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Eisenhower's Jackson energized a basketball team – and a community

DECATUR – Jay-Z spits rhymes from the stereo of the decade-old Chevy Cavalier. Lewis Jackson nods to a thumping beat, almost in a state of hypnosis.

Lull him to sleep and he could still find his way home in this city. He knows these streets, crowded by more kids than cars as students exit Eisenhower High School, like the back of the left hand he rests atop the steering wheel.

McMillan hits her stride

ARTHUR – Arthur sprinter Stacie McMillan helped lead the Knights to a second-place team finish Friday at the 12-team Arthur Invitational.

McMillan anchored the winning 400-meter relay team (53.3 seconds) that beat second-place Neoga by more than three seconds (56.7).

Tigers' big finish proves enjoyable

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.

Mother Nature not slowing Danville's race to success

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.

Huff, Stephens keep program connected to ex-coach Blackman

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.

Lacrosse club hopes to take sport to new level in central Illinois

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 cold, hard facts: It's difficult to play ball when you're shivering

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.

SJ-O falls in tourney final

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.

Carter dominates at Top Times meet

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.

Denius sees good results on the court

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.