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.
With the girls' soccer playoffs getting under way, staff writer Marcus Jackson offers storylines for five different spring sports postseasons:
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 – 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.
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.
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."
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.
CHAMPAIGN – Mikki Johnson is still the concerned parent of teenage athletes, but the former Illinois football player has fewer worries this week.
HOOPESTON – Zach Davis came within a home run of hitting for the cycle for Westville in an 11-6 baseball win against Hoopeston Area on Friday. Davis singled, doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and scored three times to power the Tigers. Teammate Nick Jones also had three hits to go along with three RBI and two runs.