CHAMPAIGN – Dagny Olson's reputation preceded her arrival on the Centennial girls' soccer team, so managing to do something that would surprise anyone on the team was a tough task.
But during an early-season tournament, Olson somehow pulled it off.
As the spring sports season winds down, the notebook fills up ...
– One of my favorite stories of the spring belongs to Demetrius Carr.
At the start of the indoor track and field season, the Centennial junior was triple jumping in the range of 38 feet, nothing particularly special.
MAHOMET – This was one of those seasons that Centennal hoped would never end.
It did end, however, after the Chargers' girls' soccer team fell to Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 3-2 in Monday's Class 2A sectional semifinal. But the sting of defeat was surrounded by the ache that this group won't be together again.
CHAMPAIGN – The second Battle of Champaign in 2010 played out almost exactly as the first.
And for Centennial's Chargers, that was just fine, thank you.
Top-seeded Centennial held off Champaign Central 1-0 on Saturday to capture a Class 2A regional crown, scoring on Jenna Eaton's header off a corner kick less than 7 minutes into the game.
CHAMPAIGN – Mick Galeski's halftime speech to his Champaign Central soccer team Tuesday might not have been fit for every audience.
For a bit, Galeski probably wondered if it was even fit for his current audience.
Cameron Ford, Danville, Senior, Track
Recently: Was a two-event winner in the Big 12 Conference meet, winning the shot put and discus and helping the Vikings finish in second place.
Quote: "This is my third year to win discus, and I wanted to win shot in my career."
HERSCHER – Erika Belmont scored goals in each half as Urbana University High beat Reed-Custer 4-0 in a Class 1A girls' soccer regional semifinal Saturday. Belmont, padding her team-high goals total to 11, gave Uni High the lead for good on a penalty kick.
Eunjung Kim made seven saves for the second-seeded Illineks, who move on to meet top-seeded Herscher.
MATTOON – Cameron Ford posted two of Danville's four wins in the Big 12 Conference boys' track and field meet Thursday.
Ford won the shot put, defeating Centennial's Matt Strack by a half-inch with an effort of 54 feet, 8 1/2 inches. Ford also won the discus with a toss of 163-6.
Jason Ziegler, Junior, Mahomet-Seymour Baseball
Recently: Lefty pitched his first career no-hitter against Normal University High in a Corn Belt Conference tournament game. At 6-1, he is a big reason why M-S won the Corn Belt regular season title.
Each week, The News-Gazette ranks the top 10 teams in a spring sport. This week's topic: girls' soccer.
TEAM (PREVIOUS) RECORD
1. Centennial (1) 16-4 — Top seed in upcoming 2A Centennial Regional
2. Champaign Central (3) 9-5-3 — Galeski's crew loaded with talent, experience