URBANA — As a high school junior at Rantoul, Hanna Mennenga became the 10th softball pitcher in IHSA history with a 400-strikeout season.
As great as the feat, it was almost as if no one noticed.
“I sent out so many emails,” Mennenga said, “jucos, Division Is, Division IIs, Division IIIs. Only one Division I emailed and said they might be interested.”
That was Northern Iowa.
CHAMPAIGN — Thomas Lindauer hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Illinois baseball team lost 8-4 to Eastern Illinois on Tuesday.
The Illini committed three errors in the sixth inning and the Panthers capitalized by scoring all eight of their runs in the frame.
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.
Beat writer and AP poll voter Jeff Huth’s way-too-early Top 10 for 2013-14
The Illinois football team held its draft on Tuesday night to determine who would make up the Orange Team and Blue Team for its annual spring game, which takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
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.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Steve Stricker wouldn’t mind if Tiger Woods returned the favor, only it’s not that easy.
Woods is back to No. 1 in the world, a return to the top that received a boost last month at Doral when Stricker worked with him for nearly an hour on the putting green.
■ 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.