Jessica Gilbert, Blue Ridge softball
Why she was chosen: The junior compiled a .667 average in four games last week, driving in 11 runs, including a walkoff single in a win against Ridgeview, in helping the Knights post a 3-1 record.
— Senior Lori Haas, from Bismarck-Henning, was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the first such honor for the Purdue-Calumet tennis player. In the Peregrines’ season finale, Haas earned her 28th career win at No. 1 singles and 19th career win in doubles, both of which set program marks. Haas finished the season at 9-2 in singles.
Athlete, School Pos. Rec. Pct.
J. Thomas, Centennial No. 2 12-0 1.000
W. Thomas, Centennial No 6 7-0 1.000
CHARLESTON — Two blowouts helped Centennial girls’ soccer claim the Charleston Tournament title on Saturday, with the Chargers topping Mattoon 7-0 before downing Urbana 6-0.
■ 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.
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More senior Airiana Smith signed last week with Illinois-Springfield, where she’ll continue her basketball career.
Smith averaged 6.5 points per game and knocked down 25 three-pointers this season, when the Sabers made a run to a Class 3A sectional title-game appearance. She earned News-Gazette All-Area special mention honors.
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.
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.