All Prep Sports Content

All Prep Sports Content

N-G Top 10: Boys' soccer

With several teams in action on Monday, sports editor MATT DANIELS offers up The News-Gazette's first poll of the 2017 season.

RK., TEAM '16 RECORD COMMENT

1. Urbana 19-4-1 Randy Blackman returns for his 32nd season in charge of the Tigers and the Class 2A regional champs last year open Aug. 29 at Rantoul

Thursday's highlights: Spangler leads GCMS girls to win

In boys’ golf

■ At Harrison Park. Hunter Keith and Kevin Clapp both fired a 40 and Cade Herriott was close behind with a 41 to help Bismarck-Henning/Roseville Alvin beat Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 163-179. Clay Bane led all golfers with a 38 and Connor Birky had a 41 for the Falcons. 

Kroner: Monticello's Phipps says 'it was all worth it'

MONTICELLO — Bryan Phipps isn’t out to prove anything. That mission already was accomplished.

He isn’t trying to impress anyone. The numbers speak for themselves.

The Monticello High athlete is going to play a basketball game today and then join the ranks of those who derive their enjoyment and pleasure by watching contests from the sidelines or from an armchair.

Saturday's prep highlights: Centennial's Martin tosses gem

In baseball
Rantoul 4-10, Kankakee 1-4. CORD CHURCH (two hits, RBI) and CHRIS DEAVILLE (two RBI) lifted the Eagles in Game 1. KOLTON VERMILLION had three doubles and five RBI in Game 2, TANNER McLAIN adding two hits and two RBI.

SJ-O's Rydell shows way

MONTICELLO — The weather was less than ideal.

Before the meet began, coaches and athletes already were conceding there wouldn’t be many personal bests set and likely no records broken on a day that saw temps fall into the 30s and stretches of light rain as the meet carried on.

Salt Fork's Kimbro a cool customer

TOLONO — Salt Fork’s Jenny Kimbro didn’t require much time to make an impact on the area track and field scene.

Friday night, the freshman needed 15.71 seconds.

In the fourth outdoor meet of her prep career, the 26-school Unity Girls’ Invitational, Kimbro not only won the 100-meter hurdles but also covered the distance in a meet-record time. The previous record was 16.01.

Friday's prep highlights: Stewart, Acklin lift SJ-O

In baseball

SJ-O 9, PBL 4. Jake Stewart went 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBI for visiting St. Joseph-Ogden, which received two doubles and one triple from Louis Acklin. Jonah Wilson had three hits for Paxton-Buckley-Loda.

Thursday's prep highlights: Centennial baseball tops Urbana

In baseball

Centennial 13, Urbana 3. Centennial took advantage of defensive struggles by Urbana to dart out to a 10-0 lead after two innings thanks to a nine-run second inning and never looked back in a Big 12 road win during Centennial’s conference opener at Prairie Park that lasted six innings.

Five tennis teams to watch, courtesy Matt Daniels

Danville

TYLER ELLIS has familiarized himself with the various Chicago suburbs that host the state meet. That’s because the Vikings senior has qualified for state each of his first three seasons in doubles play.

Wednesday's highlights: Tabb shines for A-L/A-H

In softball
■ A-L/A-H 16, Martinsville 1. Ashley Tabb (double, RBI) went 4 for 5 and struck out eight, leading Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in a five-inning game against host Martinsville.