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.

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.”