CHAMPAIGN — The state of softball in the city of Champaign is improving.
"I don't remember the last time Centennial could say, 'We're No. 1 in the conference,'" said junior catcher Rebekah Bamert, whose two-out, walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the clincher Thursday in the Chargers' 10-9 triumph over visiting Urbana.
"That lifts our spirits."
Urbana 3, Champaign Central 0. CONNER GREMER pitched a one-hitter for the host Tigers, striking out five. Urbana scored all three runs in the bottom of the fifth. TANNER GOSLIN had the lone hit for the Maroons.
n Fisher 9, GCMS 8. TATE ESTES had three hits and TAW FREDRICKSON had two, including a triple, for the visiting Bunnies. AXEL DORAN had three hits for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley.
n Armstrong-Potomac 1, Schlarman 1. The Trojans and the Hilltoppers are tied after 13 innings. The game will resume on May 9.
Rantoul 4, Pontiac 0. TERRY DEAVILLE improved to 5-0 in tossing a no-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead the host Eagles. KELLY FOSTER and RYNE WORTHINGTON each had two hits.
The Sages' (11-4) winning streak hit five as they started 2-0 in the Okaw Valley Conference. In one league game, Nick Stokowski homered in a game Jacob Williams won. In the other, Williams homered in a game Stokowski won.
CHAMPAIGN CENTRAL GIRLS' SOCCER
1. St. Joseph-Ogden 17-0 — Spartans have six shutouts
2. Tuscola 14-2 — Warriors have three shutouts
3. Mahomet-Seymour 16-5 — Bulldogs have three shutouts
4. Monticello 14-3 — Sages have six shutouts
5. Blue Ridge 13-3 — Knights have five shutouts
6. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 12-5 — Falcons have six shutouts
Centennial 12, MacArthur 2. Lucas Stefan and Ryan McCuskey each had three hits and three RBI for the Chargers (13-2) in a five-inning home win. Drey Goddard held the Generals to three hits.
Once upon a time, in a rural Midwestern town some would call a sleepy community, a woman accompanied her husband to a high school basketball game.
They had no children playing, coaching or serving as cheerleaders.
Before the first half was completed, the woman was appalled and aghast. It had nothing to do with the quality of play on the court.
In track & field
At Monticello. Monticello standout Steve Schroeder pulled double duty for the first time this season during the Monticello Boys Invitational on Friday.
Schroeder swept the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. He took the 3,200 with a meet-record time of 9 minutes, 23.35 seconds and won the 1,600 in 4:30.
Rantoul 7, Olympia 1. The visiting Eagles got two hits and four RBI from MARTY MENNENGA and TERRY DEAVILLE had three hits and two RBI.