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.
GIBSON CITY – Jessica Hunter belted a grand slam and drove in five runs for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley in the Falcons' 11-0 softball win against Schlarman on Thursday.
Regan Romshek homered twice and drove in three runs. The sophomore also fired a one-hit shutout, striking out 12.
PAXTON – Dylan Overstreet pitched a four-hit shutout to lead Paxton-Buckley-Loda past St. Joseph-Ogden 5-0 on Tuesday in prep baseball.
Overstreet, Andy Fairchild, Jacob Bender and Jordan Glad each drove in a run for the Panthers (11-3). Overstreet walked three and struck out eight.
Andy Bensyl had two hits for the Spartans (7-7).
Trace McClintock, Oakwood senior, Baseball
Recently: Hit two home runs during a 9-for-16 streak with 11 RBI and picked up a win pitching.
Quote: "I wasn't aware of all I did last week; I'm not usually a power hitter."
DANVILLE – Morgan King hit for the cycle and drove in nine runs as Danville completed a softball doubleheader sweep with a 16-14 victory against Unity on Saturday.
King had two singles, a double, a triple and a homer. Casey Cromwell added three hits.