CHAMPAIGN – There's a reason baseball isn't a winter sport.
That wasn't always evi-dent Saturday, when self-preservation occasionally took priority over hits, runs and errors.
CHAMPAIGN – Neil Hamilton needed a few extra swings in the on-deck circle to get loose before each at-bat Friday. The 32-degree temperature, brisk wind and flurries made it difficult to get warmed up and stay warm. Once he was loose, though, the second baseman was unstoppable at the plate.
Hamilton went 3 for 3 and scored two runs, leading Centennial to a 9-2 victory against Kankakee. Collin DeDecker and designated hitter Dan Plecki also scored two runs for the Chargers. DeDecker was 2 for 4. Plecki went 3 for 4.
The news item came across last week as inconspicuous, but perhaps it shouldn't have.
GEORGETOWN – Caleb Taylor went 3 for 4 to lead Salt Fork to a 12-2 prep baseball victory against Georgetown-Ridge Farm on Wed-nesday.
Taylor added two RBI. The Storm's 13-hit attack also included three hits and two RBI from Justin Learnard. Bryn Eakle and Kyle Koerting added two hits and two RBI for the Storm.
CHAMPAIGN – The old adage that size doesn't matter doesn't quite fit Mary Regan.
The four-year varsity player on the Centennial girls' soccer team actually uses her small stature – she's only 5-foot – to her advantage in most situations, using her superior ball skills, vision and speed.
CHAMPAIGN – With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Trent Richardson came to the plate for the St. Thomas More baseball team.
His line drive to left field scored two runs to clinch an 8-5 win against previously undefeated Hoopeston Area in St. Thomas More's home opener earlier this week.
URBANA – Laura Taylor's not one to tell stories out of school, but she has a pertinent one about the in-school exploits of Matt Rosenberger.
The Urbana High School principal recently visited a chemistry class where Rosenberger is one of the students.
MAHOMET – Amanda Greco scored two first-half goals to help visiting Champaign Central to a 2-1 victory against Mahomet-Seymour in girls soccer Tuesday. Ann Pataky made four saves for the Maroons.
Cat England-Sullivan scored for Mahomet-Seymour.