Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner takes a look at the top area teams:
n Centennial 5, Olympia 2. Starting pitcher Josh Manolakes struck out five, with both runs off him unearned, to lead the Chargers (9-1) to a road win. Cully Wilson had two hits for Centennial.
n St. Thomas More 5, Central A&M 2. Braxton Parisi went 2 for 3 and Cam Deedrich drove in two runs for the Sabers in a road win.
Urbana 5, Rantoul 0. Conner Gremer pitched a no-hitter and struck out six to lead the Tigers to a road win. Tanner Russell had four hits, including a double and triple, and scored three runs for Urbana.
St. Thomas More 12, Iroquois West 2. Winning pitcher Austin Tabeling (3-0) scattered four hits in his five-inning complete game at home. Tabeling went 3 for 3 with four RBI to support his cause, and teammate Storm Joop scored three runs. Sean Sullivan tripled and Mike Rubenacker doubled for the Sabers.
St. Joseph-Ogden 2-12, Danville 1-2. LOUIS ACKLIN scattered four hits in six innings to pick up the win for the host Spartans in Game 1. ANDY BENSYL put SJ-O ahead with a two-run double in the third. In the nightcap, AARON WOLLER had three hits (two doubles) and three RBI to pace the SJ-O offense. HUNTER HART added two hits and two RBI.
Centennial 12, Apollo Ridge (Pa.) 1. Finishing off a 4-0 Florida trip, the Chargers got four hits and four RBI from LUCAS STEFAN and a solid pitching effort from DREY GODDARD (seven strikeouts in six innings) in Port St. Lucie.
JONATHON SHERRICK and CULLY WILSON each added two hits and an RBI for Centennial (6-0).
Heritage 15, Oakwood 1. HILARY SMITH went the distance for the visiting Hawks, allowing three hits with 12 strikeouts in five innings.
Villa Grove 7, Unity 5. Winning pitcher LIZZY SMITH struck out 13 and recorded three hits to power the host Blue Devils. LACY PRUITT homered for the Rockets.
St. Joseph-Ogden 9-12, Cumberland 3-2. The host Spartans got seven hits, a homer, three RBI and two stolen bases from STEPHANIE CANFIELD en route to a sweep. ELIZABETH EVERINGHAM picked up the win in the opener and added six hits and eight RBI.
Monticello 13, Arcola 0. Winning pitcher NICK STOKOWSKI tossed a five-inning no-hitter, striking out 13 for the visiting Sages.
Champaign Central 6, Kankakee 5. The host Maroons scored five runs early and held on for the victory when center fielder Lucas Wilson threw out the potential game-tying run to end the game.
BLOOMINGTON — On a different day, Centennial High School might have had the two best hurdlers in the Big 12 Conference.
On Tuesday, the Chargers had to settle for the best hurdler, with the knowledge that other day may never arrive.