Best of Fred, No. 13: Under great direction

Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:

There seems to be a perception that when an individual or a team is anointed as the best at something, then everyone else is chopped liver.

Let’s quickly set that myth to rest.

Wednesday's prep highlights: STM, Central baseball victorious

In baseball

■ St. Thomas More 4, Fisher 0. Brandon Taylor pitched a complete-game three-hitter, striking out six, for the host Sabers. Carson Kasbergen and Harrison York had two hits apiece for STM (10-13). Fisher’s Brett Cagle struck out five in 51/3 innings.

Tuesday's highlights: Bristow breaks school record

In baseball

■ Centennial 13, Danville 5. Quin Nottingham had a pair of doubles and swiped two bases as the Chargers topped the Vikings. Tristan Wolfe smashed a double for the Vikings.

High school extra: SJ-O rules softball rankings

Bulletin board: News & notes from around the area

IBCA honors area coaches

NORMAL — Eighteen head coaches from the area or with area connections received Coach of the Year awards on Saturday from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

Athletes of the Week: Ben Williamson and Maddy Chalifoux

Ben Williamson

Blue Ridge baseball

Why he was chosen: Williamson flashed his versatility last week in a pair of Heart of Illinois Conference wins for the Knights. He went 3 for 4 with three RBI in a victory against Heyworth and followed that up with two hits while throwing a two-hitter to beat Ridgeview.

Area statistics: Boys' tennis (May 5)


Player, School Pos. Rec. WP

A. Scaggs, Centennial No. 3 8-0 1.000

Zheng, Centennial No. 2 6-0 1.000

S. Guo, University High No. 6 4-0 1.000

Higgs, University High No. 5 4-0 1.000

C. Guo, Centennial No. 6 2-0 1.000

M. Scaggs, Centennial No. 4 13-2 .867

Singh, Centennial No. 1 13-2 .867

Friday's prep highlights: Sages win 20th baseball game

In baseball

■ Monticello 5, Tri-Valley 4. The visiting Sages managed to earn the nonconference win — their 20th of the season — despite allowing three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Austin Hopper (3 for 4, three RBI) contributed in a big way for Monticello, with Ryne Bundy (2 for 3) and David Vanderkloot (2 for 4, RBI) also chipping in for the Sages (20-3).

Thursday's highlights: Phelps tosses perfect game

In baseball

■ Oakwood 14, Schlarman 0. Oakwood’s Hunter Phelps struck out nine in a six-inning perfect game, with the Comets cutting the game short thanks to eight runs in the top of the sixth. Skylar Bolton and Cameron Cawley each went 3 for 4 for Oakwood, and six different Comets drove in a run apiece. 


HS Tennis: Centennial vs. Danville

Centennial vs. Danviile in a prep tennis match at Lindsay Courts in Champaign on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.