Bulletin Board: Heritage softball star selects Kankakee

BROADLANDS — Heritage’s Stephanie Sanderson, an All-Area second-team selection as a junior outfielder, will play softball at Kankakee Community College. Sanderson batted .535 (61 for 114) for a 28-4 team. She also stole 33 bases and was fourth in the area in runs (57).

The Bulletin Board: Illineks impress

Uni swimmers excel in finale
Despite not qualifying for state, Uni High had a series of banner performances in Saturday’s girls’ sectional swim meet at Unit 4 Pool.

Bulletin board: Rantoul opens Hall doors

Three former Rantoul High School athletes will be enshrined in the school's Hall of Fame during Friday's home football game against Olympia. The inductees are Sean Bubin, Ali Franzen Vander Tuuk and Gary Buhr.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Hildreth leads M-S

In girls' golf

At Atlanta. Brooklyn Hildreth claimed medalist honors with a 41 to lead Mahomet-Seymour to victory in a three-team meet that included Olympia and Pontiac at North Greens Golf Course.

The Bulldogs' Emily Trolia was runner-up with a 45, and teammate Amber Tabaka was another stroke back.

Skaggs moves on to DACC

DANVILLE — Challenges are as much a part of Randy Skaggs' coaching resume as success. A new one awaits.

Skaggs will take over as the softball head coach at Danville Area Community College. He replaces Dave Strebin, who resigned after three seasons.

Preps Year In Review: Blaase, Schroeder show way

What a school year! State championship teams, state championship individuals, top-ranked teams. Underclassmen who have already committed to Division I universities. Athletes who are being wooed by Division I coaches. Some memories are still vivid in our minds. Some had almost been forgotten.

Danville, Monticello feel enrollment sting

Last year, schools such as Clinton, Danville, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, St. Thomas More and Tuscola were among the ones upset with the IHSA's postseason assignments, which are based on enrollments.

This year, Danville and Monticello are among the ones unhappy with how the enrollment breaks worked out.

2012 All Area Softball Team

Portraits of Central Illinois's top softball players as selected by The News-Gazette sports staff

Winds of change blowing through Okaw Valley Conference

MONTICELLO — The Okaw Valley Conference will start its 87th year of competition in August.

It won't be the last year for the venerable league, but it likely will be the next-to-last in its current 12-school setup.

Softball Coach of the Year: SJ-O's Randy Wolken


SJ-O's Randy Wolken

Why: State's all-time winningest softball coach (859 and counting entering Year 34) directed top-ranked St. Joseph-Ogden to an area record for wins in a season (41) and the longest area winning streak to start a season (40 games).