MAHOMET – It's hard to believe that Destiny Carter nearly walked away from all of this. A year ago, the Danville track sensation was at home, fed up with the daily grind that included workouts and answering to coaches.
"I just got tired of it all," Carter said.
MATTOON – Cameron Ford posted two of Danville's four wins in the Big 12 Conference boys' track and field meet Thursday.
Ford won the shot put, defeating Centennial's Matt Strack by a half-inch with an effort of 54 feet, 8 1/2 inches. Ford also won the discus with a toss of 163-6.
Something special has been taking place during this spring's track and field season.
Individual marks that have stood for decades have not only been threatened but also shattered repeatedly by area athletes.
MONTICELLO – Hannah Smith had two goals and an assist as Monticello opened its Class 1A soccer regional with a 5-0 victory against Meridian on Tuesday.
Samantha Terstriep added a goal and an assist for the Sages (8-7-2), who will host top-seeded Rochester at 11 a.m. Saturday. Lia Templeman and Emma Reinbold also scored for Monticello.
CATLIN – Reruns are seldom as interesting and entertaining as the original version, but Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac's girls' track and field team didn't accept that view Tuesday.
Four days after winning the Vermilion County meet at Catlin, the Comets returned to the same track for an almost-identical meet.
Jason Ziegler, Junior, Mahomet-Seymour Baseball
Recently: Lefty pitched his first career no-hitter against Normal University High in a Corn Belt Conference tournament game. At 6-1, he is a big reason why M-S won the Corn Belt regular season title.
CHAMPAIGN – Forgive Jade Ackerman if he's not exactly jumping for joy when St. Thomas More track and field teammate Brandon Noe uncorks one of his epic throws in the discus. The guy just wants a little bit of love, too.
CENTENNIAL BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD
The Chargers won 10 events, scored nearly as many points as the other three teams combined and won the Twin City championship won by 42 1/2 points.
With the girls' soccer playoffs getting under way, staff writer Marcus Jackson offers storylines for five different spring sports postseasons:
PAXTON – Alex Hargus captured the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs to lead St. Joseph-Ogden to the Sangamon Valley Conference boys' track and field title Monday.
Brandon Noe (shot put, meet-record 191 feet, 4 inches in discus) and Jade Ackerman (100, 200) won two events for runner-up St. Thomas More. Ackerman set meet records in both events.