Softball

Softball

Tuscola teams have reason to celebrate

DANVILLE — Saturday was "a pretty nice day to be a Warrior," Tuscola baseball coach Duff Hoel said.

Bulldogs gain confidence

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.

Spartans squeeze out 'tough' win

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.

Extra effort not enough for Heritage

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.

Bulldogs turn left for victory

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.

PBL misses opportunity

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.

Athletes of the Week: Wheeler and Vaughn

Jordan Wheeler

Blue Ridge, senior

Softball

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.

Teams of the Week: PBL boys' track & field in spotlight

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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.

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MAHOMET-SEYMOUR GIRLS' SOCCER

Memory Lane: SJ-O softball

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

Blue Ridge, Wheeler catch bad break

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.