Allen, Warriors having a blast

TUSCOLA — Leonard Sementi learned early in Karli Allen’s career that the Tuscola senior’s swing packed a painful amount of power. He has a scar to prove it.

Her sophomore year, Allen’s line drive down the foul line hit Sementi’s shin so hard that two years later he can still identify where the laces of the ball struck him.

Area softball leaders (Week of April 18)

Batting Average  
Player, School    AB    R    H    RBI    AVG.

A. Watson, Tuscl    66    45    47    20    .712

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Scott Beatty and Michael Kiser co-host a shortened show wherein they talk with Illini softball coach Tyra Perry after a victory against Eastern Illinois University.


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"Illini Prairie" selected as name for Okaw Valley-Corn Belt merger

The new conference consisting of the 10 remaining teams in the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt Conferences will be named the Illini Prairie Conference, the conference announced Wednesday.

The conference will begin play during the 2017-2018 school year.

UI athlete seeks continuance in disorderly conduct case

URBANA — A University of Illinois softball player charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly lying about having been mugged is due back in court next month.

Garriott hired as STM girls' basketball coach

When Tom Garriott announced that this year would be his last as Prairie Central’s girls’ basketball coach, he thought he’d take next season off at the very least as he adjusted to his new job at State Farm in Bloomington.

But when Jay Price stepped down at St. Thomas More, his thought process changed.

Questions abound for Illini

The roster is still a bit unsettled for Illinois basketball as it enters the offseason.

Court cases involving Leron Black, Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn factor into that uncertainty, along with the status of whether big man Mike Thorne Jr. will play again for the Illini.

Losing Camp Rantoul costs businesses dearly

RANTOUL — The owner of a motel where Illini football players stayed during Camp Rantoul said new coach Lovie Smith's decision to end the team tradition will be a big blow to his business.

Meanwhile, the owner of another Rantoul business said she turned away bookings, assuming Camp Rantoul would return despite last month's unexpected change in coaches.

Area girls' soccer leaders (Week of April 18)

Player, School        Goals

Geubelle, St. Thomas More    12
Maupin, Monticello    12
W. Olson, Centennial    11
Johnson-Monfort, Mahomet-Seymour    10
Woods, Centennial    8
Martinez, Centennial    7

UI roundup: Baseball wins fifth straight

MATTOON — Behind Jason Goldstein and Andrew Mamlic, Illinois baseball won a one-run game for the first time this season, edging Eastern Illinois 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Goldstein had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Mamlic claimed his second consecutive win as the Illini (18-16) extended their winning streak to a season-best five games.