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Jaguars softball earns first national tourney berth

DANVILLE — Matt Cervantes' Danville Area Community College softball team led 2-1 through 41/2 innings in Thursday's NJCAA Division II District P Championship series opener against Cottey (Mo.) College.

Top of the Morning, May 11, 2017

Five years ago, Matt Cervantes took a knee to propose to Kelley Wedel at the end of an Illinois softball game (Heather Coit's memorable photo gallery is at right). The happy couple's story keeps getting better.

On campus: Former Bulldog Young takes meet honor

— Senior Morgan Young, from Mahomet-Seymour, was named the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Female Athlete of the Meet at the conference track and field championships. The Carthage weightperson successfully defended her 2016 titles in both the shot put and discus with throws of 46 feet, 6 inches and 154-4, respectively, as well as placing second in the hammer throw at 170-2.

UPDATE: Ex-Tuscola star needs 'healing time'

A former three-sport standout at Tuscola continues to recover from serious head injuries he sustained on Sunday during a junior college baseball game.

Nick Bates remained in intensive care at a St. Louis hospital when The News-Gazette spoke with Steve Bates, Nick’s father, on Monday afternoon, but Steve said his son is in stable condition.

Tough event awaits Parkland softball squad

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland claimed a trio of M-WAC championships in the fall, with men's and women's soccer and volleyball all bringing the title back to Champaign. The men's and women's basketball teams did the same this past winter.

On campus: Ex-area athletes star for UI track and field

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts excelling in college

After 5-year wait, SJ-O product dominates men's 5K

CHAMPAIGN — As an eighth-grader at St. Joseph-Ogden Middle School in 2012, Brennan Guido knew he wouldn't be able to run the Presence Health Illinois 5K for another five years.

High school track season, after all, would get in the way.

Still, he set a plateau for the next time he ran the race.

On campus: Roebuck, Ward honored in basketball

— The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and NJCAA Region IV Men's Basketball Committee have recognized Waubonsee Valley Community College sophomores Germaine Roebuck and Deon Ward for outstanding play. Roebuck, from Champaign Central, was named to the All-ISCC first team, All-Region first team and Region IV District 4B all-tournament team.

On campus: Hoyer moves up all-time field list

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts excelling in college

Prep notes: Rantoul honoring former coach Quinlan

RANTOUL — On March 13, Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio and the board of education were set to make a special announcement at that night's school board meeting. But they wanted it to be a surprise.

When Amerio created the meeting's minutes, he purposely left an important piece of information off board member Roger Quinlan's sheet of paper.