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Athletes of the Week

Trace McClintock, Oakwood senior, Baseball

Recently: Hit two home runs during a 9-for-16 streak with 11 RBI and picked up a win pitching.

Quote: "I wasn't aware of all I did last week; I'm not usually a power hitter."


Previously unbeaten SJ-O softball falls

STANFORD – Olympia scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand previously unbeaten St. Joseph-Ogden a 2-1 softball loss Monday in a matchup of Class 2A state powers.

Spartans senior Jenna Slifer held Olympia to four hits and struck out six in a pitching duel with Dani Williams.


King, Vikings put on a show

DANVILLE – Morgan King hit for the cycle and drove in nine runs as Danville completed a softball doubleheader sweep with a 16-14 victory against Unity on Saturday.

King had two singles, a double, a triple and a homer. Casey Cromwell added three hits.


Russell, Urbana survive slugfest

URBANA – Trey Russell homered twice, doubled twice and drove in five runs to lead Urbana to a 13-12 baseball victory against Mahomet-Seymour on Friday at Prairie Park.

Jeff Bonilla (three RBI), Bryan Fink (three hits) and Cody Randolph (four hits) also contributed offensively for the Tigers (7-3).


Gardner's late home run lifts Knights

VILLA GROVE – Staci Gardner hasn't had many opportunities to work on her home run trot.

She'd never hit one.

When the Blue Ridge first baseman launched a shot into left-center field in a tie game on Thursday, she didn't take any chances.

"I was running as hard as I could," Gardner said.


Runyen sparks Cerro Gordo

CERRO GORDO – Bailey Runyen had two doubles and three RBI, leading Cerro Gordo to a 10-9 baseball victory against Arcola on Wednesday.

Max Cekander and Brad Forbes each had two RBI for the Broncos (3-6, 1-0 Little Okaw Valley Conference).

LeRoy 5, Tri-Valley 1. Jordan Halm had three hits for the visiting Panthers.


Budget crunch forces area high schools to call audibles

When the current school year ends, so too will an established way of doing things for numerous area high schools.

As schools throughout Illinois await promised state money, the lack of available funding now is forcing many districts to implement cuts as a means to curb spending.


Sabers squeak by Panthers

CHAMPAIGN – St. Thomas More's Taylor Alexander scored the winning run in the eighth inning on a throwing error after walking and stealing second base to propel the Sabers to a 6-5 softball win against Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Tuesday.


Athletes of the Week

Brandon Noe and Hannah Darr are our Athletes of the Week:

Brandon Noe, St. Thomas More senior, track


Area Teams of the Week

FISHER SOFTBALL

The Bunnies have four players maintaining batting averages above .500: Kalli Gosser, Caleigh Hennigh, Shannon Russell and Lindsey Williams.

MONTICELLO BASEBALL