When the current school year ends, so too will an established way of doing things for numerous area high schools.
As schools throughout Illinois await promised state money, the lack of available funding now is forcing many districts to implement cuts as a means to curb spending.
CHAMPAIGN – St. Thomas More's Taylor Alexander scored the winning run in the eighth inning on a throwing error after walking and stealing second base to propel the Sabers to a 6-5 softball win against Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Tuesday.
Brandon Noe and Hannah Darr are our Athletes of the Week:
Brandon Noe, St. Thomas More senior, track
A look at the top girls' soccer teams (Note: There are only nine area teams.) Records are through Monday:
1. Centennial 3-0
— Six seniors on 18-player roster
2. Urbana 3-0
— Six seniors on 13-player roster
3. Champaign Central 1-0-1
— Seven seniors on 17-player roster
CHAMPAIGN – The names and faces will be familiar: Nora Al-Qadi, Jenna Eaton, Megan Hinds, Micaela McLennand.
But that doesn't mean the Centennial girls' soccer team will be easily recognized on the field.
DANVILLE – Blake Janesky scattered four hits in six innings and Danville broke the game open with a three-run fifth inning in a 6-2 baseball victory against Paris on Monday.
Derrick Cunningham, Justin March and Cody Burton each had two hits for the Vikings (4-4). Janesky, who struck out six, improved to 3-0.
URBANA – Theresa Welle won the 3,200-meter run, Jade Brinkoetter captured the triple jump and Kathryn Boyer was victorious in the pole vault to lead St. Thomas More to the title of the Champaign County girls' track and field meet Saturday.
The Sabers scored 109 to edge Urbana and Centennial, which tied for second. Urbana's Lateshia Dove won the 100 and the 400.
PAXTON – Imagine what Brandon Noe can accomplish if there's someone to push him.
The St. Thomas More senior was unchallenged in Thursday's nine-school Paxton-Buckley-Loda Invitational track and field meet, winning the discus by nearly 70 feet (over teammate Ben Dodds) and the shot put by a margin of more than 16 feet.
CHAMPAIGN – Nora Al-Qadi scored in the second minute and Centennial went on to a season-opening 2-0 victory against Urbana Uni High in girls' prep soccer Tuesday.
Grace Ayodele scored in the second half. Keeper Micaela McLennand made two saves. Uni's Eunjung Kim had eight saves.
St. Thomas More 2, Judah Christian 1. Ellie McGrew scored from Ashley Cox in the second half for the decisive goal. The host Sabers also got a first-half goal from Jade Brinkoetter, with Cox assisting.
FITHIAN – Hilary Smith pitched a no-hitter and Lindsey Nickelson went 3 for 4, leading Heritage to a five-inning 12-0 softball victory against Oakwood on Tuesday.
PBL 15, IW 0. Liz Satterlee pitched a five-inning, one-hit shutout and was backed by 11 hits as Paxton-Buckley-Loda rolled past Iroquois West at Gilman.
Catlyn Ekstrom and Brittany Walder each had two hits and two RBI for the Panthers.