Illineks enjoy strong showing at state

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The Urbana Uni High doubles team of Alex Mestre and Edo Roth advanced to the quarterfinals of the IHSA state tourney Friday before finally losing.

It took the top-seeded duo to end their winning ways. It took a tiebreaker to decide the first set, too, as the Illineks tandem refused to go down without a fight.

Bulldogs gain confidence

NORMAL — Mahomet-Seymour knocked off Big 12 champion Bloomington on Thursday.

Its reward is the top seed — and regional host — in Normal West in Saturday's championship game.

Bulletin board: Upon further review, Smith sets record

TUSCOLA — Sophomore Broc Smith, from Tuscola, left last week's News-Gazette Honor Roll meet as the winner of the 200-meter dash. A day later, he learned his time was a meet record.

Maroons win third straight sectional tennis title

URBANA — Needing a miracle to win its third consecutive sectional tennis title, Champaign Central got it, from a pair of injured players. Austin Aten and Ryan Smith delivered.

Teams of the Week: Schlarman boys' track shines

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With 10 of 11 squad members who competed scoring points, Hilltoppers went from last in the Vermilion Valley Conference the past three years to first place. Jesse Hahne set a record in the 1,600 meters (4:30.9), and Andrew Kelly (high jump) and John O'Brien (3,200) were also triumphant.

Tuesday's highlights: Central tops rival Centennial


In Class 1A regionals

Blue Ridge 10, Hartsburg-Emden 0. MELINDA WILSON had two hits, including a three-run home run and drove in four to lead the Knights at Heyworth. LIZ CORDES added two hits with two RBI and winning pitcher JORDAN WHEELER, who fired a one-hitter with eight strikeouts, scored two runs.

Tuesday's highlights: SJ-O squeaks by Sabers


Unity 6, Monticello 4. AUSTIN FENDER outdueled Monticello's JACOB WILLIAMS, picking up the win in a three-hit, 10-strikeout effort while pitching around four errors. The Sages made three errors behind Williams, who allowed four hits and struck out 11. CONNOR GRACE had an RBI double for the Rockets.

Athletes of the Week: Houmes, Aten

Lauren Houmes

Hoopeston Area, track and field


Saturday's highlights: SJ-O remains unbeaten

In softball

Bismarck-Henning 12, Hoopeston Area 2. LEXI BALLARD had three hits and an RBI and ASHLEE RONTO added two hits and three RBI to lead the visiting Blue Devils. The Cornjerkers got two hits and an RBI from SYDNEY CLARK.

Friday's highlights: Canfield sets IHSA hits record

In baseball

Armstrong-Potomac 3, Oakwood 2. DAVIN MILES hit a two-run single in the first inning, and WADE ROGERS' RBI single in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie to lift the visiting Trojans. ZACK GIRTON had two hits for Oakwood.