Coach of the year: Scott Davis, Champaign Central
DANVILLE — Saturday was "a pretty nice day to be a Warrior," Tuscola baseball coach Duff Hoel said.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The Urbana Uni High doubles team of Alex Mestre and Edo Roth advanced to the quarterfinals of the IHSA state tourney Friday before finally losing.
It took the top-seeded duo to end their winning ways. It took a tiebreaker to decide the first set, too, as the Illineks tandem refused to go down without a fight.
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.
TUSCOLA — Sophomore Broc Smith, from Tuscola, left last week's News-Gazette Honor Roll meet as the winner of the 200-meter dash. A day later, he learned his time was a meet record.
URBANA — Needing a miracle to win its third consecutive sectional tennis title, Champaign Central got it, from a pair of injured players. Austin Aten and Ryan Smith delivered.
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SCHLARMAN BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD
With 10 of 11 squad members who competed scoring points, Hilltoppers went from last in the Vermilion Valley Conference the past three years to first place. Jesse Hahne set a record in the 1,600 meters (4:30.9), and Andrew Kelly (high jump) and John O'Brien (3,200) were also triumphant.
In Class 1A regionals
Blue Ridge 10, Hartsburg-Emden 0. MELINDA WILSON had two hits, including a three-run home run and drove in four to lead the Knights at Heyworth. LIZ CORDES added two hits with two RBI and winning pitcher JORDAN WHEELER, who fired a one-hitter with eight strikeouts, scored two runs.
Unity 6, Monticello 4. AUSTIN FENDER outdueled Monticello's JACOB WILLIAMS, picking up the win in a three-hit, 10-strikeout effort while pitching around four errors. The Sages made three errors behind Williams, who allowed four hits and struck out 11. CONNOR GRACE had an RBI double for the Rockets.
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