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CHAMPAIGN – Joe Parkhill has never been afraid of a little hard work or a challenge. The St. Thomas More senior showed both when he came back from a shoulder separation he suffered during training camp in football season before rehabbing and coming back to run for more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns despite missing the Sabers' first two games.
And he's showing those qualities again with his decision to pass up overtures from smaller schools to continue his athletic career at the college level. Instead of playing football or baseball at a lower level, Parkhill will attempt to earn a spot on the baseball team at Miami (Ohio) as a walk-on.
LISLE – Kyle Golden had two doubles and an RBI and Nathan Tissier scattered three hits over seven innings to lead Schlarman to a 3-2 victory against Bloomington Central Catholic on Saturday at the Benedictine Invitational.
VILLA GROVE – Michael Bird struck out 11 and pitched a complete-game two-hitter to lead Villa Grove past South Piatt 5-1 in Little Okaw Valley baseball action Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN – To Champaign Central right fielder Aaron Beckemeyer, Thursday's baseball doubleheader against rival Centennial had the feel of a Subway Series.
"I guess it was the Bus Series," Beckemeyer said.
DANVILLE – Aaron Lewellyn threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Schlarman defeated Armstrong-Potomac 1-0 in prep baseball Wednesday. Vinnie Miller had two hits and an RBI for the Hilltoppers (6-8, 3-1 Vermilion Valley).
URBANA – Kelsey Choquette and Gretchen Booth scored second-half goals as Urbana pulled away from Mahomet-Seymour 3-1 in a nonconference girls' soccer match Tuesday.
RANTOUL – Hanna Mennenga pitched a no-hitter to lead Rantoul past Urbana 4-3 Monday in prep softball.
Blue Ridge scores 39 runs in sweep
BROADLANDS – Hunter Tweedy pitched six innings of no-hit ball and Cole Judy went 3 for 3 with two doubles as East Central beat Villa Grove 5-2 to move to 5-0 in Little Okaw Valley Conference baseball Saturday. Travis Hawkins added two hits for East Central.
MAHOMET – Hillary Veitch recorded her fourth shutout of the season and Kara Breedlove scored three goals to lift Mahomet-Seymour to an 8-0 Corn Belt Conference girls' soccer victory against Olympia on Thursday.