be Wednesday night games in June.

“If someone wants to play for us but can only play in one or two tournaments, that’s fine,” Bowling said. “I understand players this age have other commitments during the summer.”

The Lettes are part of the Pekin Community Softball Association program after being an independent team for many years.

NEW COACH: Pekin High School has a new girls cross country coach.

Allie Jones replaces Erika Gilmore, who resigned after seven seasons “to pursue personal educational interests,” said Pekin Athletic Director Barry Gurvey.

Gilmore will remain on the Pekin teaching staff as a science teacher.

Jones is completing her first year as a Pekin teacher. She’s a special education co-teacher in the math department. This is her fourth year as a teacher.

“I’m very excited about the upcoming cross country season. I ran cross country for 11 years and I love the sport,” Jones said.

She was an assistant boys track coach at Dwight High School in 2016 and an assistant boys cross county coach at Minooka Junior High School in 2017.

Jones was on the cross country teams at Minooka High School and the University of St. Francis in Joliet. She graduated from Minooka in 2011 and St. Francis in 2015.

MEDALS: Morton’s Sam Lange and East Peoria’s Nick Waller each earned a medal Saturday in the Class 2A boys state track and field meet in Charleston.

Lange placed sixth in the 3200 (9:40.51) and Waller was seventh in the discus (156-10).

“Same plan as usual,” Lange told GateHouse Media Illinois reporter Stan Morris. “It was hot, so definitely don’t go out too fast. At state, people are excited. Just stay back and when people start getting tired, you move up.”

In the Class 1A state meet, Deer Creek-Mackinaw (8:08.12) and Tremont (8:08.36) were sixth and seventh in the 4x800 relay and Tremont was fourth in the 4x400 relay.

Steve Stein can be reached at (248) 224-2616 or stevestein21@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.