Top of the Morning, June 19, 2018

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Oakwood Wall of Fame Class

 Monday’s event initially started as a meet-and-greet for fans of MLB Catcher Darrin Fletcher, former Chicago Bears offensive guard Cameron Lee and professional dirt track/stock car driver Bobby Pierce at the Oakwood McDonald’s. The trio signed autographs, posed for photos and raised funds for the Oakwood baseball diamond’s improvement.

Top of the Morning, June 15, 2018

Local stars will be on display Monday at the Oakwood McDonald's, News-Gazette Media's J.J. LOCKWOOD (Oakwood Class of '89) reports.

Brewers draft former Champaign Central standout

Alec Barger's ongoing rise through the ranks of organized baseball reached another high point — with this one occurring on the professional level.

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Barger, a 2016 Champaign Central graduate, in Wednesday's portion of the MLB draft. Barger was taken in the 16th round, 485th overall.

VIDEO: 2A State Baseball Third Place: Tuscola Vs. Herscher

Video highlights from the Class 2A state baseball third-place game between Tuscola and Herscher on Saturday, June 2, at Dozer Park in Peoria.

Can't wait for more? Circle these 10 dates on next season's preps calendar

Aug. 24, 2018

Friday night lights. Marching bands. Student sections. Pork chop sandwiches. That's right, the high school football season kicks off this night. Defending Class 2A state champion Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley opens at Ford County rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda, one of many marquee games set for the next nine weeks.

Prep pulse: June 4, 2018

When Tuscola senior Cale Sementi induced a seventh-inning flyout from Herscher junior Reece Harrod in Saturday's Class 2A state baseball third-place game, the 2017-18 high school sports campaign ended for The News-Gazette's coverage area.

Senior-laden Warriors place third in state

PEORIA — Statistically speaking, pulling Dalton Hoel from a baseball game in favor of a pinch runner is somewhere between unheard of and straight-up crazy.

VIDEO: 2A State Baseball Semis: Tuscola Vs. Spring Valley Hall

Video highlights from a Class 2A state baseball semifinal between Tuscola and Spring Valley Hall on Friday, June 1, at Dozer Park in Peoria. These highlights do not include the decisive eighth inning due to deadline constraints.

Warriors fall in extra-inning heartbreaker

PEORIA — "It's been a long day."

That's what Tuscola coach Duff Hoel said prior to Friday night's Class 2A state baseball semifinal against Spring Valley Hall. And he wasn't kidding.

The Warriors were slated to take on the Red Devils at 5 p.m. inside Dozer Park. But the day's opening 1A matchup dragged on, and the inaugural 2A bout lasted eight innings.