Prep Sports

Monday's highlights: Chalifoux paces Central soccer

In baseball
■ Urbana 14, Kankakee 4.
Michael Thompson drove in five runs and Brian Summers had three hits, three runs and two RBI for the Tigers in a road victory.


Dudek ends waiting game

Wait and possibly pick up other offers.

Commit and end the recruiting process.

Mike Dudek chose the latter option, and in doing so, became the third Illinois football commit in the Class of 2014.

Illinois had offered a scholarship to the speedy wide receiver from Neuqua Valley (Ill.) High School in early March.


Five girls' track & field teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Urbana

What the Tigers lack in quantity (16 squad members), they make up for in talent.

Senior Nicole Choquette will be one of the headliners.


81st N-G All-State Boys' Basketball Team: POY Jabari Parker

CHICAGO — Walk through the rotating doors outside Gate 4 at the United Center.

Take the elevator to the third floor.

Make an immediate left.

One quarter of the plush ballroom is full of circular tables bunched together, replete with white tablecloths and chairs pushed tightly together surrounding the tables.


Kroner: Central job's a slam dunk

My dream job is different from my neighbor’s. That is to be expected. We are different people, with different interests.

The same is true for folks in a similar profession. One coach might covet a particular job while another wouldn’t even have enough interest to apply when the opening occurs.


High School Baseball Central 13, Southeast 0

A gallery of images from Champaign Central's 13-0 victory over Southeast during the Charlie Due Invitational at McKinley Field on Saturday, April 6, 2013.


Friday's prep highlights: Bloch-Jones breaks mark in high jump

In track & field
At Arthur. In the 11-team girls’ meet, KANDIE BLOCH-JONES of Argenta-Oreana won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 11 inches.

That mark ties the third highest in state history and sets an area record in the event that had stood for 27 years.


Dawson on Groce, Calipari and more

Brett Dawson covered the last McDonald’s All-American to flourish at Illinois.

Bill Self brought in Dee Brown, who had the type of career with the Illini that future players would love to emulate.

The former Illinois men’s basketball beat writer for The News-Gazette is now covering a program that is redefining what it means to bring in top recruiting classes.


Five softball teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Tuscola

The Warriors have had 20-win seasons six times in the past 10 years. If coach Lenny Sementi’s program continues to flourish, a starting point will be a returning All-Area pitcher (junior Erin Walker) and a returning All-Area catcher (senior Amber Miller).


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