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.

Area prep statistics: Boys' tennis (April 26)


J. Thomas, Centennial    No. 2    11-0    1.000
Behrensmeyer, St. Thomas More    No. 3    6-0    1.000

Saturday's highlights: Central's Mainor breaks school mark

In baseball
Centennial 14-2, Peoria Richwoods 0-3. Mason Joop drove in four runs on three hits, Jordan Williams knocked in three and Alec Thomas and Cameron Hedge combined for a shutout in the opener. Luke Smith homered in the second game, but the Chargers’ offense was stifled.

Thursday's highlights: Bulldogs softball walks off

In baseball
Bloomington 5, Champaign Central 4. Matt Brown had two doubles and an RBI while Joe Aeilts also had two hits and two RBI for the Maroons (15-5, 4-2 Big 12 Conference) in a game halted in the sixth inning because of lightning.

HS Boys Tennis: Central vs. Centennial

Centennial vs. Centrl in a prep tennis match at Lindsay Courts in Champaign  on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Athletes of the Week: Taylor and Estes

Connor Taylor
Salt Fork baseball

Why he was chosen: The Storm senior stifled Bismarck-Henning, striking out 13 in throwing a one-hit shutout during Salt Fork’s 1-0 victory and only tossing 76 pitches to earn the win.

From Taylor: “I placed the ball pretty well. I had my curveball working well, and I tried to keep them off balance.”

"Illini Prairie" selected as name for Okaw Valley-Corn Belt merger

The new conference consisting of the 10 remaining teams in the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt Conferences will be named the Illini Prairie Conference, the conference announced Wednesday.

The conference will begin play during the 2017-2018 school year.

Tuesday's highlights: Spartans roll past Rantoul

In baseball
■ Centennial 5, Urbana 1. Jordan Williams drove in two runs, Matt Davis tripled and scored three runs, Kellen Sarver added two hits and Cameron Hedge threw six innings of two-hit ball and struck out nine to lead the host Chargers to a Big 12 win. Tim King, Traezhan King and Russell Shaffer each had a hit for the Tigers.

Area prep statistics: Boys' tennis (April 19)


J. Thomas, Centennial    No. 2    8-0    1.000
Behrensmeyer, St. Thomas More    No. 3    5-0    1.000