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Thomas clan makes presence felt in Purple Riders victory

CATLIN – There's no doubting the value of the contributions from the Thomases this spring for Arcola's varsity softball team.

Sisters Taylor and Mackenzie Thomas, who play on opposite corners of the infield, are two of the Purple Riders' six .300 hitters.

Buffaloes come out on top, but success is had all around

CATLIN – Seven schools competed in Tuesday's Vermilion Valley Conference boys' track and field meet. Four schools can stake a claim to having had the most success in some capacity.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman led the point parade (132) with its total equally distributed between the running and field events (66-66).

Query's late burst quenches M-S thirst

CHAMPAIGN – On a day of Honor Roll excellence, Mahomet-Seymour senior Hanna Query was one of the brightest stars.

In the meet-ending 1,600-meter relay at the 27th News-Gazette Honor Roll track and field meet, Query took the baton for her team's third leg trailing Danville by approximately 35 meters.

Eagles hire Carter as football coach

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Township High School board voted 4-2 Monday to hire former Eagle Shane Carter as varsity football coach. Carter was an assistant under Trevor Lehnen, who resigned to take the head coaching job at Morton.

Substitution pays dividends for Groves

CHAMPAIGN – When Centennial's Davin Dollison pulled out of the 300-meter hurdles a few minutes before the event, meet officials asked if anyone wanted to take his place. Danville coach Steve Luke volunteered David Groves.

Smart move. Groves ran away with the title and set a personal record in the process.

Carter's the name, winning's the game

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Central's James Carter and Tuscola's Tyler Carter insist they're not a part of the same family.

Still, the two track stars did their surname proud Monday at the 27th annual News-Gazette Honor Roll meet on the University of Illinois campus.

Denius, Popejoy do double duty

CHAMPAIGN – The expectation for athletes who have done well all season is that they will continue to excel in The News-Gazette Honor Roll track and field meet.

Stephanie Denius, an Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac athlete who has qualified for state in three events, has had a banner senior season, but she wasn't brimming with confidence entering Monday meet.

Upperclassmen continue to make good calls on track

MAHOMET – Success stories abound in high school track and field.

Performances by Mahomet-Seymour senior Blake Sorensen, Fisher senior Jared Hayden and Urbana University High junior Malcolm Taylor in Saturday's Bulldog Invitational are proof of that.

Centennial claims Big 12 tennis crown

NORMAL – David Ruedi breezed to a win at No. 1 singles to lead Centennial to the title at the Big 12 Tennis Championships.

Ruedi combined with Quinn Miller to take the No. 1 doubles title. Miller also provided a spark for the Chargers, taking the crown at No. 2 singles.

SJ-O erases result from its memor

PAXTON – After a disappointing 2007 girls' track and field season, St. Joseph-Ogden wanted to prove it would again belong among the state's best.

The Spartans did just that with a come-from-behind Class 1A sectional title, edging Monticello by 10 points, on the night's final race with a meet record in the 1,600-meter relay.