Officials association schedules inductions
CHAMPAIGN — Three men will be feted for their contributions to basketball in tonight’s 27th tipoff meeting for the Illini Basketball Officials Association at Jupiter’s at the Crossing.
The honorees are Kerry Frerichs, who worked three IHSA state finals; Scott Davis, who retired as the Champaign Central boys’ basketball head coach after last season; and former Westville assistant Allen Greenlee, who also retired after last season.
Jamall Walker, UI men’s assistant, will be the guest speaker at the 7 p.m. event. All past honorees and IBOA members are invited.
Cross-country doubleheader set
DECATUR — Two high-level cross-country meets are set for Saturday at Decatur’s Hickory Point Golf Course.
The site will host both Class 1A and 2A sectionals. The girls’ 1A race will start at 10 a.m. The boys’ 1A race will start at 11. The girls’ 2A race is set for noon and the boys’ 2A sectional meet will go at 1 p.m.
In both divisions the top five teams and the top seven runners not on qualifying teams will advance to the Nov. 9 state meet at East Peoria.
Mahomet-Seymour (2A) and St. Thomas More (1A) are defending boys’ sectional team titlists.
Tri-County coach gets honor
OAKLAND — Tri-County volleyball coach Drew Robertson was selected as the National Federation of High Schools Coach of the Year for Illinois for 2012 and is eligible for national recognition. He guided the Titans to a 36-3 record and third place in last year’s Class 1A state tournament.
According to Matt Troha from the IHSA, “The winners are annually selected by the IHSA administrator for each sport based upon a criteria that includes team success and the coach’s leadership and integrity on and off the court.”
Robertson was dubious when he received notice of the award.
“When I got the letter that had the IHSA logo on it I thought I may be in trouble,” Robertson said. “I know how many excellent coaches there are and I know it mostly has to do with the team success we had last year. I was surprised and flattered.”
Urbana soccer on similar path
URBANA — After beating Champaign Central in the regional finals, Urbana’s Tigers face Normal University High in the sectional semifinals.
If this year’s postseason path sounds familiar, it should. A year ago, coach Randy Blackman’s team beat the Maroons for the regional title before taking on U-High in a Class 2A sectional semifinal.
Tonight’s sectional match, at Urbana, will start at approximately 6:30 following an opening-round match between Rochester and Springfield.
If the Tigers and Senators win, it will set up a repeat of last year’s sectional finals at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Urbana’s only home loss this season was to Springfield, 2-0.
Blackman, in his 28th year as coach, entered the season ranked ninth on the all-time IHSA career list for coaching victories in boys’ soccer (356). His current team is 13-6-2.
SJ-O pitcher picks college
ST. JOSEPH — Senior pitcher Tyler McCormick has given a verbal commitment to continue his baseball career for coach Todd Post’s Kankakee Community College program. As a junior at St. Joseph-Ogden, McCormick was 3-2 with one save. He struck out 42 batters in 40 innings and compiled a 2.10 ERA.
McCormick was chosen to the Sangamon Valley Conference’s all-league second team last spring.
Area kids on campus ...
— Senior Haley Dodd, from Cissna Park, is ranked fourth in the SLIAC in aces per set with an average of 0.38. She has 30 aces in 78 sets for Greenville College. In conference matches, Dodd has 20 aces in 44 sets;
— Sophomore Hannah Newman, from Champaign Central, swam the anchor leg for the Bowling Green University B team 400 freestyle relay, which finished second in 3:37.54 in a meet at Eastern Michigan;
— Junior linebacker Justin March, from Danville, had 10 tackles for Akron in Saturday’s 42-24 loss to Ball State. For the year, he is second on the team with 57 stops. He ranks first with three interceptions. March also has three tackles for loss;
— Junior Kegan Skelton, from Centennial, won both the 1- and 3-meter diving events for Southern Illinois at a recent dual meet with Evansville. He scored a 284.40 on the 1-meter board and a 256.75 in the 3-meter event. Last weekend, Skelton finished fourth in the 1-meter competition with a 280.40 score in a triangular meet with Kentucky and Missouri.