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News-Gazette High School Athletes of the Week

Champaign Central baseball player Timmie Johnson and St. Joseph-Ogden softball player Emily Harms are in the spotlight this week


High School Insider

Parkland College women's basketball coach Karrie Redeker has added three more players to her recruiting class, including Decatur MacArthur point guard Tenia Singleton.


High School Teams of the Week

We spotlight four area teams that excelled in the past week


Raymond's decision to specialize paying off for Bulldogs

MAHOMET – In this age of specialization, there are a number of high school coaches who would like to see their athletes concentrate on one sport.

But when Josh Raymond quit basketball last winter to focus on baseball, Mahomet-Seymour baseball coach Nic DiFilippo was not thrilled.


History matters at Central

CHAMPAIGN – For some folks, John Staab's project would be considered drudgery of the highest order.

The Champaign Central baseball coach has researched the history of his program, seeking records and data that would reveal the statistical leaders and standards against which all Central players could be measured.


Wood solid as Rantoul protects turf

URBANA – Mike Wood drove in three runs in a 16-13 win against Urbana and struck out 12 in a complete-game effort in a 15-3 win against Westville as Rantoul won Saturday's round-robin baseball tournament.


Outburst helps Buffaloes rally

WESTVILLE – Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning to wipe out a 3-1 deficit en route to a 12-3 baseball victory against Westville on Friday. A.J. Pitmon went 2 for 3 and drove in four runs for the Buffaloes. Nathan Ross had two hits, two RBI and scored twice in the win. G-RF/Chrisman's 13-hit attack included two hits by Kody Kidwell and Travis Digby's homer.


Parkhill, Sabers roll to baseball win

GILMAN – Joe Parkhill, Dane Krone and Mack Meyer each pounded out four hits for St. Thomas More in the Sabers' 23-3 baseball win against Iroquois West on Thursday. Parkhill's four-hit effort included a home run and Parker Stewart went 3 for 4 and stole two bases for the Sabers in the five-inning contest.


Big 12 teams remain optimistic

Spring break for the Urbana baseball team wasn't as relaxing as some folks enjoyed.

Off the field, the Tigers had a great time in Orlando, Fla., taking in the sights and sounds of Disney World and all of its accoutrements. On the field, the Tigers struggled to an 0-4 trip, which largely served to identify what they have ahead of them: a lot of work.


Local indoor facilities a big hit

Outside of about three months in the year, the weather for baseball can be classified as wild card at best.

June, July, August. Those are the months you can pretty much bank on getting in all of your baseball games in this part of the country. The others, not so much.