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N-G Athletes of the Week: Hedrick, Hoel

Athletes of the Week

Jamie Hedrick

Rantoul, Softball


Recently: Staff ace passed the 200-strikeout mark for the season, helping the Eagles win a regional championship with complete-game efforts against Centennial and Mahomet-Seymour. During the team's stretch run, her ERA is about 1.00.

N-G Teams of the Week

Teams of the Week



Eagles (19-18) trailed 2-0 after one inning and 5-2 going into the seventh against a Mahomet-Seymour team they had traded regular season wins against. Jada Walker, Kalista Lutes, Sarah Hunt and Grace Bjornbak scored in the late-game comeback that produced a Class 3A regional title.

Trophy cases

Three area teams are Final Four-bound, including two from Tuscola.

A closer look at the group, courtesy prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner:


Noon Friday vs. Lena-Winslow

at O'Brien Field, Peoria

Seniors carry Tuscola baseball team to state

CHAMPAIGN — Last week, Jacob Barr, Josh Brookins, Dillon Hoel, Jimmy Knight, Philip Meyer and T.J. Onstott were trying to help their Tuscola High School baseball team continue its postseason run.

This week, things have changed.

They are now attempting to help their alma mater do well.

Vikings get big lift from McQuown

CHAMPAIGN — If you thought Gary Gritton was holding his breath during a tense seventh inning Saturday at McKinley Field, you should have seen the Danville High School baseball coach afterward.

The sight of several of his Vikings players toting the game's hero — 6-foot-2, 265-pound Tanner McQuown — on their shoulders did no favors for Gritton's blood pressure, either.

Tuscola teams have reason to celebrate

DANVILLE — Saturday was "a pretty nice day to be a Warrior," Tuscola baseball coach Duff Hoel said.

Bales delivers in bunches for Chargers

CHAMPAIGN — If you're puzzled a bit about how to pronounce Gered Bales' first name — it's JER RED — feel free to call the Centennial catcher Bubba.

"It's the nickname that my grandma and sister call me," Bales said.

Bulldogs gain confidence

NORMAL — Mahomet-Seymour knocked off Big 12 champion Bloomington on Thursday.

Its reward is the top seed — and regional host — in Normal West in Saturday's championship game.

Four-run seventh rallies Tuscola

DANVILLE — Jacob Barr's two-run triple keyed a four-run seventh-inning rally as Tuscola beat LeRoy 8-5 in Class 1A sectional action Wednesday. Barr entered the game in the sixth inning to relieve starter Dillon Hoel (10 strikeouts) and wound up the winning pitcher.

"This group of seniors is accustomed to playing under pressure," Tuscola coach Duff Hoel said. "They never said die."

Teams of the Week: PBL boys' track & field in spotlight



The Panthers had sectional champions in Andy Thompson (800) and Cory Long (discus) and gained a share of their first postseason team title in the sport when the 1,600 relay — anchored by Hayden Young — placed third.