MATTOON – Danville's Josh Viljevac and Cameron Ford won individual titles to help the Vikings finish fifth in the Big 12 boys' track and field meet Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN – Jim Blakely won state football titles as a coach in Florida. But Thursday's accomplishment moves to the top.
Blakely's St. Thomas More softball team stunned previously undefeated St. Joseph-Ogden 10-6.
DANVILLE – They are, depending on your viewpoint, the "perfect 10."
As a group, they are 10 teenage softball players representing eight high schools from throughout East Central Illinois. They are all seniors involved with the same summer team, the East Central Illinois Dynamite, and for the first time since Schlarman coach Randy Skaggs started the program a decade ago, 100 percent of his upcoming graduates will continue in the sport at the next level.
CHAMPAIGN – Kim Vega had a goal and two assists to lead Champaign Central to a 3-0 victory against Danville on Tuesday in prep soccer.
Freshman homers, strikes out five to earn win.
ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden's softball team won its own invite with three lopsided victories Saturday. And gave coach Randy Wolken something to complain about. Just a bit.
"We hit well for the day, not as well as we've been hitting," Wolken said.
RANTOUL – Hanna Mennenga had 16 strikeouts and Paige Harms hit a home run as Rantoul defeated Pontiac 5-3 in the third-place game of the Corn Belt tournament Saturday. Kelsey Gass had three hits for the Eagles.
GIBSON CITY – In a matchup of the final unbeaten softball teams in the Heart of Illinois Conference, Gibson City- Melvin-Sibley stayed that way.
TOLONO – In her years as a multisport athlete, Unity junior Kasie Woodworth has received innumerable pointers.
One of the best bits of advice came from her father, Jeff.
Thanks to a generous greeting from Mother Nature in recent weeks, this could be the year that regional championships are determined in softball and baseball prior to the determination of the conference titlists.
Schools may need to take advantage of a seldom-used IHSA policy that permits regular season games to be played once schools have been eliminated from the postseason series as long as the games take place before the state championship games in their respective sports.