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Rock Falls’ fantastic four nearing finish line

LAST HURRAH

Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:25 a.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:37 a.m. CST
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(Illustration by Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Rock Falls seniors (from left) Jordan Giddings, Morgan Mammosser, Addesyn Nailor and Linsey Brown have led a charge through the Rock Falls sports scene the last 4 years. The quartet has just a few weeks remaining in its storied career.

Brown, Giddings, Mammosser, Nailor. The names have been synonymous with Rock Falls girls sports success over the past 4 years.

Their time as Rockets is coming to an end, but their accomplishments will not soon be forgotten. Seniors Linsey Brown, Jordan Giddings, Morgan Mammosser and Addesyn Nailor are entering the final weeks of their careers at Rock Falls High School.

The band of sports sisters was brought together again one last time when Mammosser opted to forgo her fourth season of track to join the other three in softball, the first time she's played the sport since seventh grade.

Mammosser was a three-time state qualifier and two-time state medalist in track. She was a member of the school-record 1,600 relay team.

"I felt like I couldn't be away from my friends my senior year," Mammosser said. "I really wanted to be with them and have one last goodbye. That was definitely the main part of the decision."

"It ties it all together," Brown said. "We started together, and we'll end together."

The quartet was all 4-year starters in volleyball. Brown, Giddings and Nailor are 4-year starters in softball. Giddings and Mammosser were 4-year starters, Nailor a 3-year starter and Brown a 2-year player in basketball.

The foursome was most fearsome on the volleyball court, where they piled up 110 wins, an average of almost 28 per season.

They were key cogs in the Rockets' school-record 35-win season in 2011. They won three conference and regional titles, a sectional and made an elite eight appearance.

In basketball, Rock Falls won 61 games (more than 15 per season) over the last 4 years.

This softball season, the Rockets are 18-3. They have piled up 95 wins and two regional titles the past 4 years. They reached 30 wins last season.

"We've been so successful. I couldn't have asked for anything more," Nailor said. "People say to make your memories while you can, because it goes by so fast. No one ever believes it, but it really does."

Their names dot the career school-records lists.

In volleyball, Mammosser is the career leader in digs (984) and points (699), and Brown has the career mark in kills (951). Giddings owns the career blocks record (553), while Nailor owns the assists record (1,777).

In softball, Giddings set the career home run record in one season, when she belted 11 as a freshman. Coming into this season, she had 21 career home runs. She's also the career leader in RBIs (126 entering 2013).

"I never would have believed coming into high school that we would have so many records and wins," Giddings said. "I never would have thought that in a million years."

While the records and wins have made for plenty of memories, they aren't the most lasting things to come out of their careers.

"I made my best friends playing these sports," said Brown, who is ranked No. 1 academically in the senior class. "That's the best thing that could have come out of this."

Giddings is No. 4 in the class and Mammosser No. 8.

Yesterday, Mammosser and Nailor were preschool pals. Soon, they and their cohorts will graduate.

"I feel really old for being this young," Mammosser said. "I feel like we're still freshmen, and we still have all this time to go. In reality, we have not even 25 days left of school."

Mammosser and Nailor will be going on to Sauk Valley Community College. Mammosser will play basketball and volleyball, while Nailor will not play sports.

Brown is headed to St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She does not plan on playing sports either.

Giddings will take her talents to Eureka College, where she'll play basketball and softball.

The time has also snuck up on Rock Falls softball coach Kris Nunez.

"[Thursday] Linsey Brown walked into my classroom and gave me her graduation invitation," Nunez said. "The reality of it kind of hit me and I thought, 'Wow. Where did those 4 years go?'

"Not only are these girls phenomenal athletes, all four of them are unbelievable people. I can't think of one moment when I haven't enjoyed them. They've been a huge gift to our high school."

Fearsome foursome

Linsey Brown: 4-year starter in softball and volleyball; 2-year player in basketball; career school-record in kills (951); ranked No. 1 in class

Jordan Giddings: 4-year starter in basketball, softball and volleyball; softball career school-records entering 2013 in home runs (21) and RBIs (126); volleyball career school-record in blocks (553); ranked No. 4 in class

Morgan Mammosser: 4-year starter in basketball and volleyball; 3-year state qualifier in track; volleyball career school-records in digs (984) and points (699); member of school-record 1,600 relay team (4:04.92); ranked No. 8 in class

Addesyn Nailor: 4-year starter in softball and volleyball; 3-year starter in basketball; volleyball career school-record in assists (1,777)

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