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

Saturday's highlights: Lamb propels STM baseball

In baseball

■ St. Thomas More 14, Schlarman 0. St. Thomas More’s seven-run second inning put Schlarman away. Mike Lamb had two hits and three RBI for the Sabers, while Jake Walters struck out seven in four innings for the win.

Thursday's highlights: Centennial, Central baseball teams win

In baseball

■ Champaign Central 5, Danville 4. Maroons pitcher Dominic Erlinger didn’t walk a batter and earned the win, with reliever Phillip Swartz earning the save. Joshua Caughey had a pair of hits and scored two runs for Central (14-2). Devante Hicks had two hits and scored one of the Vikings’ runs.

On campus: Lehmann, Slaughter sparkle

— Two former area swimmers earned honors at the NCAA Division III National Championships.

Senior Blake Lehmann, from Champaign Central, earned All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the 100 butterfly and the 50 free, and honorable mention All-America honors in the 100 free.

Area prep statistics: Boys' tennis (April 12)


J. Thomas, Centennial    No. 2    5-0    1.000
Thope, Central    No. 1    4-0    1.000
Fernandes, Urbana    No. 4    3-0    1.000