DANVILLE — Saturday was "a pretty nice day to be a Warrior," Tuscola baseball coach Duff Hoel said.
NORMAL — Mahomet-Seymour knocked off Big 12 champion Bloomington on Thursday.
Its reward is the top seed — and regional host — in Normal West in Saturday's championship game.
WATSEKA — Before Thursday's Class 2A sectional semifinal against Kankakee Bishop McNamara, St. Joseph-Ogden coach Randy Wolken said his team was in for a "terribly tough" game.
His premonition was correct, and it took a bold decision to help the Spartans squeak through to the Watseka Sectional final.
BUFFALO — Seven innings, three hits allowed, six strikeouts and no walks was Hilary Smith's stat line in Heritage's sectional semifinal Wednesday.
In any other matchup, she could have easily won the game. Against Cumberland, ranked 11th in the final Class 1A coaches poll, it was only enough to force extra innings.
RANTOUL — Left-handed batters in softball are often pigeonholed into a stereotype.
Most of the time, they're slap hitters who use their speed to push a hit toward third base or get on with a bunt.
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.