Athletes of the Week: Gilbert and Stiers

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.

On campus: Haas rates tennis honor

— 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.

Area prep statistics: Boys' tennis (May 3)

Athlete, School    Pos.    Rec.    Pct.

J. Thomas, Centennial    No. 2    12-0    1.000
W. Thomas, Centennial    No 6    7-0    1.000

Saturday's highlights: Centennial soccer wins title

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.

Thursday's highlights: Sages rally past Sabers

In baseball

■ 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.

Bulletin board: Smith signs with Prairie Stars

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.

Teams of the Week: Central track and field leads way

Champaign Central boys’ track and field

Athletes of the Week: Gordon and Welter

Vincent Gordon
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.

April 28 prep sports chat

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 12:30pm

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.