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Team scores three times in second half to edge rival
URBANA – The art of finishing a scoring opportunity in soccer is just that – an art. If it were science, fewer teams would struggle to become proficient in the nuances involved.
DANVILLE – Signs of spring are popping up all over the place, and the soccer field is no different. Danville's girls' team opened its season Saturday with a 2-0 Big 12 Conference win against Urbana.
But, just like the rest of us, the Vikings have had their share of weather-related annoyances this spring. Because of heavy rainfall, the team has been forced indoors for many of its practices.
p>URBANA – For years, the strength of Urbana's soccer programs was the link of continuity in coaching.
You knew Randy Blackman and Craig Huff would be on the Tigers' sidelines, instructing and cajoling and leading in the same manner they've done for years.
CHAMPAIGN – Joseph Choi started playing lacrosse as an eighth-grader in North Carolina. When he moved to Champaign as a high school sophomore, he wanted to continue with the sport.
He joined the Centennial lacrosse club but quickly realized the quality of play wasn't on par with what he had become accustomed to.
The calendar says spring started almost two weeks ago. But folks still are walking around wearing parkas, mittens, knit hats and scarves.
Just take a look inside the Mahomet-Seymour softball dugout.
RANTOUL – St. Joseph-Ogden managed five hits and did not score until extra innings in a 2-1 eight-inning loss to Bradley-Bourbonnais in the championship game of the Rantoul softball tournament Saturday.
The Spartans allowed two runs in the top of the eighth on a triple. SJ-O committed two errors.
BLOOMINGTON – Tuscola's Tyler Carter won the 55-meter hurdles and the long jump Friday at the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic hosted by Illinois Wesleyan.
Carter won the 55 hurdles by 0.02 second, edging Hampshire's Quinn Walker in 7.77 seconds.
FITHIAN – It's not always easy being the best player on the court, and if you have any doubts about that statement, just ask Oakwood senior basketball player Stephanie Denius.
As the area's leading scorer with 667 points this season, Denius was targeted by many teams during games.
The three local Big 12 Conference baseball teams are in three distinct stages of development.
Centennial returns nearly its entire roster from last season's 13-17 team. Urbana has a few key holdovers in Julian Butler, Markus White and Josh Hall to go with some promising sophomores. And Champaign Central is retooling after losing 11 varsity players.
News-Gazette prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner's recap of prep highlights from the recently completed week:
1. Champaign Central boys' basketball. The senior-led Maroons won two of three games and secured a third-place finish in the inaugural Class 3A state tournament.