April 30 high school sports chat

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:30pm

Champaign Central has a new boys' basketball coach. And it's a former Illini in Jeff Finke, who has two talented sons. Who played last year at Centennial. What does executive sports editor Fred Kroner think of the hire? Or what does he think of the ongoing spring sports? Ask him ahead of time before his 12:30 p.m. chat on Thursday gets started. 

Friday's highlights: Nelson pitches Vikings to victory

In baseball

■ Mahomet-Seymour 8, St. Thomas More 2. The visiting Sabers took an early 2-0 lead, but the Bulldogs plated four runs in the second inning to grab a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Brooks Coetzee hit two home runs for M-S and wound up 2 for 3 with three RBI. Teammate Tom Kenney (2 for 3) also hit a home run and contributed three RBI. 


Area statistics: Baseball (April 25)

Batting Average

Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Volz, Ridgvw 42 17 27 18 .643

Snider, Centrl 47 22 28 15 .596

M. Davis, Centen 45 23 26 17 .578

Rogers, Fisher 60 20 34 19 .567

Coetzee, M-S 43 15 24 26 .558

Z. Bates, Tuscl 33 11 18 11 .545

Lane, LeRoy 33 16 18 9 .545

Aeilts, Centrl 41 26 22 17 .537

Thursday's prep highlights: Chalifoux reaches milestone

In girls’ soccer

■ Central 6, Bloomington 0. Champaign Central’s Maddy Chalifoux scored her 100th career goal. It was one of her four goals for the Maroons. The area’s all-time girls’ soccer career scoring record is 106 goals by 2003 Centennial graduate Megan Bushue.

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Bulletin board: Central meet hits 10th year

CHAMPAIGN — There will be no shortage of runners in town Saturday. In addition to the seventh Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, Champaign Central will hold its 10th girls’ track and field invitational at Centennial High School.

Teams of the Week: A-O baseball in spotlight

Coach Tom Saunches’ Bombers (12-2) won three Central Illinois Conference games, allowing one run in each of the decisions. Austin Brown and Brody Ulrey picked up pitching victories as A-O’s winning streak was extended to 11 games with the recent wins.

Athletes of the Week: Gibson and Rupkey

Stephen Gibson
Tuscola boys’ track and field

Why he was chosen: Gibson, the area leader in the discus, won the shot put and discus at Friday’s Monticello Invitational. He threw 51 feet, 91/2 inches to win the shot put by 7 inches, and
his throw of 161-10 gave him the discus title by 81/2 feet.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Tuscola edges Sullivan

In baseball
■ Tuscola 9, Sullivan 6. Cole Evans and Blake Woodard homered to back the five-hit pitching of Tyler Hale (6-1) for the host Warriors. Andrew Erickson had three hits. Sullivan’s Nick Frerichs and Levi Nadler each homered.