Bulldogs set quick pace
MAHOMET — The state's fastest-moving boys' cross-country team has been Mahomet-Seymour. Unranked in the preseason by dyestat.com, coach Neal Garrison's squad climbed to third in last week's poll.
One of the keys has been the development of senior Cale McCormick, a first-year runner. He was four seconds from all-conference honors in last weekend's Corn Belt Conference meet. He was the team's fifth runner and ended 11th overall.
The split between the first runner, junior Jonathon Schaap, and McCormick was 27 seconds. McCormick's time was a career-best 16 minutes, 1 second.
M-S, which has had five runners break the 16-minute barrier this season, will join Centennial, Central and Urbana as four of the schools in the 11-school Mattoon Class 2A Regional on Saturday. The girls' 3-mile race will be at 10 a.m. The boys will run at 11 o'clock.
In Class 1A, area schools are divided between regionals at Paxton-Buckley-Loda and Monticello's Lodge Park. At both sites, girls will run at 10 a.m., with boys starting at 10:45.
Sectional tennis offers repeat
CHAMPAIGN — The local sectional site for girls' tennis shifted from Urbana to Champaign this year, but otherwise the singles competition looked exactly as it did in 2010.
St. Thomas More's Madie Baillon was the repeat champion. Centennial's Allison Hansen was the repeat runner-up. Kankakee's Charisma King was the repeat third-place finisher. Bismarck-Henning's Lori Haas was the repeat fourth-place finisher, qualifying for state for the fourth consecutive year.
Baillon, a junior who is 48-5 in her career, has been to state three consecutive times. Her 20-2 season record includes 12 wins by scores of either 6-0, 6-0; 6-0, 6-1; or 6-1, 6-0.
In four matches at sectionals, Baillon won 48 of 52 games, starting with back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 wins.
The state meet starts Thursday at Mount Prospect.
Illini get softball commitment
KANKAKEE — Senior Kylie Johnson, who ranks second in her class academically at Kankakee High School, gave an oral commitment to continue her softball career at the University of Illinois. As a junior, she was a first-team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune and the Illinois Coaches Association.
She missed all but seven games of her sophomore year due to offseason shoulder surgery. As a junior, she returned with a flourish, batting .675 and stealing 76 of 78 bases.
She picked Illinois over DePaul and Western Illinois University. Johnson has played shortstop and center field for the Kays.
"Illinois has always been her dream college," said her high school coach, Deb Johnston.
DACC inductions Saturday
DANVILLE — Two former star area athletes are among the individuals to be inducted into the Danville Area Community College Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Former high school golf state champion Terry Kegley (1969) of Danville, who went on to star for the Jaguars before winning multiple Danville City & Area championships, will be joined by 1993 Area Basketball Player of the Year Karen Bloch of Argenta-Oreana. After her career at DACC, Bloch played two more years at Western Illinois University.
Also to be inducted are former DACC baseball coach George Latinovich and longtime school supporters Richard and Jayne Donahue. Latinovich was the first baseball coach when the sport was added in 1968, and he continued to coach until 1982.
Collins a two-way standout
BISMARCK — Senior Reed Collins continues to climb to the top of career charts for the 50-year-old Bismarck-Henning football program. Early this season, he set the career rushing record (currently at 2,858 yards), and he needs 26 in Friday's regular season finale to become the school's fifth 1,000-yard rusher in a season.
He's not just a one-way leader. Collins has 298 career tackles and supplanted Ross Darby (288) as the school's all-time leader two weeks ago.
Also in the lineup for coach Mark Dodd's playoff-bound 7-1 team is the all-time receiving leader, Adam Baker (1,207 yards). The Blue Devils end the regular season Friday at home against Schlarman.