Prep Insider

Danville all-comers meet on tap

DANVILLE – An all-comers indoor track and field meet for males and females is Feb. 7 at Danville High School, beginning at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $1 per event, and individuals are limited to four events.

There are age groups for 6 and under; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; 15-16; 17-18; and 19 and over.

The events are 55-meter dash, 200, 400, 800, mile, 2 mile; 55-meter low hurdles; long jump; high jump; pole vault; triple jump and shot put.

Open registration is Feb. 7 (8:30-9:30 a.m.). To enter in advance, mail checks to All-Comers Meet, c/o Wesley Brown, 14 W. Liberty Lane, Danville, IL 61832, or contact Brown at 217-431-0281 or Danville athletic director B.J. Luke at 217-444-1555.

Hectic weekend awaits Maroons

Three games in three days is nothing unusual for high school basketball teams during a holiday tournament.

Three games in three days in three cities is quite another matter. That's the challenging schedule the Champaign Central boys' basketball team faces this weekend, and it has Maroons coach Scott Davis vowing to check the calendar before committing to any future shootout invitations.

Central's busy itinerary starts Friday with a Big 12 home game against Mattoon. The Maroons then have a nonconference contest at Springfield Southeast on Saturday before facing Class 3A fourth-ranked Chicago Marshall in the Martin Luther King Dream Classic on Sunday in Chicago.

"It will be a busy weekend," Davis said. "Fortunately, our game Friday is at home."

Davis said Central accepted the MLK invitation last spring assuming the game would be played Monday – the date of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Instead, the tournament is a three-day event starting Saturday, and the Maroons were scheduled to play at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Sometimes you say yes in March and you're not thinking about what that might mean," Davis said.

The late opening tip Sunday will allow the Maroons to return to Champaign from Springfield on Saturday night rather than go directly to Chicago. Because Central will wear its road uniforms Saturday and Sunday, Davis faces extra duties upon the team's return from Springfield.

"It will mean the coach is going to have to come back Saturday night and do laundry and get ready to wear the same uniforms," he said.

Urbana Invitational reaches 30

URBANA – Five area wrestlers who finished among the top four in last year's Urbana Invitational wrestling meet will be back at Oscar Adams Gym on Saturday for the 30th annual event. The 15-team meet begins at 9:30 a.m., with championship and third-place matches to start at about 4:30 p.m.

Returning wrestlers include Centennial's Dakota Tiger, who finished second at 189 pounds last year, and Charger teammate Nick Congdon, who placed third at 130. Three other returnees finished fourth in 2008: Urbana's Caleb Blaney, and Brytt Hallowell and St. Joseph-Ogden's Kyle McClain. Congdon also finished second in the 2007 Urbana Invitational at 125.

Other area schools in the tournament are Westville and St. Thomas More.

Three seek repeat Bulldog crowns

MAHOMET – Three area wrestlers will shoot for back-to-back titles in the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday at Mahomet-Seymour High School. Bulldogs senior Jared Ernst captured the 125-pound crown in 2008, while Champaign Central teammates Evan Ellsworth and Brandon Ward were champions at 160 and 171, respectively, last year.

The 29th annual meet begins at 9:30 a.m., with championship and third-place matches to start at 4 p.m. The 19-school field includes Unity.

Four other area wrestlers finished in the top three at last year's meet. Central's Aryn Gilen-son and Mahomet-Seymour's Andrew Brewer placed second, while fellow Bulldogs Jason Cleary and Zach Ochs were third.

Brewer was the 160-pound champion in 2007.

Jeff Huth and Fred Kroner

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