Prep Sports

Prep Sports

Baseball squad enjoys journey

CHAMPAIGN – With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Trent Richardson came to the plate for the St. Thomas More baseball team.

His line drive to left field scored two runs to clinch an 8-5 win against previously undefeated Hoopeston Area in St. Thomas More's home opener earlier this week.

Urbana athlete yearns for knowledge

URBANA – Laura Taylor's not one to tell stories out of school, but she has a pertinent one about the in-school exploits of Matt Rosenberger.

The Urbana High School principal recently visited a chemistry class where Rosenberger is one of the students.

Greco carries Maroons

MAHOMET – Amanda Greco scored two first-half goals to help visiting Champaign Central to a 2-1 victory against Mahomet-Seymour in girls soccer Tuesday. Ann Pataky made four saves for the Maroons.

Cat England-Sullivan scored for Mahomet-Seymour.

Henk helps Hoopeston

HOOPESTON – Erin Henk outhit Oakwood all by herself.

The Hoopeston Area starter threw a one-hitter and also had two hits and scored three runs to lift the Cornjerkers to an 11-0 prep softball victory against the Comets on Monday.

Butler, Urbana find offense in win

ORLANDO, Fla. –Julian Butler was 3 for 3 with two doubles and three RBI to help the Urbana to a 10-7 win against Hixson (Tenn.) on Tuesday.

Matt Rosenberger drove in two runs and scored twice. Sophomore Matt Brownfield earned the win in his first varsity start.

Clark gets best of Tigers

MONTICELLO– Jordan Clark struck out 12 and gave up no earned runs as Monticello defeated Urbana 5-2.

Clark pitched a complete-game in the victory for the Sages.

Elam powers Central to nonconference win

MONTICELLO – Hope Elam had a game-high 33 points, leading Champaign Central to a 58-40 nonconference girls' basketball victory Tuesday night.

Elam made 13 free throws. The Sages' Lucy Coleman notched a double-double.

Late flurry sends Sages to final

DECATUR – It was a game with a postseason atmosphere. The stands were packed and the play was physical as 14th-ranked Monticello proved to be the better team down the stretch and outlasted No. 13 Warrensburg-Latham 62-56 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Okaw Valley Conference tournament at St. Teresa High School.

"We want to be experienced playing in big-game situations," Sages coach Kevin Roy said. "I wanted to make sure they enjoyed the atmosphere and prepared themselves for the postseason as well."

Playoff payoff

Which area teams will strike gold? What area stars will shine brightest? Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner previews the winter sports postseasons.

Vikings in tune with Bell

DANVILLE – Danville is a better boys' basketball team with Ronny Bell.

Whatever doubt existed regarding that matter was put to rest Saturday as the senior guard scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the second half to lead the Vikings to a 65-53 nonconference win against Romeoville.