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URBANA — When the University of Illinois realized it needed a 66 percent increase in seating to accommodate an NCAA baseball regional, it turned to an Iowa City-based firm to supply the extra seats.

Full text of AD Thomas' statement

Here’s the full text of the statement from Athletic Director Mike Thomas:

AD vows changes on the way

The furor over allegations about player mistreatment in two University of Illinois sports could lead to new protocols for handling student complaints in the athletic program.

As some faculty have already called for, athletic director Mike Thomas is considering an ombudsman position for student-athletes, along with other changes.

Madigan request met by Killeen

URBANA — Allegations against the University of Illinois women's basketball program drew the interest of one of the state's highest-ranking politicians earlier this month.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan urged UI President Timothy Killeen to contact one of the parents who claimed their daughters were verbally and emotionally abused by UI coaches and required to play while sick.

Unity foursome puts on a show at state

CHARLESTON — Three quality 800-meter runners preceded Unity’s anchor to the track on Saturday in the Class 1A 3,200-meter state championship relay race.

As each lap was completed, the Rockets were somewhere between second and fifth place.

Hannah Stone, the lone senior on the foursome, received the baton for the final two laps.

State track and field notes: Plenty to talk about in finals

CHARLESTON — There’s a new standard of excellence among Class 1A hurdlers in the state of Illinois.

Salt Fork’s Jenny Kimbro not only repeated her Class 1A state championship in both girls’ hurdles events. She also broke state records in each on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University.

Class 2A softball: SJ-O continues dominance

TOLONO — Top seed St. Joseph­-Ogden relied on a time­-honored formula to defeat Unity 6­-1 and win the Class 2A Unity Regional on Saturday, marking the Spartans’ 32nd regional title in 34 years.

Class 1A baseball: Blue Ridge comes back for crown

MT. PULASKI — It took Blue Ridge one extra inning and just two hits — both from junior Thomas Hardesty — to edge LeRoy’s Panthers 3-2 for a Class 1A regional championship victory on Saturday.

The win gives the Knights (25-8) a spot in Wednesday’s LeRoy Sectional semifinal game at 7 p.m. against Milford and the program its first regional title since 2009.  

Class 1A softball: Tobeck, Stalter push Fisher to title

COLFAX — Don’t worry, Fisher softball.

There wasn’t a need for any cleaning up in the dugout during Saturday’s 4-3 Class 1A regional title game triumph against Heart of Illinois Conference rival LeRoy.

Class 2A baseball: St. Thomas More advances to sectional

PAXTON — St. Thomas More took an early lead against top seed Paxton-Buckley-Loda, scoring five runs through the first two innings of Saturday’s PBL Regional championship game en route to a 7-4 victory.

“Anytime you play a PBL ballclub, (coach Rick) Johnson is always going to have them well-coached,” STM coach Steve Rear said. “We were fortunate to jump on them early in the ballgame.”