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Melinda Fischer

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One of Illinois State softball's most valuable players this season will never throw a pitch, hit a ball or steal a base.

Melinda Fischer

Illinois State softball coach Melinda Fischer will have a national award named in her honor.

The Illinois State University athletic community is mourning the loss of longtime volunteer assistant softball coach Bill Dickson. He was 85 when he died Thursday of natural causes.