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Former Centennial star balancing time between Olympic Trials and MCATs

CHAMPAIGN – Payton Johnson's schedule these days is such that she'll get to spend a couple of days this weekend in Champaign for her brother's wedding.

That doesn't mean the Michigan senior-to-be – bound for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the end of the month – will be out of the water for long.


Centennial's Miller, Ruedi a near-perfect pairing

CHAMPAIGN – Some things just go well together.

Bacon and eggs. Peanut butter and jelly. Kermit and Miss Piggy. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.


Hoey's uplifting spirit carries over to success on the field

TUSCOLA – When Kelsi Hoey is not receiving the cheers, she is leading them.

There have been plenty of opportunities for applause throughout the school year at Tuscola, both for three-sport athlete Hoey and for many of the Warriors' athletic teams.


Moving to Iowa, John Wienke still is thinking about Tuscola

TUSCOLA – He's called only Tuscola home for his 18 years. But tonight, John Wienke is leaving home to begin his college football career at Iowa.

And with his dad and former coach Stan Wienke set to continue his coaching career at Waterloo West High in the Hawkeye state, home has a new address.


News and notes from Friday's action in Joliet

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.


Chargers see a reversal of roles

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.


Warriors can't dwell on past with third place in reach

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.


Tuscola falls in state semifinal game

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.


Early cushion, lights-out pitching from Wachtel are enough

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).


Future looks bright for young Vikings despite loss

LINCOLN – One high school has won 30 softball games this season.

The other has 32 wins during the past two years.