Colin Likas

Colin Likas

Thomas all in at final prep event

CHAMPAIGN — Jared Thomas won't appear in any record of the 2018 Class 1A boys' tennis state tournament.

That was by design.

The Centennial senior is making his third appearance this year, though, and is set up for a lengthy run as the No. 13 seed in singles action.

Calm demeanor strengthens Picazo in the ring

TUSCOLA — CJ Picazo didn't become monumentally bigger or stronger between his junior and senior track and field seasons at Tuscola.

He didn't gain significantly more talent or capability inside the throwing ring, either.

Spartans, Warriors reach Sweet 16

BLOOMINGTON — Bringing a boisterous dugout to a high school baseball game can sometimes affect the product on the field.

There's no saying if that's how Bloomington Central Catholic jumped out to a 2-0 lead through one inning Wednesday afternoon versus St. Joseph-Ogden, but there was no doubt the Saints were looking to set a tone.

Waved-off goal leaves M-S girls' soccer out of playoffs

ROCHESTER — Even as Kelsie Briggs sat for a more than hourlong bus ride back to Mahomet-Seymour High on Tuesday night, she couldn't quite produce an explanation for what transpired earlier in the evening.

"I'm still not even sure what happened," the Bulldogs girls' soccer coach said. "It makes it a little more painful."

Reed helps Rockets solve Eberle in sectional semifinal win

STANFORD — Maddie Reed wasn't having a day to remember offensively.

Plenty of Unity's softballers could say that during Tuesday's Class 2A Olympia Sectional semifinal, as Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley standout Madi Eberle had piled up 14 strikeouts over 5 2 / 3 innings pitched.

And she was one well-placed toss away from adding Reed to that statistic — for the third time in the bout.

2019 baseball, softball and girls' soccer schedules/results


March 13    at Monticello            PPD

Monday's prep highlights: Bohlen helps Bulldogs through regional quarterfinal

In baseball

Class 3A

Mahomet-Seymour Regional

Walton helps Eagles soar

RANTOUL — This could have proven frustrating to Madisyn Walton and her Rantoul softball teammates.

Going from a No. 5 seed in the Class 3A postseason last year to a No. 9 seed this time around, despite graduating just three seniors from the 2018 Eagles outfit.

It's not exactly the anticipated outcome, on paper.

To Walton, however, this downward shift is no big deal.

Sisters enjoying chance to play together on Chargers

CHAMPAIGN — Hannah and Leah Luchinski have been familiar faces on Centennial's softball and volleyball teams the last two years.

There was a time, however, when the sisters — separated by two years in age — couldn't seem to take the diamond or court at the same time.

Unless they were playing against one another.

Prep pulse: May 20, 2019

Listening to Ameia Wilson discuss her 2019 state track and field effort was like a night-and-day experience compared to her post-meet comments in 2018.

As a Danville junior, Wilson eviscerated her performance of one second place and two third places in Class 3A. It's the hardest I've ever seen a high school athlete offer self-critique.