Prep Sports

Prep Sports

N-G Top 10: Boys' soccer

With several teams in action on Monday, sports editor MATT DANIELS offers up The News-Gazette's first poll of the 2017 season.

RK., TEAM '16 RECORD COMMENT

1. Urbana 19-4-1 Randy Blackman returns for his 32nd season in charge of the Tigers and the Class 2A regional champs last year open Aug. 29 at Rantoul

Thursday's highlights: Spangler leads GCMS girls to win

In boys’ golf

■ At Harrison Park. Hunter Keith and Kevin Clapp both fired a 40 and Cade Herriott was close behind with a 41 to help Bismarck-Henning/Roseville Alvin beat Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 163-179. Clay Bane led all golfers with a 38 and Connor Birky had a 41 for the Falcons. 

Illinois eyes Millender

The eight schools that comprise the Southwestern Conference have produced 35 players who have earned a letter playing football at Illinois throughout its history.

The large-school Illinois high school league that is in the Metro St. Louis area, however, has never sent a player to Illinois from Belleville West.

Kroner: Monticello's Phipps says 'it was all worth it'

MONTICELLO — Bryan Phipps isn’t out to prove anything. That mission already was accomplished.

He isn’t trying to impress anyone. The numbers speak for themselves.

The Monticello High athlete is going to play a basketball game today and then join the ranks of those who derive their enjoyment and pleasure by watching contests from the sidelines or from an armchair.

Saturday's prep highlights: Centennial's Martin tosses gem

In baseball
Rantoul 4-10, Kankakee 1-4. CORD CHURCH (two hits, RBI) and CHRIS DEAVILLE (two RBI) lifted the Eagles in Game 1. KOLTON VERMILLION had three doubles and five RBI in Game 2, TANNER McLAIN adding two hits and two RBI.

Urbana Track and Field Open

A gallery of images from the Urbana High School Track and Field Open on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

SJ-O's Rydell shows way

MONTICELLO — The weather was less than ideal.

Before the meet began, coaches and athletes already were conceding there wouldn’t be many personal bests set and likely no records broken on a day that saw temps fall into the 30s and stretches of light rain as the meet carried on.

Salt Fork's Kimbro a cool customer

TOLONO — Salt Fork’s Jenny Kimbro didn’t require much time to make an impact on the area track and field scene.

Friday night, the freshman needed 15.71 seconds.

In the fourth outdoor meet of her prep career, the 26-school Unity Girls’ Invitational, Kimbro not only won the 100-meter hurdles but also covered the distance in a meet-record time. The previous record was 16.01.

Friday's prep highlights: Stewart, Acklin lift SJ-O

In baseball

SJ-O 9, PBL 4. Jake Stewart went 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBI for visiting St. Joseph-Ogden, which received two doubles and one triple from Louis Acklin. Jonah Wilson had three hits for Paxton-Buckley-Loda.

Hance anticipates summer decision

Jacksonville isn’t a place where a 6-foot-6-inch, 260-pound high school junior is hard to miss.

The west central Illinois town of just under 20,000 residents that sits a half-hour from the state capital of Springfield has a football player the Illinois coaching staff is hoping it won’t miss on.