Athletes of the Week
Centennial, junior, baseball
NORMAL — If she had the chance to do it all over again, Madie Baillon wouldn’t change anything.
After graduating from St. Thomas More, the former two-time Area Tennis Player of the Year would still start her collegiate career at Illinois State University.
“I kind of considered (Illinois), but I wanted to be a little away from home,” Baillon said.
Now, she knows better.
■ Okaw Valley 2-2, Tri-County 1-0. In game one, Cyrus Furgeson and Brandon Getche had two hits apiece for the Titans. Campbell Foster struck out six.
In the second game, Foster had one hit for the Titans, while Furgeson pitched a complete game and struck out three.
ST. JOSEPH — Former St. Joseph-Ogden athletic director Dale Doehring will be enshrined posthumously Saturday night in the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in Peoria.
Doehring, who died in April 2012, was SJ-O’s athletic director from 1979 until retiring in 2004.
■ Westville 7, Hoopeston Area 0. Tyler Dicken struck out seven and allowed three hits in a complete-game shutout for the host Tigers. Mark Strebin had three hits and three runs. Tristan Flynn had two hits and one RBI. Austin Milholland drove in three runs, and Kyle Brazas scored two runs.
■ Central 14, Tri-County 0. Phillip Swartz tossed a two-hit shutout and the visiting Maroons (23-1) cruised to a five-inning win. Swartz struck out seven and improved to 7-0 on the season, while Nick Brunson (two doubles, four RBI) and Luke Beesley (three hits) led the 13-hit attack by Central.
UNITY BASS FISHING
The Rockets qualified for state (May 9-10) by winning their second consecutive sectional championship at Lake Vermilion. C.J. Parks and Ryan Spencer teamed up to catch fish weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces.
CLINTON GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD
In boys’ tennis
■ At Danville. Patrick Kearney led Centennial to a 9-0 victory against the Vikings. Kearney won his singles match 6-0, 6-0. Kearney and Andrew Scaggs teamed up for a 6-0, 6-0 victory in doubles. Matthew Scaggs and Sunny Singh each had 6-0, 6-1 singles victories.
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