Stacy Nagel Cheek
Larkin High School
Stacy is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for her outstanding accomplishments in softball. A 1999 Larkin High School graduate, she was a four year varsity catcher. She led the Royals in all offensive categories as a sophomore and senior. Her career totals include a .424 batting average, 156 hits, 34 doubles, 27 home runs, 134 runs batted in and 71 stolen bases. Defensively, Stacy threw out 58% of all runners attempting to steal. Nagel was the Courier News Upstate 8 Player of the Year in 1997 and Co-Captain/Player of the Year in 1999. During her career, she was All-Conference three times and All-Area twice. She received state-honors by being selected for the IHSA Hitting Derby and Senior Girls High School All-Star Classic Super 60 Team in 1998 and 1999. She was named First-Team All-State and to the IHSA Coaches Association All-State Team in 1999. That same year Stacy was named a Fast Pitch World High School All-American.
Stacy continued her career at Division 1 Mercer University from 2000 to 2003. At Mercer she set numerous career records including home runs (46) and runs batted in (154). She had the best single season in Mercer softball history in 2000 with a .364 batting average, 14 home runs, 41 runs batted in, a .700 slugging percentage and a .418 on base percentage. She was named All-Atlantic Sun Conference Second Team (2000), All-Conference First Team (2003), Mercer Top Hitter (2002) and Most Valuable Player Awards in tournaments at Auburn, Georgia Tech, Hawaii and Florida State.
Stacy entered the Women's Pro Softball Draft in 2003 and received offers from San Antonio and Akron teams as well as the Dutch National team.