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 

Parents give Unit 4 plan a thumb's up

CHAMPAIGN – Mikki Johnson is still the concerned parent of teenage athletes, but the former Illinois football player has fewer worries this week.

Davis, Westville top Cornjerkers

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.