Friday's highlights: SJ-O edges Centennial

In baseball

■ St. Joseph-Ogden 1, Centennial 0. A pitchers’ duel between Colton Carr from SJ-O and Alec Thomas from Centennial ended in the bottom of the seventh inning when Mason Coon hit a walkoff home run on the first pitch of the inning to lift SJ-O (21-3) to the home win.

Thursday's highlights: Sages rally past Sabers

In baseball

■ Monticello 6, St. Thomas More 2. The Sages scored three runs in the sixth inning to break open a 2-2 tie. Logan Hislope went 2 for 4 and drove in a run for the Sages. Luke Stokowski hit a double and had two RBI for Monticello. Nick Fruehling was 3 for 4 and scored a run for the Sabers.

Area prep softball leaders

Batting Average
Player/School    AB    R    H    RBI    AVG.
A. Watson, Tuscl    78    54    52    23    .667
Graver, SJ-O    53    29    34    16    .642

Teams of the Week: Central track and field leads way

Champaign Central boys’ track and field

Athletes of the Week: Gordon and Welter

Vincent Gordon
Centennial track and field

Why he was chosen: The senior flourished for the Chargers, winning the 100-meter dash and 200 at the 16-team Red Grange Invitational in Wheaton, which came three days after he won the 100, 200 and 400 in a dual meet against Normal Community.

On campus: Leverenz shows way at meet

— Four area athletes recorded personal-best performances at the Illinois Twilight meet. Sophomore Johnny Leverenz, from Danville, won the 800 in an outdoor personal-best time of 1 minute, 50.79 seconds, which places the Butler middle-distance runner in the top 10 in the Big East.

Wednesday's highlights: Maroons combine on five-hitter

In baseball

■ Champaign Central 11, Normal West 5. Pitchers Phillip Swartz and Cam Robinson combined on a five-hitter as the Maroons (17-5) handled the Wildcats at McKinley Field. Swartz fanned six batters in four innings, and Robinson pitched three scoreless innings to earn a save. Central teammates Alec Barger and Josh Caughey each stroked three hits.

April 28 prep sports chat

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 12:30pm

The postseason is drawing closer for area high school spring sports teams. Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis has insight on all the area sports, so pepper him with questions in his weekly chat. Feel free to submit questions ahead of his 12:30 p.m. give-and-take on Thursday.

Tuesday's highlights: Chargers shut out Vikings

In baseball

Monday's highlights: Monticello softball tops Urbana

In baseball
Tuscola 4, Central A&M 0. Nick Bates pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out 14 in a win on the road. Bates totaled two hits, as did teammates Andrew Erickson, Dalton Hoel and Kaleb Williams.