Girls' Soccer

Girls' Soccer

Bulldogs expect to face revitalized Chargers squad

Today's Class 2A girls' soccer sectional semifinal at Normal West between Centennial and Mahomet-Seymour is a rematch of a March 29 match the Bulldogs won 2-1. It was so long ago, though, it'll have little — if any — bearing on the outcome of today's tilt.

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

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PBL BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD

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.

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MAHOMET-SEYMOUR GIRLS' SOCCER

Beating city rival means everything to Martinez

CHAMPAIGN — A few minutes into Friday's Class 2A regional championship match against Champaign Central, Centennial's Katelynn Martinez got behind the defense and uncorked a laser of a shot. She missed the goal high, and Central's contingent of fans let Martinez have it.

They should have known better than to fire up the Chargers' emotional leader.

Centennial, Central make soccer date

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial took a step closer to its third consecutive regional title.

The Chargers beat Urbana 4-0 and will take on Champaign Central in Friday's Class 2A championship match. The Maroons beat Danville 4-0 earlier Wednesday.

2A Regional Girl's Soccer: Centennial vs. Urbana

Centennial vs. Urbana  in their Class 2A Regional soccer semi-final at Centennial in Champaign on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

2A Regional Girl's Soccer: Central vs. Danville

Champaign Central vs. and Danville in the Class 2A soccer regional semi-final at Centennial in Champaign on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Athletes of the Week: Pearce, Brinkoetter

Ryan Pearce

Villa Grove, junior

Track and field

Recently: Led the Blue Devils to their first league title in 56 years, winning the shot put and the discus and also anchoring the winning 400 and 800 relays to first-place finishes at the Little Okaw Valley Conference meet.

Princeton, injuries end Sabers' run

CHILLICOTHE — Going into Tuesday's Class 1A sectional semifinal match against Princeton, St. Thomas More coach James Johnson knew his team would have to slow town Tigers star Jasmine Kunkel to have a chance. Good idea, but it didn't work.

Kunkel scored in the opening minute of the game and would score the other four goals in leading Princeton to a 5-1 win against the Sabers.

Tuesday's highlights: Central tops rival Centennial

Softball

In Class 1A regionals

Blue Ridge 10, Hartsburg-Emden 0. MELINDA WILSON had two hits, including a three-run home run and drove in four to lead the Knights at Heyworth. LIZ CORDES added two hits with two RBI and winning pitcher JORDAN WHEELER, who fired a one-hitter with eight strikeouts, scored two runs.

STM wins first regional title

CHAMPAIGN — The girls' soccer program at St. Thomas More is gaining a following.

Winning the first regional championship in school history will do that.

The Sabers hoisted postseason hardware of the first time after Friday's 3-1 Class 1A win against Urbana Uni High on the UI campus. The victory sent the large contingent of St. Thomas More fans onto the field in celebration.