Thursday's prep highlights: Spartans pitchers combine on no-no

In baseball
St. Joseph-Ogden 11, Westville 0. Pitchers Cole Berry and Dalton Parker combined on a no-hitter as the Spartans blanked the Tigers (1-3).

N-G preseason baseball rankings: No. 1 Central

WHY NO. 1?
Every player who started for a 35-win team in last year’s Class 3A sectional tournament returns. The group includes three-year lettermen Luke Beesley, Nick Brunson, Zach Dorner and Connor Mapes. The Maroons are stacked, to say the least.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Baumann tosses no-hitter

In baseball

■ Central 15, St. Agnes, Minn. 1. Zack Baumann tossed the 38th no-hitter in school history as the Maroons defeated St. Agnes in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Heard it here first

Acting sports editor Matt Daniels and the still title-less Scott Richey were flying solo again without executive sports editor Fred Kroner's wealth of area preps knowledge for this week's News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.

03-24-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

03-24-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!

03-24-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Matt Daniels and Scott Richey discuss the close of the winter high school sports season and look ahead to the spring sports.


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March 26 high school sports chat

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:30pm

Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is churning out plenty of All-Area selections and Player of the Year honorees this week for our winter sports. Who were some of the top athletes and teams he watched these last four months? What is his take on the area spring sports scene? Is it a good thing or bad thing that the boys' basketball state tournament will remain in Peoria through 2020?

Sunday's prep highlights: Snider, Central shine in Florida

COCOA BEACH, Fla. —  Jake Snider had four hits and five RBI, leading Champaign Central to a 19-0 baseball victory against St. Agnes, Minn., on Sunday.

N-G preseason baseball rankings: No. 3 SJ-O

WHY NO. 3?

Two power pitchers with Division I futures, Eastern Illinois University recruit Cole Berry and junior Dalton Parker, who is receiving interest from multiple schools, headline the pitching staff. Lake Land recruit Clayton Slifer is a hard-throwing reliever. Coach Josh Haley has 10 players who can pitch. Never a bad option to have.