Wolken among local coaches built to thrive

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:

Dick Duval


Host Sages heed coach's post-prom warning

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.

HS Softball: Monticello vs. Urbana

Monticello takes on Urbana in softball action at Monticello on Monday, April 24, 2017. 

N-G softball: Top 10 (April 24)

No. 1 Tuscola starts the week on a 21-game win streak. More on our latest rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:


Advanced Prep (Week of April 24)

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.

Saturday's highlights: Danville baseball sweeps Big 12 matchup

In baseball

Eureka Round-Robin

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.

Zilis: Wolken's winning culture nears 1,000-win plateau

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.

Friday's highlights: Tuscola softball 21st straight win

In baseball

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.

Thursday's highlights: Blue Ridge's Jayne hurls no-hitter

In baseball

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.