Thursday's prep highlights: Centennial, Central post baseball wins

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■ Centennial 1, Urbana 0. Jeff Lindgren struck out 14 batters and Anthony Martin (2 for 3, double) scored the winning run in the seventh inning on a wild pitch for the host Chargers.

PBL hoops coach Vogel on the move

PAXTON — Scot Vogel resigned as boys’ basketball head coach at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School to accept a position as athletic director for the Hoopeston Area School District.

SJ-O has a mound of confidence

ST. JOSEPH — Words are often used flippantly. Fantastic. Terrific. Outstanding.

Hearing them for achievements that are less than sensational diminishes the feats that truly deserve the superlatives.

St. Joseph-Ogden’s unbeaten baseball team is a prime example.

Through 13 games, the Spartans have allowed eight runs. That’s total runs. Only three were earned.

Jeff Huth: UI-Penn State baseball preview

TEAMS: Illinois (18-14, 6-3 Big Ten) vs. Penn State (17-16, 5-3 Big Ten).

SCHEDULE: 5:30 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, State College, Pa.

RADIO: WDWS 1400-AM; Dave Loane (play-by-play) and Matt Wille (analyst).

Checking in with ex-Illini in NBA

Another NBA regular season is in the books for former Illini Deron Williams and Meyers Leonard. Here is staff writer Bob Asmussen’s take on how they performed for the Nets and Blazers, respectively. And what he thinks about the upcoming NBA playoffs:

Deron Williams

Loren Tate: Dear NCAA, Speed it up

OK, college basketball aficionados, did you know:

— Prior to 1910, no coaching was allowed during the progress of a game. The first violation drew a warning, the second a free throw. Don’t confuse the players’ minds, right?

Langley shares first-round lead

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.

Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under-par 66 to share the first-round lead with former Illini Scott Langley and William McGirt.

Philo resident renews plea for golf team at Unity High

TOLONO — For the second year in a row, a community member has proposed starting a golf team at Unity High School.

Philo resident Doug Boyer, who has taught the sport for the past five years at the University of Illinois, first made the proposals to the Unit 7 school last March. This week, he made the request again.

HS Baseball: St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Paxton-Buckley-Loda

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Paxton-Buckley-Loda in a prep baseball game at St. Joseph-Ogden high school in St. Joseph  on Thursday, April 17, 2014. 

Sports Talk 04-17-14

Sports Talk 04-17-14: Play now!

Brian Moline and Matt Daniels discuss the day's sports event.  They visit with Austin Kim, Sports Director at ABC-17 in Columbia, Mo., about the departure of Frank Haith from Mizzou as well as the Illinois athletics rebranding.  They also discuss the recent Illinois spring football game.


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