Mills shines in national tourney spotlight

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By Claude Lewis

>Whitney Mills finally got her chance to shine for the Santa Fe Community College softball team, and she came through with flying colors.

Mills, the 2007 Chiefland High graduate, saw limited playing time through much of the season for the Lady Saints of SFCC.

In the most important tournament of the season, coach turned Mills loose.

As a designated hitter, she excelled for the Lady Saints in the JUCO Nationals played Thursday through Saturday in Plant City.

Santa Fe had to settle for second in the nation after dropping a 5-2 decision to Wallace State.

The win was Wallace State's 41st straight. Santa Fe finished the season with a sparklig record of 62-5-1.

Mills played in all seven tourney games. She had hits in all but two of the games.

In the finals against Wallace, Mills was 1-for-3.

SFCC defeated San Jacinto, Texas, 13-2 to get to the finals. Mills scored a run in that game.

In a losers-bracket game Saturday morning, Santa Fe stayed alive with a 6-1 victory over Chattanooga State. Mills was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

On Friday, May 16, Mills was 2-for-2 with three RBIs in a 9-1 victory over Butler, Kansas.

Santa Fe started out the tournament with a rare loss, but bounced back to win five straight before losing to Wallace.

Mills is just a freshman and undoubtedly made a strong case to start next year for the Lady Saints.

Santa Fe loses a lot of sophomores to graduation.

Mills starred for the 2007 CHS team that made it to the Class 3A Final 4.

Volleyball season is a way's off, but Chiefland High coach Emily Gore is trying to keep the girls interested in the sport this spring and summer.

"We've been working out on Tuesdays and Thursdays," she said. "We've been lifting and doing drills to increase our verticle jumping."

The nets are up and the girls are doing their own thing.

Gore is planning a camp for younger girls sometime in June. This will introduce the sport to some girls and teach basic skills. The girls will also have some fun playing games.

Gore said last Wednesday's car wash was quite successful and that they'll probably have another one before the season starts.

In last week's paper, CAAA president Wayne Weatherford commented on the upcoming State Tee-Ball Tournament that will be held at Strickland Park June 12-16.

He commented on how the tourney could use a couple of major corporate-type sponsors.

In no way did he mean to slight the local businesses who chip in what they can.

Everything is much appreciated, he noted.

On that note, if anyone wants to help out with the tourney, they can contact Weatherford at 493-0657.

The tournament will be bringing hundreds of out-of-towners to the area and no doubt will be a boost to the local economy.