WHY SHE WAS SELECTED:
Sandwich senior Josie Gonzalez shot her team’s low round of 91 to lead the Indians to third place at the Class 1A Aurora Central Catholic Regional and the Sandwich program’s first sectional appearance.
Gonzalez talked to sports editor Joshua Welge about the season and more. Here is an edited version of the transcript:
Welge: What are your emotions of what the team has achieved, making the first sectional after winning conference?
Gonzalez: I wouldn’t have wanted it to go any other way. It’s my last year. I’m proud of how it all came together. We worked as hard as we could and didn’t give up. We’ve all just put it out there. To know that we came this far is amazing.
Welge: Did I hear right that the team received a police escort back into town? What was that like?
Gonzalez: We did. Arriving back into town, seeing everybody on the side of the road, it really set in. We did this, people know who we are. We made history. It was great and sad at the same time. I won’t ever be able to do that again with these girls. It really hit me that this high school season ... this is the last time I’ll step on the course with them.
Welge: How did the round come together for you in regionals?
Gonzalez: It started off a little shaky. It wasn’t the best way to start off, but coach talked to me and settled me down. After that, I told myself I know what I’m doing, I can do this. If I have a bad stroke just leave it there. It’s the next one that determines me. I had that mindset.
Welge: Did you have an idea that this season would be so successful?
Gonzalez: I had no idea. Coming out of last year, I did good, there was room for improvement. But I never expected us to win conference or go to sectionals. All the hard work we put in during the offseason set this up.
Welge: When did you start playing?
Gonzalez: I started playing sophomore year. My friend at the time, Jillian Fuchs, was like why don’t you try it. She said let’s do it together and I said why not? I hated it. I’m here now and I was like I can’t not play it. I fell in love with the game and now I want to go to college to play golf. I’ve played travel softball since I was 12. It turned out I love this game.
Welge: What are your college plans?
Gonzalez: I have two schools in mind – Mount Mary in Wisconsin and Culver-Stockton. I want to study nursing. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse since I was in kindergarten.