CHAMPAIGN – We often have a short- sided view of high school athletes.
We see them from the narrow perspective of what they accomplish in their sport and that defines our impressions of them.
FITHIAN – Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac's wrestling team will try to clinch its 10th Vermilion County title tonight with a regular season-ending dual meet at Bismarck-Henning. Neither school has lost a match to a county opponent, so the undisputed team title is at stake.
CHAMPAIGN – It was the spring of 2005, but then-Urbana Uni High baseball coach Paul Weilmuenster remembers the tone of resignation in the voice of the opposing coach.
"We were playing one of the Champaign schools," said Weilmuenster, "and Mike (Renner) hit a line-drive home run, and I could hear one of their coaches say, 'Oh, no. We've got three more years of him.' "
Each week, staff writer Marcus Jackson poses five questions to an area prep athlete. This week's guest is Urbana University High's Michael Renner, who is the Illineks' all-time scoring leader in basketball and an outfielder on the Champaign Post 24 American Legion baseball team.
Marissa jumped to a 6-1 lead after three innings and that score stayed on the board for quite some time. Heavy storms hit the Joliet area Friday morning, causing the game to be delayed for three hours.
When the tarp was removed from the field, Tuscola coach Ryan Tabeling knew the long delay wouldn't affect Shaheen Shabrou.
DECATUR – Having won as a decided underdog Thursday, the Centennial baseball team gets a chance to be the favorite today.
The Chargers enter the 1 p.m. Class 3A sectional final against Mount Zion in a unique position: They buried the Braves 16-0 in a regular season game May 7.
JOLIET – They're probably not in the Class 1A semifinals without the right arms of Clayton Meyer and Shaheen Shabrou.
And with the two seniors expected to start a game each at Silver Cross Field, it would have been safe to assume the Tuscola Warriors would be in good shape to claim the area's first state championship in baseball.
JOLIET – The area is still without a state baseball champion.
Tuscola spotted Marissa a 6-0 lead in Friday's Class 1A semifinal and was never able to regroup, falling 10-2 at Silver Cross Field.
DECATUR – If Centennial's Chargers had any trepidation about facing perennial power Chatham Glenwood in a Class 3A sectional semifinal Thursday, those feelings were squashed in a hurry.
The first six Centennial batters scored and the Chargers stunned Glenwood 9-2 at Sunnyside Park to advance to Saturday's 1 p.m. final against Mount Zion (25-8).
DANVILLE – For all the sprints Tuscola coach Ryan Tabeling has made his players run, it was finally good for the Warriors to see their coach show his wheels for once.
When second baseman Jesse Hall fielded a ground ball and flipped it over to John Wienke for the final out of Tuscola's 3-2 Class 1A super-sectional win against Oneida ROWVA on Monday, no one at Danville Stadium reacted as quickly as Tabeling.