Villa Grove Blue Devils

Villa Grove Blue Devils

Villa Grove's Eversole comes up clutch in close victory

CHAMPAIGN — Jeana Block gathered her Villa Grove softball team outside the Blue Devils' first-base dugout.

The top of the fifth inning had just ended during Wednesday's Class 1A St. Thomas More Sectional semifinal game between Villa Grove and Fisher, with the visiting Bunnies holding a precarious one-run lead.

Ray's no-hitter leads Villa Grove to long-awaited title

VILLA GROVE — Jeana Block knew better than to dwell when her Villa Grove softball team dropped seven of its first eight games this season.

That same awareness kept the coach from being too surprised Friday evening when the same group of Blue Devils huddled together for pictures, posing with the program's first regional-title plaque since 2005.

Area prep softball statistical leaders: May 17, 2019

Batting Averages

Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Dowling, SJ-O 91 60 60 41 .659

Cosgrove, PBL 84 37 48 58 .571

Standish, Lex/Ridg 49 21 28 30 .571

Bauer, Watsk 65 32 37 35 .569

Dukeman, SJ-O 102 49 58 48 .569

Knudsen, Unity 106 45 60 24 .566

Stal, GRF 103 44 58 43 .563

Lowenstein, Danvl 47 23 26 10 .553

Area prep baseball statistical leaders: May 16, 2019

Batting averages

Player, School AB R H RBI AVG.

C. Kresin, Tuscl 96 37 51 46 .531

Duncan, Ridgvw 43 5 22 11 .512

M. Miller, AOC 69 34 35 28 .507

Jayne, BlRdg 77 21 38 18 .494

Atwood, Milfrd 70 24 34 34 .486

Barney, Milfrd 70 36 34 20 .486

Schrodt, PBL 71 34 34 18 .479

I. Ruch, Oakwd 89 23 42 30 .472

Spartan's Rose steals the show

TOLONO — Adam Rose faced a basic reality Wednesday afternoon.

The St. Joseph-Ogden baseball pitcher saw Villa Grove/Heritage's first seven hitters produce four stolen bases across the opening two innings. It led to one run and chances for more.

So the Spartans senior simply didn't allow the Hawks to reach base anymore.

Villa Grove/Heritage vs. St. Joseph-Ogden baseball highlights

Video highlights from a Class 2A Unity baseball regional semifinal between Villa Grove/Heritage and St. Joseph-Ogden on May 16, 2019, in Tolono, with postgame reaction from Spartans coach Josh Haley and athlete Adam Rose, as well as Hawks coach Jason Conn.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Dowling swats three home runs to advace Spartans

In softball

Class 2A

Unity Regional

VIDEO: News-Gazette Honor Roll Meet

Check out highlights from Monday's News-Gazette Honor Roll Meet, including Urbana high jumper Diamonasia Taylor's meet record of 5-foot-10.

All systems are go for Snedeker

CHRISMAN — Hearing Quinci Snedeker discuss a recent obstacle to her track and field career, one wouldn't have any idea it affects more than just her performance for the Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman girls'.

"I kind of crashed at a race," the Cardinal student said. "Had a couple heart issues from what my watch has been tracking."

Area girls' track and field honor roll: May 11, 2019

100 Meters

Athlete School Time/Distance

Ameia Wilson, Danville 11.87

Mattie Lieb, Monticello 12.42

Sierra Bryant, BHRA 12.51

Tanaya Young, Rantoul 12.53

Maclayne Taylor, SJ-O 12.55

Dasauna Combs, Urbana 12.62

Alexis Puetz, Milford/CP 12.65

Mya Tinsley, R/L 12.70

Tori Burke, Clinton 12.71