ST. JOSEPH — Two individual records and two relay marks were broken in Friday's Spartan Classic varsity boys' track and field invitational.
Monticello senior STEVE SCHROEDER shattered the 1,600-meter (4 minutes, 24.78 seconds) and 3,200-meter (9:22.64) marks. Schroeder's 3,200 time was the ninth fastest recorded by an area athlete. He is the first area distance runner to cover the distance in less than 9:23 since 1994.
SJ-O broke the 3,200-meter relay record. The foursome of LANDON VOWLES, DREW KNIPFER, COLE JOHNSON and CHAS COX was timed in 8:10.51.
Tuscola's 800-meter relay broke the meet mark the school established in 2010. JEFF BROCH, BROC SMITH, CHRIS WEST and ALEX KEMP shared the baton in 1:30.57.
When the Warriors set the mark two years ago, then-sophomore Kemp joined three seniors on the relay. This year, he and Broch are seniors, West is a junior and Smith is a sophomore.
Three of those runners also joined forces on the winning 400 relay Friday. Broch, Smith and Kemp teamed up with BRANDON MILLS on the sprint relay.
Tuscola's sprint crew made its mark individually, too. Smith and Kemp ran 1-2 in the 100. Broch won the 200 (with West placing), and Smith was entered in the freshman-sophomore 200 and was triumphant with a meet-record 22.83.
Postseason near in soccer
High school girls' soccer teams from St. Thomas More (Class 1A), Champaign Central (2A) and Mahomet-Seymour (2A) have earned No. 1 seeds for the upcoming soccer regionals. The Sabers are the team to beat in a tournament hosted by Urbana Uni High, which starts Tuesday.
Postseason for the 2A schools begins May 15. Central is the No. 1 seed for the Centennial Regional, and M-S is the top seed at the Decatur Eisenhower site. The regional champions from Centennial and Eisenhower will be first-round sectional opponents May 22 at Normal West.
IBCA honors area coaches
NORMAL — The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association honored 16 area coaches Saturday at Illinois State University as Coach of the Year for their respective regions.
In District 13, St. Joseph Middle School's TIM LANDIS and Champaign Jefferson's GLENN SMITH SR. were honored as top girls' coaches. In District 15, the recipient was LYNN Farmer, who guided Atwood-Hammond to an unbeaten state championship.
Among junior high boys' coaches, three men shared the honors in District 13: Champaign St. Matthew's THOMAS KROUSE, Paxton-Buckley-Loda's STEVEN WAUGH and Champaign Jefferson's FRANK McCURRY.
Among high school girls' coaches, three were feted in District 13: Tuscola's TIM KOHLBECKER, Urbana Uni High's ALLIE LINDEMANN and St. Thomas More's JASON SCHREDER. A District 15 honoree was LeRoy's DANIELLE COOLEY. Also receiving honors was Paxton-Buckley-Loda graduate JERRY PRINA, from Eureka, in District 12.
Among high school boys' coaches, the District 13 recipients were Arthur's DALE SCHURING, Fisher's RON RAGLE, St. Joseph-Ogden's BRIAN BROOKS and Unity's BILL IPSEN.
At the junior college level, Danville Area Community College's MIKE CARPENTER was the choice for the second time in five years. Two men's coaches were honored. One of the two women's coaches honored was Rossville native DAVE JOHNSON of Lake Land.
Area stars picked for game
NORMAL — Six area girls were chosen for the IBCA girls' all-star basketball games, which will be June 16 at Illinois Wesleyan's Shirk Center. In the 6 p.m. game for 3A/4A players, Champaign Central's JAKEENYA EVANS will play for the South.
In the 4 p.m. game for 1A/2A players, St. Joseph-Ogden's JOSEY FRUHLING will play for the South. Chosen for the North team were LeRoy teammates MOLLY MARCUM and ASHLEY WALKER along with Ridgeview's PAIGE JONES and Prairie Central's SARAH OPRONDEK.
The boys' all-star games will be played at IWU on June 23. Rantoul's TRAVIS BRITT has a spot on the South 3A/4A team, and Champaign Central's CORVON BUTLER and Mahomet-Seymour's REID FARCHMIN are alternates who will be called if an opening occurs.
In the boys' 1A/2A game, Unity's AARON LARSON will play for the South and Bismarck-Henning's TANNER RIBBE was picked for the North team. The boys' 1A/2A game will start at 5 p.m. The 3A/4A game will begin at 7 p.m.
M-S baseball top seed
MAHOMET — Coach NIC DiFILIPPO's Mahomet-Seymour baseball team shared the regular season Corn Belt Conference title with Normal University High, each with 6-1 records, but was accorded the No. 1 seed for the league tournament, which starts Thursday. M-S beat U-High in a head-to-head game.
The Bulldogs will open against eighth-seeded Prairie Central at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Illinois Wesleyan University field. The winner moves into a 4 p.m. semifinal game Friday. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.
Rantoul — the only Corn Belt team to beat M-S this season — is the No. 3 seed and opens against sixth-seeded Pontiac at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bloomington's McGraw Field.
Rantoul softball No. 4 seed
RANTOUL — When the Corn Belt Conference softball tournament starts Thursday at Champions Field (near Normal West High School), fourth-seeded Rantoul will open against fifth-seeded Mahomet-Seymour, a team it beat 13-12 in a regular season game. M-S moved into the 3A state rankings this week at No. 19.
That winner likely will face top-seeded Olympia in Saturday's 10 a.m. semifinal contest. Third-seeded Prairie Central opens against sixth-seeded Pontiac, also at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in another of the games at Champions Field.
Uni's Blue selects Hope
URBANA — Area girls' basketball Player of the Year JAMIE BLUE, from Urbana Uni High, committed to Hope College in Holland, Mich. She led the Illineks to a school-record 25-5 season. The student with a 4.0 grade-point average will graduate as the school's No. 2 all-time scorer (1,743 points) and No. 2 rebounder (812). She maintained a 19.9 scoring average as a senior and led Uni High to its first regional championship in the sport since 1986.
SJ-O's Fruhling to Lake Land
ST. JOSEPH — Senior JOSEY FRUHLING, from St. Joseph-Ogden, will sign a letter of intent this morning to continue her basketball career at Mattoon's Lake Land College. A two-time All-Area first-teamer, Fruhling averaged 17.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior. Lake Land is coached by Rossville native DAVE JOHNSON.
Buffaloes' Kelley signs with ONU
GEORGETOWN — TANNER KELLEY, from Georgetown-Ridge Farm, signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Olivet Nazarene University. He will be a medical science major. As a senior, Kelley was an All-Area special mention selection as a linebacker.
Schlarman's Tolson picks Aurora
DANVILLE — Schlarman's SPENCER TOLSON signed a letter of intent in football at Aurora University. A guard, Tolson was a three-year starter and a four-year letterman for the Hilltoppers.
Central's Freeman to Lincoln Land
CHAMPAIGN — Senior CHRIS FREEMAN, from Champaign Central, signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Springfield's Lincoln Land Community College. As a senior, the 5-foot-10 Freeman averaged 5.4 points per game for a 19-11 team and was second in assists (64) and fourth in rebounds (102).
Central teammates stay together
CHAMPAIGN — Seniors JAKEENYA EVANS and KEWANEE GARRETT, from Champaign Central, each signed letters of intent this week to play basketball at Chicago Height's Prairie State University. The 5-7 Evans led the Maroons (19-11) in scoring (14.5 average), and the 5-9 Garrett was the leader in assists (126).