Randy Wolken moved closer to 1,000 career wins with St. Joseph-Ogden softball’s 9-4 triumph at Mattoon on Monday, his 998th while leading the Spartans. Before SJ-O plays at Unity on Tuesday, a look at five ex-area coaches who shined at their respective schools:
MONTICELLO — Ballgames on the first school day after prom weekend are often trap games for high school teams.
Monticello softball coach Christine Dickerson was concerned how her Sages would react to that situation Monday.
No. 1 Tuscola starts the week on a 21-game win streak. More on our latest rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:
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Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:
1. MONDAY: Mattoon at St. Joseph-Ogden, softball, 5 p.m.
Bulldogs win twice. Mahomet-Seymour (11-9) defeated Tremont 16-2 and Eureka 19-2, both five-inning wins, as Brooks Coetzee and Bradley Hamilton each went 3 for 4 with three RBI in the win against Tremont. Kyle Kinney went 2 for 4 with four RBI against Eureka.
ST. JOSEPH — Randy Wolken was taken aback.
He was interviewing for the boys' basketball head coaching job at St. Joseph-Ogden in 1979 when principal Bob Yeazel told him that in order to win the job, Wolken would also have to become the head coach of the school's new softball team.
Arcola 12, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 8. Quinten Helmuth (2 for 3, three RBI) and Daniel Mendoza (2 for 3, two RBI) led the Purple Riders to a road win in eight innings. Waylon Schlabach and Cody Miller each drove in two runs for the Knights.
Blue Ridge 12, Armstrong-Potomac 0. Freshman pitcher Aaron Jayne fanned nine batters while firing his first varsity no-hitter as the Knights blanked the Trojans. Alec Lyle smashed a single and a triple, and Drew Wells scored a run for the Knights (12-10). The Trojans are now 1-10.