Friday's highlights: Nelson pitches Vikings to victory

In baseball

■ Mahomet-Seymour 8, St. Thomas More 2. The visiting Sabers took an early 2-0 lead, but the Bulldogs plated four runs in the second inning to grab a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Brooks Coetzee hit two home runs for M-S and wound up 2 for 3 with three RBI. Teammate Tom Kenney (2 for 3) also hit a home run and contributed three RBI. 


Unity, St. Joseph-Ogden shine in Tolono

TOLONO — Jacob Behrens goes to track and field meets knowing he has a shot. The confidence belonging to the St. Joseph-Ogden senior stems from having an event-specific coach.

He is now a bona fide contender in the shot put. Behrens’ coach couldn’t be on site Friday for the 17-school Unity Invitational.

Area statistics: Baseball (April 25)

Batting Average

Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Volz, Ridgvw 42 17 27 18 .643

Snider, Centrl 47 22 28 15 .596

M. Davis, Centen 45 23 26 17 .578

Rogers, Fisher 60 20 34 19 .567

Coetzee, M-S 43 15 24 26 .558

Z. Bates, Tuscl 33 11 18 11 .545

Lane, LeRoy 33 16 18 9 .545

Aeilts, Centrl 41 26 22 17 .537

Marathon notebook: Boston winner inspires in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Amby Burfoot is a storyteller.

The 1968 Boston Marathon winner and former longtime editor-in-chief of Runner’s World magazine spent his entire hour as Friday’s keynote speaker of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon telling stories of his running career that is into its sixth decade.

Illinois 5K roundup: Frintner, Franklin secure titles

Men's recap

CHAMPAIGN — Michael Frintner had no preconceived notions about Friday night’s Presence Covenant Medical Center Illinois 5K.

SJ-O overcomes key injuries

ST. JOSEPH — Mady Poulter stands alone — but not apart — on the state-ranked St. Joseph-Ogden softball team.

The slick-fielding shortstop is the lone senior on the SJ-O roster.

She was understandably concerned when learning in the preseason that two teammates — including the other senior, Molly McElwee — were going to be sidelined all year with injuries.

Thursday's prep highlights: Chalifoux reaches milestone

In girls’ soccer

■ Central 6, Bloomington 0. Champaign Central’s Maddy Chalifoux scored her 100th career goal. It was one of her four goals for the Maroons. The area’s all-time girls’ soccer career scoring record is 106 goals by 2003 Centennial graduate Megan Bushue.

Area softball leaders (Week of April 20)

Batting averages  
Player, School    AB    R    H    RBI    AVG.

Poulter, SJ-O    47    30    31    22    .660

Area girls' soccer leaders (week of April 20)

Brunner, Mahomet-Seymour    13
Chalifoux, Central    12
Haney, Mahomet-Seymour    11
Johnson-Monfort, Mahomet-Seymour    8
Lilly, University High    7
L. Taylor, Centennial    5
Torres, Danville    5
Fulk, Mahomet-Seymour    4

Bulletin board: Central meet hits 10th year

CHAMPAIGN — There will be no shortage of runners in town Saturday. In addition to the seventh Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, Champaign Central will hold its 10th girls’ track and field invitational at Centennial High School.