Athletes of the Week: Erickson and Smith

Andrew Erickson, Tuscola baseball

Why he was chosen: The sophomore had three games with three RBI last week, including a bases-clearing double during a 7-4 win against Sullivan that clinched the outright Central Illinois Conference title for the Warriors, who are 25-3.

Tuesday's highlights: Rockets win Okaw

In baseball

Area prep statistics: Boys' tennis (May 10)


J. Thomas, Centennial    No. 2    13-0    1.000
W. Thomas, Centennial    No 6    8-0    1.000

Chargers edging Maroons in year's action

The times the Maroons and Chargers meet head-to-head on an athletic field are fleeting this school year. A look back at what has transpired in the past nine months, with Centennial holding an 8-5 edge on Central and three contests remaining:

Specialization isn't stopping three-sport stars

The best female hurdler in the state of Illinois nearly didn’t hurdle.

For Salt Fork senior Jenny Kimbro, the indecision she felt her freshman year is almost unimaginable looking back. But during the fall of that year, she contemplated playing softball instead of running track.

Saturday's highlights: M-S soccer rolls past Central

In baseball
LeRoy Invitational

LeRoy 11, Delavan 6. Austin Lane had three hits and Ricky Vermaat and Brett Egan tallied a pair apiece for the Panthers.
LeRoy 10, Midland 4. Lane notched three hits for the second consecutive game in a win.

May 12 prep sports chat

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:30pm

The postseason is almost near. Plus, Champaign Central and Centennial are playing each other in baseball this week, a clash of two solid Big 12 programs. Who might win state championships in baseball and softball? What about girls' soccer? Track and field? Anything is fair game as preps coordinator Anthony Zilis checks in on all the latest regarding area high school sports in his 12:30 p.m.

May 5 prep sports chat

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 12:30pm

Despite the cold weather thus far in early May, spring sports are in full throttle around the area. Who could vie for state titles in baseball and softball? Who are the area track standouts? What about girls' soccer and boys' tennis? When's The News-Gazette's Honor Roll track and field meet? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is chatting away at 12:30 p.m. today.

Wednesday's highlights: PBL baseball wins thriller

In baseball

■ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 6, Blue Ridge 3. Kaleb Denault had three hits, Jonny Walder had two hits and Luis Rodriguez homered as PBL (19-5) won an eight-inning game in Farmer City against Blue Ridge (19-9). Reliever Cole Eshleman earned his first win of the season. Isaac Trotter had an RBI for the Knights.

Zilis' boys' tennis storylines: Urbana challenges itself

With the postseason less than three weeks away, preps coordinator Anthony Zilis checks in on a trio of area programs

Tigers challenge themselves

URBANA — For meaningful competition, Urbana doesn’t have to wait for matches.