Walton helps Eagles soar

RANTOUL — This could have proven frustrating to Madisyn Walton and her Rantoul softball teammates.

Going from a No. 5 seed in the Class 3A postseason last year to a No. 9 seed this time around, despite graduating just three seniors from the 2018 Eagles outfit.

It's not exactly the anticipated outcome, on paper.

To Walton, however, this downward shift is no big deal.

Unity's freshmen are Wise beyond their years

TOLONO — Four freshmen started on Saturday for Unity's softball team.

Playing in a regional title game — and the subsequent pressure that arises in a win-or-go-home postseason format — might usually lead to a few nerves. A few mistakes. Especially in a close game.

Monday's prep highlights: Bohlen helps Bulldogs through regional quarterfinal

In baseball

Class 3A

Mahomet-Seymour Regional

HS 2A Softball Regional: Rantoul vs. Urbana

Rantoul vs. Urbana in a Class 2A Regional quarterfinal game at Wabash Park in Rantoul on Monday, May 20, 2019.

2019 baseball, softball and girls' soccer schedules/results


March 13    at Monticello            PPD

Sisters enjoying chance to play together on Chargers

CHAMPAIGN — Hannah and Leah Luchinski have been familiar faces on Centennial's softball and volleyball teams the last two years.

There was a time, however, when the sisters — separated by two years in age — couldn't seem to take the diamond or court at the same time.

Unless they were playing against one another.

Powell helps power Rockets in regional title win

TOLONO — Aimee Davis didn't think any home runs would happen on Saturday.

Especially with the wind blowing in at Unity softball's home diamond.

Bunnies softball hauls in regional hardware

DWIGHT — Missing out on a regional championship last year didn't affect the Fisher softball team on Saturday.

The Bunnies recorded an 11-4 win against Gardner-South Wilmington to win the Class 1A Dwight Regional title, giving the program its sixth regional title in the past seven seasons.

Saturday's prep highlights: Central baseball wins Charlie Due Tournament

In boys' tennis

Class 1A Uni High Sectional

Ray's no-hitter leads Villa Grove to long-awaited title

VILLA GROVE — Jeana Block knew better than to dwell when her Villa Grove softball team dropped seven of its first eight games this season.

That same awareness kept the coach from being too surprised Friday evening when the same group of Blue Devils huddled together for pictures, posing with the program's first regional-title plaque since 2005.