, Nelson will have their numbers retired at alumni game
Michelle Gromacki and Debbie Nelson
The Antioch softball program is holding its first alumni game in at least six years today, during which the jerseys of two of the best softball players ever to come out of Antioch will be retired: Michelle Gromacki
and Debbie Nelson.
"Both (Gromacki) and (Nelson) had good college careers and both continue to be involved in the softball and baseball community."
and Nelson played at the school in the early 1980's, and both went on to have successful playing and coaching careers in college softball.
is currently in the middle of the Big West Conference race in her
eighth season as the women's softball coach at Cal State Fullerton
, where she
also played her
As a catcher, Gromacki helped lead the Titans to a combined 170-19-1 overall record from 1985-87 while helping Fullerton claim the 1986 NCAA national championship.
"I had a little exciting feeling," Gromacki
said when she
high school jersey would be retired.
"It's an honor, because it's recognition.
Someone is recognizing you for doing something well."
also was selected as a member of several U.S. National Teams which claimed gold medals at the South Pacific Classic Tournament, the World Championships in Canada, and the Pam Am Qualifier in Guatemala.
was a participant in the Olympic Sports Festival in St. Louis as both a player and assistant coach.
family, who still lives in Antioch, will be in attendance to see her
Gromacki wore No. 00 and played catcher, and Nelson wore No. 12 and roamed center field.