Andrew Erickson, Tuscola baseball
Why he was chosen: The sophomore had three games with three RBI last week, including a bases-clearing double during a 7-4 win against Sullivan that clinched the outright Central Illinois Conference title for the Warriors, who are 25-3.
ATHLETE, SCHOOL POS. REC. PCT.
J. Thomas, Centennial No. 2 13-0 1.000
W. Thomas, Centennial No 6 8-0 1.000
The times the Maroons and Chargers meet head-to-head on an athletic field are fleeting this school year. A look back at what has transpired in the past nine months, with Centennial holding an 8-5 edge on Central and three contests remaining:
The best female hurdler in the state of Illinois nearly didn’t hurdle.
For Salt Fork senior Jenny Kimbro, the indecision she felt her freshman year is almost unimaginable looking back. But during the fall of that year, she contemplated playing softball instead of running track.
■ LeRoy 11, Delavan 6. Austin Lane had three hits and Ricky Vermaat and Brett Egan tallied a pair apiece for the Panthers.
■ LeRoy 10, Midland 4. Lane notched three hits for the second consecutive game in a win.
The postseason is almost near. Plus, Champaign Central and Centennial are playing each other in baseball this week, a clash of two solid Big 12 programs. Who might win state championships in baseball and softball? What about girls' soccer? Track and field? Anything is fair game as preps coordinator Anthony Zilis checks in on all the latest regarding area high school sports in his 12:30 p.m.
Despite the cold weather thus far in early May, spring sports are in full throttle around the area. Who could vie for state titles in baseball and softball? Who are the area track standouts? What about girls' soccer and boys' tennis? When's The News-Gazette's Honor Roll track and field meet? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is chatting away at 12:30 p.m. today.
■ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 6, Blue Ridge 3. Kaleb Denault had three hits, Jonny Walder had two hits and Luis Rodriguez homered as PBL (19-5) won an eight-inning game in Farmer City against Blue Ridge (19-9). Reliever Cole Eshleman earned his first win of the season. Isaac Trotter had an RBI for the Knights.
With the postseason less than three weeks away, preps coordinator Anthony Zilis checks in on a trio of area programs
Tigers challenge themselves
URBANA — For meaningful competition, Urbana doesn’t have to wait for matches.