TYLER ELLIS has familiarized himself with the various Chicago suburbs that host the state meet. That’s because the Vikings senior has qualified for state each of his first three seasons in doubles play.
■ A-L/A-H 16, Martinsville 1. Ashley Tabb (double, RBI) went 4 for 5 and struck out eight, leading Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in a five-inning game against host Martinsville.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 1, PBL 0. Hunter Hart struck out 14 while throwing a no-hitter, outdueling freshman Jonathon Walder to lead the Spartans to a home win. SJ-O scored the game’s lone run in the third when Josh Poulter stole two bases and reached home on Jordan Buhs’ single.
SALT FORK SOFTBALL
The Storm (5-1) enjoyed a 5-0 week thanks to an offensive attack that generated 75 hits — Camaryn Todd had more than 10 — including home runs by Lea Hall (three) and Emilie McFadden (two). Peyton Meade won three of the games, one by shutout.
G-RF/CHRISMAN BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD
N-G Top 10
This week: Girls’ soccer
SCHOOL (W-L) COMMENT
1. Mahomet-Seymour (6-2) Outscored opponents 17-6
2. Champaign Central (5-2) Outscored opponents 18-4
3. Centennial (0-2) Outscored by opponents 8-1
4. St. Thomas More (3-3) Outscored opponents 12-7
Track and field
Recently: Became the seventh area athlete in history to clear 15 feet in the pole vault, winning the Harold Jester Meet at that height.
In your own words: “I don’t feel like it’s that high yet. I feel like I’m going low. I’m definitely not satisfied — 15 feet is not where I want to be yet.”
Senior Ryan Pearce hopes to continue his record-setting assault on the school’s list of all-time bests this year.
The defending outdoor shot put state champion owns the school mark (57-01/2) and could break into the all-time area top 15 if he increases that distance by 5 inches. His goal is to break the Class 1A state-meet outdoor record (59-2).
70th Urbana meet Saturday
URBANA — The 70th Urbana Open boys’ track and field meet Saturday will start with field events and running preliminaries at 9:30 a.m. on the Gene Armer Track. Running finals will start at noon with the 3,200-meter relay.
Area schools in the 12-team field, besides the host Tigers, are Champaign Central and Danville.
In a blog post on March 29, we took a look at offers Illinois football has out to Class of 2014 players on the offensive side of the ball as it pertains to positional rankings recently released by Rivals.com.
Here’s our glance from a defensive standpoint.