1980: Eisenhower High School won the city public school volleyball championship by compiling a 3-0 record. Front row, from left, assistant Coach Rosemary Anthony, Kelly Quinlan, Amy Webb, Margie Simon, Sheri Smith, Coach Chuck Force and Manager Donna Pratt. Back row, Ann Wasilewski, Reeni McElyea, Karen Woolen, Julie DePesa and Lori Boland.
Described by former H&R sports writer Rex Spires as “one of the most accomplished and successful female athletes produced by Decatur schools,” Letizia earned 11 varsity letters during her high school career — four in basketball, three in volleyball, three in track and one in softball.
On the basketball court, Letizia was second-team H&R All-City as a junior and first-team as a senior when she averaged 17 points. She graduated as Eisenhower's all-time leading scorer with 1,322 points. She was All-Macon County first team in volleyball as both a junior and senior.
Letizia chose to play softball instead of track as a freshman and was an all-city selection, but it was on the track that she became the most accomplished. At Western Illinois Univeristy, Letizia set the school’s javelin record, was part of the record-setting 4x100 relay team and still holds the WIU pentathlon points record.