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.
FISHER – Dillon Jones' RBI single in the bottom of the seventh plated Parker Perrero to lead Fisher to a 3-2 baseball win against LeRoy on Wednesday.
Kam Mason collected two hits for the Bunnies (12-6, 7-2 Heart of Illinois), who got two hits from Perrero. LeRoy (7-10, 4-5) got three hits from James Brent and two hits, a run and an RBI from Eric Steffen.
Jacob Bateson, Clinton senior, bass fishing
Recently: Bagged six fish accounting for 16.45 pounds to lead Clinton to a sectional title.
The News-Gazette's prep sports coordinator, Fred Kroner, for several months has led the paper's project of naming an Athlete of the Decade for each of the area's prep sports.
FARMER CITY – Jordan Wheeler homered twice to set a school record for career round-trippers and lead the Blue Ridge softball team to its 16th straight victory, 5-1 against Rantoul on Saturday.
Wheeler also pitched a complete-game four-hitter and struck out 10. Her two solo homers gave Wheeler nine for her career.
Supporters of gay, lesbian and transgender rights will hold a march starting at 1 p.m. Sunday from the Alma Mater statue at Green and Wright to the Illinois National Guard Armory at 109 E. Park St., C.
The march is in support of Lt. Dan Choi of New York, an openly gay military linguist who is facing discharge under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.
MAHOMET – Brannon Kwiatkowski homered three times and drove in seven runs for Mahomet-Seymour in a 13-3 win against Normal U-High on Thursday in Corn Belt baseball action.
Kwiatkowski, who has an area-best 13 homers, also scored four times for the Bulldogs. Alex Smith and winning pitcher Jason Ziegler also homered for M-S.
FISHER – Fisher remained unbeaten in the Heart of Illinois Conference as Taw Fredrickson outdueled Blue Ridge's Cody Warren for a 1-0 Bunnies baseball victory Tuesday.
PEORIA – Jordan Wheeler tossed a five-inning perfect game and blasted a two-run home run for Blue Ridge in a 14-0 win against Peoria Manual on Saturday in softball. Melinda Wilson and Casey Thomas also connected for homers.