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.

Clutch Jones leads Fisher

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.

Athletes of the Week

Jacob Bateson, Clinton senior, bass fishing

Recently: Bagged six fish accounting for 16.45 pounds to lead Clinton to a sectional title.

Bleill: And the Big 12 winners are ...

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.

Wheeler rolling along

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.

March planned Sunday in support of gay military man

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.

Kwiatkowski pads area home run lead

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.