URBANA — Two of the state's premier high school rugby programs will play a preseason scrimmage against one another at 1 p.m. Saturday on a special-purpose field north of Village Inn Pizza (formerly T.K. Wendl's). La Salette, from Olivet, will play St. Ignatius. The varsity match will be followed by the junior varsity contest at about 2 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON — Four area athletes were chosen for academic all-state recognition by the IHSA.
Picked for the 26-member first team (which consists of 13 boys and 13 girls) is Monticello's SCOTT HUISINGA. He was one of more than 450 students nominated statewide by their schools.
Coach Doug DeWald's squad acquired a second state championship trophy to add to the school's trophy case. The Class 1A wrestling hardware will join the 1996 Class 2A title in football. The second-rated Panthers (27-1) beat schools ranked first, fourth and fifth in the team-dual state finals.
SCHOOL (PREVIOUS) REC. COMMENT
1. LeRoy (1) 27-1 Class 1A state champion
2. Monticello (3) 18-6 Lost in Class 1A Sweet 16
3. Centennial (2) 20-3 Class 2A regional runner-up
4. Argenta-O. (4) 21-3 Class 1A regional runner-up
5. Bismarck-H. (5) 20-10 Class 1A regional runner-up
6. Mahomet-S. (6) 11-10 Class 2A regional third-place finisher
BLOOMINGTON — The LeRoy/Tri-Valley cooperative team doesn't have one individual state wrestling champion. Instead, the Panthers have a team full of champions.
Class 1A wrestling storylines for Monticello's team-dual state tournament debut today (11 a.m.) and for LeRoy's third appearance in four years (also 11 a.m.) in separate quarterfinal matches at Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum:
Should the finals be seeded?
RANTOUL — After four seasons in charge of the Rantoul football program, SHANE CARTER is no longer the Eagles' head coach.
Carter officially resigned from the position Friday after learning earlier last week he would not be retained by the RTHS school board. Carter compiled a 7-29 record during his tenure, which came after he served six seasons as a Rantoul assistant coach.
In boys' basketball
Class 2A regional quarterfinals
G-RF 70, Marshall 59. Matthew Hay scored a game-high-tying 20 points for fourth-seeded Georgetown-Ridge Farm against the top-seeded team at the Casey Regional.
CHAMPAIGN — Dylan Reel said he faced an opponent who was "athletic and strong" in the Class 2A IHSA state championship wrestling match Saturday night at 160 pounds.
However, the Washington High School athlete believed he had one edge on Mahomet-Seymour's Austin Armetta.
CHAMPAIGN — Amid a weekend of triumphs, LeRoy's Justin Meyers had his share of tribulations.
One by one, the seven teammates who accompanied him to the state tournament fell by the wayside in their quest for state championships. Four of them, like Meyers, were seniors.
"It's tough," he said. "They are my best friends. I've grown up with them."