Teams of the week


The Tigers enjoyed their most productive season in history. Coach Amy Boscolo's team set four school records and had Class 2A state placers in five events. McKenzie White won three medals.


Rice delivers in clutch for Rockets

TOLONO – Caleb Rice drove in Austin Fender from second base with two outs in the seventh inning to lift Unity to a 5-4 victory against Oakwood on Saturday in a Class 2A regional semifinal baseball game.

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."