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Where Are They Now - 1978:
Stories of past Softball World Series players.

Miracles never stopped for many of us that participated in that adventure, even after returning home! That particular time period was extraordinary for the players, but it was equally important to the parents and fans that supported us, as they continue to talk about it as well.

Since I was one on the young ones on the team at the time, I still had a long time to go before I even graduated from San Gabriel High School. After graduating I went to college a bit, served in the military, returned to college receiving a partial scholarship for soccer. I have been a special education teacher working at the middle and high school level serving at-risk students, mostly emotionally disturbed and conduct disorder. Before teaching and during teaching I have coached sports at various age groups and ability levels in basketball, soccer, and volleyball.

For me, that “Cinderella” experience still rings through today. I have always been extremely passionate in everything I do. Working with the students over the years I have had phenomenal success. I have had the pleasure of traveling a bit and experiencing people, places and events. The glass is still full as I am still living the “Cinderella” dream!

Monica, I would personally like to thank you for always being the leader, even now you still are the one! I appreciate what you are doing to keep the memory alive and share with others that anything is still possible.

KJ (Kathy Johnson) MacKenzie

I played in the 1978 world series in Baxter Springs,  Kansas.  We, Sunnyslope Little League, San Gabriel, CA, represented the West Region.  We were definitely the “Cinderella” team that year throughout all of the post season tournaments. We had just started our softball league at Sunnyslope Little League in 1977.  Our second season we played through each tournament not knowing where we would end up.  To everyone’s surprise, the team full of heart made it to the World Series and represented the West Region.  
After that summer I concentrated my efforts on basketball and volleyball.  In 1980, I received a full ride basketball scholarship to Washington State University where I played for 3 seasons.   I am currently a National Director of Academic Operations, Field Support for Kaplan Higher Education.  
I now play in a slow pitch league and still brag about the World Series.  Sad to say, Sunnyslope Little League has disbanded and no longer plays baseball or softball.  I still drive by there every day and remember the great summer of 1978, where that team that loved to play softball started!
Monica Delgadillo

Denise Rubio became Assistant Softball Coach University of Tampa

Updated 20/April/2009 --  WEBMASTER