Prep Sports

Prep Sports

McDonald's All-American game primer

Hundreds of media types, players, coaches and key figures on the high school basketball landscape filled the second level of the United Center on Tuesday afternoon.

The occasion? Media day for the McDonald’s All-American game.

For any Illinois fans wanting to watch any future players John Groce will have at his disposal next year, sorry, you’re out of luck.

Bulletin Board: Parkland to host all-star game

All-stars headed to Parkland
CHAMPAIGN — The second Parkland College/News-Gazette senior all-star basketball games will be April 14 in the Cobras’ gym.

The girls’ game will start at 1 p.m. at Parkland. There will be two 10-player teams, one coached by Chris Mennig, from St. Thomas More, and the other by Susan Thomas, from Centennial.

Athletes of the Week: Urbana's England and Rantoul's Pannbacker

Athletes
of the Week

Ellie England
Urbana, Junior
Soccer

Recently: Had two goals and two assists for the Tigers in a 7-0 win against Danville.
In her words: “We have a lot of potential. We will get better as the season goes along.”
I’m driving ... a Subaru Forester.
I’m dying to see ... “Pitch Perfect.” Again.

Teams of the Week: Hot start for Fredrickson, Fisher

Teams of the Week

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FISHER SOFTBALL

The Bunnies (5-0) won three games in three days, committing one error in 21 innings. Sophomore Kelcie Fredrickson has won her first four decisions, and senior Kalli Gosser is off to a strong start, hammering a home run against Unity. Freshman Emilee Schwing had four hits vs. Lexington.

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Five girls' soccer teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Centennial

It’s little wonder that the Chargers are regarded as the area’s premier team.

The roster features three athletes who in previous springs were honored as the All-Area Soccer Player of the Year.

All-Area Swimming Coach of the Year: Central's Trupin

Coach of the Year:
Ben Trupin, Central

All-Area Swimmer of the Year: Danville's Delzell

DANVILLE — Sitting on a cooler with the pool at Danville High School 100 feet away, Jon Delzell leans forward.

He has on a maroon Danville swimming T-shirt and jeans. He exudes the relaxed nature one would expect of a senior who knows he only has a few more months of high school.

Who's the next Central coach?

Ask prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner during Tuesday's online chat, which starts at 12:30 p.m. Submit questions of any kind at any time and Fred will drop some knowledge on you. Click here to participate

Five Caravan roll along in recruiting process

Chicago Mt. Carmel has, unequivocally, one of the strongest football tradition in the state of Illinois.

The Caravan won the program’s 11th state title last November at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

Only Joliet Catholic, with 13 state titles, can boast more than what Frank Lenti Sr. and his program have won.

Monday's highlights: Salt Fork softball erupts for 31 runs

In baseball
■ Mahomet-Seymour 11, Champaign Central 7.
Down to its final out with the bases empty, the Bulldogs erupted for six runs to stun the host Maroons. Joe Kenney and Cullen Day each had two-run singles in the seventh for M-S, and winning pitcher Chris Redman held Central to two hits over the final four innings.