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Eureka move shakes up conferences

The constant on the prep sports scene, it seems, is change.

Earlier in the school year, Maroa-Forsyth announced it’s leaving the Okaw Valley Conference after the 2015-16 school year.

That conference will operate with five schools.

This week, officials at Eureka confirmed intentions to withdraw from the Corn Belt Conference following the 2015-16 school year.

Tuesday's prep highlights: SJ-O edges Unity in baseball

In baseball

■ St. Joseph-Ogden 2, Unity 0. Cole Berry fanned nine Rockets over seven innings. Zeke Eisenmenger was 2 for 2 for the host Rockets.

■ Central 8, Danville 1. Alec Barger struck out six batters, allowed two hits and did not allow an earned run for the Maroons.

Athletes of the Week: Williams and Tabb

Alex Williams
Rantoul boys’ track and field


Why he was chosen: Williams won the discus last Wednesday in a three-team meet in Danville and helped the Eagles win their first meet since 2011. Rantoul repeated as meet winner Saturday in its own eight-school invitational, and Williams was a double winner in the shot put and discus.

Area statistics: Boys' tennis (April 14)

Singles

Player, School Pos. Rec. WP

A. Scaggs, Centennial No. 3 2-0 1.000

Gunderson, University High No. 1 1-0 1.000

C. Guo, Centennial No. 2 1-0 1.000

S. Guo, University High No. 6 1-0 1.000

Higgs, University High No. 5 1-0 1.000

K. Kim, Centennial No. 6 1-0 1.000

Small, Centennial No. 5 1-0 1.000

Saturday's prep highlights: Urbana baseball sweeps

In baseball

Urbana 11-16, Peoria 6-1. Isaiah Fitzgerald had two hits in the first game for the Tigers. Britton Roberts added two RBI. In the second game, Fitzgerald had three RBI.

Thursday's highlights: Little action on stormy evening

In baseball

■ Tuscola 24, Clinton 2. Tommy Watson was a human hitting machine for the Warriors. He blasted a three-run homer in the second inning and followed up with a grand slam in the fourth. He crossed the plate five times and drove in eight runs as the Warriors clobbered Clinton.

Athletes of the Week: Brunner and Thope

Aley Brunner
Mahomet-Seymour girls’ soccer


Why she was chosen: The Bulldogs senior had a particularly productive run in three Mahomet-Seymour wins last week. She had three assists against Monticello, three goals against Centennial and three goals and an assist against Herscher.

April 9 high school sports chat

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:30pm

Prep sports guru Fred Kroner is hitting the area scene, getting to know the latest happenings on the spring sports calendar. What track and field standouts might bring home a state title in late May? How is the search for a boys' basketball coach at Champaign Central going? How's the area baseball and softball scene? When's the fourth annual News-Gazette/Parkland all-star basketball games?