Hero of the Week: Donna Dulle, Mt. Pulaski

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Donna Dulle and the Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers are a No. 1 seed in the Class 1A volleyball playoffs. Donna Dulle and the Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers are a No. 1 seed in the Class 1A volleyball playoffs.

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MT. PULASKI -- If Donna Dulle ever moved away from Mt. Pulaski, it'd be like taking out the courthouse or bulldozing Vinegar Hill.

The longtime volleyball coach is part of the town's fabric after 39 years as leader of the program. She reached the 1,110-win mark this season and is one of the most decorated coaches of all time in the state.

But her true legacy isn't racking up more wins than every Prairie State coach except for St. Francis' Peg Kopec (1,248 wins). Her greatest impact has been how she's made an individual impact on her players, as demonstrated by Southern Illinois-bound Abi Fitzpatrick and UIS-bound Skylar Hayes in this WAND profile..

Class 1A playoff schedule and scores

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Week 1: Shannon Roberts, MacArthur
Week 2: Fowler Connell, Danville
Week 3: Ken Leonard, Sacred Heart-Griffin
Week 4: Micah and Dennis Sheppard, Meridian
Week 5: Emily Short, Decatur
Week 6: Veterans and Friends golf 
Week 7: Dre Brown, Mike Dudek, Scotty Gilkey, Illinois/Eastern Illinois
Week 8: Demirjian Family of Decatur
Week 9: Donna Dulle, Mt. Pulaski

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