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Villa Grove OKs limited sports co-op with Heritage

VILLA GROVE — The Villa Grove school board on Monday approved a limited co-op with some sports to be shared with the Heritage school district.

While a majority of the Villa Grove board supports a full co-op, some members said they wanted more information before reaching that decision.


Monday's prep highlights: Reinbold powers Sages in soccer

MATTOON — Emma Reinbold had a hat trick, leading Monticello to a 3-1 victory against Mattoon on Monday in girls’ soccer.
Sages keeper Elizabeth McGiles recorded nine saves.

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Saturday's prep highlights: Jimson-Miller breaks own mark

In girls’ track & field

At Champaign. Danville won three events, including two by Alexus Jimson-Miller, en route to finishing second in the 37-team Gene Armer Invitational girls’ meet at the University of Illinois Armory.


Friday's prep highlights: Unity edges LeRoy in baseball

In baseball
Cissna Park 5, Fisher 3. The host Timberwolves were limited to three hits but took advantage of four Fisher errors to win their opener. Beau Anderson and Alex Rabe each had one hit and one RBI for Cissna Park. Kyle Williams and Tate Estes had two hits and one RBI apiece for the Bunnies.


Thursday's prep highlights: Finke earns all-state honors

MOLINE — Centennial basketball player Michael Finke was selected to The Associated Press all-state first team in Class 3A.

The all-state team, voted on by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters, was announced Thursday.


Bulletin Board: Referees on way to state tourneys

PEORIA — Three officials from the Champaign-based Illinois Basketball Officials Association were selected by the IHSA to work tournament games this weekend in the 1A and 2A state finals at the Peoria Civic Center.


Gross lets his game do the talking

BEMENT — Back in the day, Rich Gross was a 2,000-point career scorer in basketball for Sheldon High School.

Three decades later, some 60 miles to the southwest, the family tradition continues.

Connor Gross — who was introduced to the sport as a youngster by his father, Rich — led the area in scoring as a sophomore at Bement and ranks No. 1 again as a junior.


Bulletin Board: Heritage softball star selects Kankakee

BROADLANDS — Heritage’s Stephanie Sanderson, an All-Area second-team selection as a junior outfielder, will play softball at Kankakee Community College. Sanderson batted .535 (61 for 114) for a 28-4 team. She also stole 33 bases and was fourth in the area in runs (57).


The Bulletin Board: Illineks impress

Uni swimmers excel in finale
Despite not qualifying for state, Uni High had a series of banner performances in Saturday’s girls’ sectional swim meet at Unit 4 Pool.


Danville's Robinson to play for Southern Miss

DANVILLE — Area Baseball Player of the Year Chuckie Robinson, a senior catcher at Danville High School, gave an oral commitment to Southern Mississippi last week.