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Preps

Daily Chronicle Athlete of the Week

Mindy Smits

Senior | Softball

Why Smits was selected

The Sycamore softball player had a hit in all five Spartan games this week, including the game-winner in the ninth inning against 4A state-ranked Yorkville. She finished the week 7 for 15 with two runs and three RBIs. She beat Sycamore soccer player Emma Goldman, Hiawatha softball player Brooke Braden, DeKalb distance runner Katherine Olsen, DeKalb runner Juan Castro and Kaneland thrower Drew Hahn.

• On getting a game-winning hit against a powerful Yorkville team:

"Yorkville is a really good team and we had lost to them previously in the season. It was also senior night, and we had rescheduled it already like four times. So we were just trying to go out there and end on a good note. And with a senior up to bat and senior scoring the run, I knew I had to get a hit so we could continue the game and get a win."

• On playing that much in a week:

"We follow the saying 'CTC' – control the controllables. We can't control the weather but we can control our attitude going into each game rolling with the punches and learning to be flexible."

• On how the team feels going into Saturday's regional final:

"We're feeling good and know what we need to get done. We just need to play our game, be good on offense and defense and it will all be good."

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