Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:
Can I say up front I think this is a bad idea? I don’t like it.
Hardly a year goes by where I don’t cover between 100 and 140 high school basketball games.
Inevitably, in mid-March, someone will ask me the score of a game I saw in mid-November.
Of all the games I’ve seen, there’s only one score I actually remember. It was in January 1991, when Sullivan’s girls’ basketball team won at Decatur St. Teresa, 115-15.
■ SJ-O 15, Iroquois West 1. Winning pitcher Hunter Hart (7-1) struck out nine in four innings for host St. Joseph-Ogden (16-5), which got a three-run home run from Louis Acklin. Aaron Woller went 2 for 2, including a solo home run, in the victory, and teammate Chase Gadau had two hits and four RBI. Henry Gerritson hit a home run for the Raiders.
St. Joseph-Ogden 14, Cissna Park 0. HUNTER HART threw his second no-hitter in the past week, and the visiting Spartans cruised to a win in six innings. Hart struck out 12 and walked four.
"He was tremendous with his fastball," Cissna Park coach DARRYL FOCKEN said. "We had very few good swings."
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 1, PBL 0. Hunter Hart struck out 14 while throwing a no-hitter, outdueling freshman Jonathon Walder to lead the Spartans to a home win. SJ-O scored the game’s lone run in the third when Josh Poulter stole two bases and reached home on Jordan Buhs’ single.
■ St. Thomas More 4, PBL 3. Winning pitcher Mike Plecki went 2 for 3 and scored twice for the host Sabers. Jonathon Walder was 2 for 2 with two runs for the Panthers.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 11, Champaign Central 7. Down to its final out with the bases empty, the Bulldogs erupted for six runs to stun the host Maroons. Joe Kenney and Cullen Day each had two-run singles in the seventh for M-S, and winning pitcher Chris Redman held Central to two hits over the final four innings.
In boys’ basketball
■ PBL 48, Fisher 40. Drew Schrodt went 6 for 6 at the foul line and scored 13 points to lead the Panthers to a road win. Kyle Williams and Hans Carmien tallied 11 points apiece for the Bunnies.
In girls’ basketball
Class 3A Regionals
■ Rantoul 56, Urbana 25. Hannah Wascher scored 27 points to power the Eagles’ rout. Rantoul held a 34-18 halftime lead and never looked back. Sharay Eskridge led Urbana with 10 points.
Class 2A sectionals