Athletes of the Week

Cameron Ford, Danville, Senior, Track

Recently: Was a two-event winner in the Big 12 Conference meet, winning the shot put and discus and helping the Vikings finish in second place.

Quote: "This is my third year to win discus, and I wanted to win shot in my career."

Lineups loom large for state tennis bids

CHAMPAIGN – Let the mind games begin.

One of the more interesting pieces of the boys' tennis sectional each spring – or girls' sectional each fall – is deciphering which way the sectional coaches will go when determining their lineups for the postseason.

Athletes of the Week

Jason Ziegler,  Junior, Mahomet-Seymour Baseball

Recently: Lefty pitched his first career no-hitter against Normal University High in a Corn Belt Conference tournament game. At 6-1, he is a big reason why M-S won the Corn Belt regular season title.

Springing into action

With the girls' soccer playoffs getting under way, staff writer Marcus Jackson offers storylines for five different spring sports postseasons:


Wheeler, Blue Ridge roll to another win

FARMER CITY – Jordan Wheeler pitched Blue Ridge to its 21st straight prep softball win Wednesday, leading the Knights to a 6-2 victory against Paxton-Buckley- Loda.

Wheeler, who also drove in a run, improved to 22-3.

Jordyn Fones, Marcie Crawford and Wheeler all were 3 for 4 with an RBI for Blue Ridge (26-5).

Urbana's Johnson, Danville's Janesky come up big in wins

URBANA – Timely offense and a sparkling defensive play for the final out helped Urbana beat Centennial 6-5 on Tuesday night in a Big 12 baseball game.

Prep insider: Mammen wins state title

Mammen wins state title

URBANA – Freshman Cameron Mammen, from Urbana, won the 152-pound Cadet Division freestyle wrestling state championship last weekend at the UI Armory.

Athletes of the Week

Steve Schroeder, Monticello sophomore, track

Recently: One of two area athletes this season to run the 3,200 meters under 10 minutes, he won Friday's Spartan Classic in 9 minutes, 58.77 seconds.

Quote: "Right now my time is a good place to start. I'd like to build on it."

Aquino, Luesse lift Central softball

DECATUR – Champaign Central swept Decatur Eisenhower in a Big 12 softball doubleheader Saturday.

Maeve Aquino picked up her first win of the season as the Maroons (3-17) won the first game 10-8. Aubrie Luesse had three RBI and Monica Rondon went 3 for 4 as Central beat the Panthers (5-15) in the second game 8-2.

Video: Illinois Marathon 2010 Volunteers

 Danielle Perlin of the UI College of Media's multimedia lab looks at how volunteers make the marathon possible 

Danielle Perlin

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