MT. CARMEL – A few short miles before the bus carrying the Wabash Valley College Lady Warriors softball team reached its destination of Spencer Sports Center – which it did at 3 a.m. Monday following a nine-day, 3300-mile trip and seventh place finish at the NJCAA Division I softball tournament in St. George, Utah – Paul Schnarre took time to thank his players for such a successful season, and another chapter in the Hall of Fame coach’s illustrious career.

“I thought we played well and represented our area well,” said Schnarre of the Region 24 champions, the 10th team he has taken to the national tournament.


ST. GEORGE, UTAH – As Day Three of the NJCAA Division I women’s softball tournament beckons, only eight teams remain with a shot at the national championship.

Wabash Valley is one of them.

The Lady Warriors, after losing in the second round to Miami Dade, Fla., 8-0, on Thursday afternoon, bounced back to defeat Eastern Arizona, 8-0, Thursday night in an elimination game.

WVC (39-12), was scheduled to play Howard, Tex. (47-13) at 1 p.m. CDT on Friday.



Wednesday’s Results (in bracket order)
Salt Lake, Utah 5, Western Nebraska 1
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 8, Eastern Arizona 6
Chattanooga State, Tenn. 11, Navarro, Tex. 7
Blinn, Tex. 4, Georgia Perimeter 1
Chipola, Fla. 7, Shelton State, Ala. 1
Howard, Tex. 4, Jefferson, Mo. 3
Miami Dade, Fla. 2, Temple, Tex. 0
Wabash Valley 2, Wallace State, Ala. 1


ST. GEORGE, UTAH – The Wabash Valley College Lady Warrior softball team has already been through tornadoes, hail, snow and wind on their way to the NJCAA Division I softball tournament. Now that they’re here, the real adventure begins.

The 16-team national championship hunt begins today with eight first-round matches at the Canyon Complex, a 20-minute bus ride from WVC’s team hotel. Seeded 15th, the Lady Warriors open against No. 2 Wallace State, Ala. at 7:30 p.m.


CENTRALIA, Ill. – There was an almost regal aura of superiority surrounding the Lake Land College softball team as play began Friday in the NJCAA Region 24 tourmament.

Why not? The Lakers had won the last four titles, they were 51-game winners ranked eighth in the latest Division I national poll, and had already won the Great Rivers Athletic Conference regular-season championship by a full five games.

However, a strange thing happened on the way to the coronation.

Lake Land was stunned in the tournament’s very first game Friday by Kaskaskia, 2-1. Then, Wabash Valley finished the Lakers off on Saturday with a 7-3 win in the championship game. So, it is the Lady Warriors instead who will be going to St. George, Utah for the NJCAA national tournament from May 13-16.