Colin's Best Of The Bunch: March 20, 2018

This week's Best of the Bunch, with preps coordinator Colin Likas, offers props to athletes from Urbana, Monticello, Champaign Central, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Chrisman and St. Thomas More.

Warriors take care of win late

TUSCOLA — Blustery wind can play havoc early in a softball season.

Much like losing a team's top pitcher to graduation and another key contributor to injury.

The Tuscola softball team can relate to both items after the Warriors' 8-7 home win against Douglas County rival Villa Grove on Monday.

Faces of Spring 2018: Softball

Faces of Spring softball 2018. In March, some of the sport's brightest stars from area high schools stopped by our studios for preseason portraits.

Friday's prep highlights | Sages slide past ALAH

In baseball

Blue Ridge 16, Westville 0. Knights pitcher Aaron Jayne only allowed two hits in six innings, allowing Blue Ridge (3-1) to down Westville (0-2) for a road win. Trey Bryant collected two hits for the Tigers.

HS Softball: Monticello vs. ALAH

Monticello vs. Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in a prep softball game at Monticello High School on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Prep highlights | M-S rolls past Bloomington

In baseball

Blue Ridge 9, Iroquois West 1. The Raiders (2-1) were stifled by Blue Ridge (2-0), with the Knights attack paced by Sam Duggins and Dane Houser. They combined to drive in four runs, while Ethan Martinez drove in the lone Raider run.

VIDEO: Fisher at Urbana Softball Highlights

Highlights from Fisher visiting Urbana for a softball matchup on Thursday, March 15, with postgame reaction from Bunnies senior Ciara Jackson and coach Ken Ingold.

Unlikely home run keys Bunnies' win

URBANA — Prior to Wednesday's season opener against St. Thomas More, it had been quite some time since Ciara Jackson had taken the diamond for Fisher softball.

Two years, in fact.

The senior has dealt with a hip injury since the conclusion of her freshman campaign, keeping her out of all Bunnies athletics.

Prep highlights, March 14, 2018

In baseball

Central 23, Kankakee 0. The Maroons opened their 2018 campaign by humbling the Kays in a game played at Champaign. Central hurler Jake Meyer struck out 11 and allowed just one hit to pick up the victory. Sam Butler, Cam Robinson and Joel Sarver each had three RBI while Connor Milton scored four runs to lead Central.