Posted by Paul Callighan on Jun 12, 2019
Wearing yellow t-shirts saying “Go Heavy” and accompanied by their mascot “Inky” (a stuffed elephant), the coach and members of the Sycamore High School Girls Softball Team recapped their 3A state championship winning season at the Sycamore Rotary meeting June 12. Coach  Jill Carpenter credited their success to an all-out dedication to training and on-field execution (the “Go Heavy” influence which was taken from a motivational film) plus the ability to “Play Loose” (not dwell on mistakes or bad luck) which led to some incredible come-from-behind wins. 
According to Coach Carpenter, the road to the championship was really decided in Sectional play which featured four teams ranked in the state top ten.  Once Sycamore advanced to the Super Sectional, the real focus became getting to Peoria for the State Finals.  Once again, the combination of “Go Heavy” and “Play Loose” got the Spartans to a come-from-behind 12-11 victory over Mount Zion in the State Semi-Final and a 3-0 win over St. Francis in the championship game.  The team was particularly appreciative of the community support they received during their championship run.  As for “Inky”, the mascot got passed around to the Most Valuable Player of the game during their 33-6-1 season, with each player attaching a personal item like a pin, earrings, and even sunglasses before handing the mascot over to the next player.  This made “Inky” almost as flashy as the official state trophy the team brought with them for their Rotary appearance.