WATSEKA — For a Seneca team coming off a 2-1 win in the regional championship, Wednesday's Class 2A Watseka Sectional semifinal matchup against Paxton-Buckley-Loda was quite the contrast.
The Irish put 19 runners on base. The Panthers had 17 girls reach. There were moving parts seemingly on every pitch, a rally practically every inning.
Blue Ridge, senior
Recently: Staff ace and Parkland recruit threw a perfect game — the third of her career — in a 1-0 win against Deer Creek-Mackinaw in a Class 1A regional championship game.
PBL BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD
The Panthers had sectional champions in Andy Thompson (800) and Cory Long (discus) and gained a share of their first postseason team title in the sport when the 1,600 relay — anchored by Hayden Young — placed third.
MAHOMET-SEYMOUR GIRLS' SOCCER
EACH WEEK, WE’LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN PREPS HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTE
This week: The Spartans have a good chance to return to the state softball tournament. They won it all in 2006.
Date: June 4, 2006
LeROY — Perspectives have a way of changing as athletic teams play their games.
Two months ago, if someone had a crystal ball and told Blue Ridge softball coach Wayne Brown his team would win 20 games and a regional championship, a smile would have filled his face.
"I would have been thrilled," Brown said.
N-G Top 10
This week: Softball
TEAM (PREVIOUS) W-L 1. St. Joseph-Ogden (1) 37-0 — 25th straight 20-win season
2. Tuscola (2) 23-6 — First 20-win season since 2008
3. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (6) 27-8 — First 20-win season since 2010
4. Blue Ridge (5) 20-11 — Sixth straight 20-win season
5. Heritage (7) 28-3 — Fourth straight 20-win season
NORMAL — The Danville softball team's bats were held in check by Normal Community's Nicole Nonnemacher in the Ironmen's 10-0 Class 4A regional semifinal win Tuesday.
Nonnemacher limited the Big 12 rival Vikings to one hit in the five-inning contest, improving her record to 22-3.
Jordan Ogle recorded the lone hit for Danville, which concluded its season with an 8-23 record.
URBANA — It was one game out of the 35 Urbana's Tigers have played during this softball season.
Yet Monday's Class 3A regional opener easily mirrored the season: Down, but not out.
Before Urbana batted against visiting rival Champaign Central — before even recording an out — the Tigers were in need of a comeback.
HOOPESTON — A year ago, a junior-laden Paxton-Buckley-Loda softball team fell by a single run to Bismarck-Henning in a regional championship game.
The Panthers never forgot the feeling, with coach Lindsey Alred saying prior to the teams' rematch in the Class 2A Hoopeston Regional championship, "I don't have to bring it up, they were all here."
Class 1A regionals
Heritage 3, Schlarman 1. HILARY SMITH threw a four-hitter, striking out 10 to lift the host Hawks to their first regional title in school history.