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Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 3, Seeger (Ind.) 2. Noah Jordan's seventh-inning single brought home Hunter Keith and gave the Blue Devils (5-2-1) a walk-off triumph over an out-of-state visitor. Keith scored twice and stole three bases, while Wade Edwards notched the win by striking out five in four innings of relief.

Area softball leaders (As of April 6, 2018)


Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Warren, Milfrd 6 3 5 4 .833

K. Johnson, GRF/C 10 8 8 14 .800

Russell, SltFrk 5 4 4 4 .800

Knudsen, Unity 30 16 23 10 .767

Barr, SltFrk 10 5 7 7 .700

Hood, Fisher 19 8 13 10 .684

Baileu, Milfrd 9 4 6 9 .667

M. Harris, Watsk 6 3 4 5 .667

Cm. Newbanks, A-O 21 6 14 13 .667

Illini basketball in line for tougher slate

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men's basketball 2017-18 schedule ranked 77th in the country per the "Toughest Schedule Report" compiled by the NCAA.

Three of the Illini's nonconference opponents from last season — Southern, Tennessee Martin and Longwood — all finished with RPIs topping 300.

The 2018-19 schedule is shaping up to be night and day different.

Top of the Morning, April 6, 2018

It could have gone a different direction for CULLY WELTER. Oh, he was always going to be a coach. But in what sport?

The former Illini standout figured track would be his future. And it is a strong part of it. He has been a track coach throughout his career. But Welter, 48, is a hall of famer for his football work.

HS Tennis: Urbana vs. St.Thomas More

Urbana vs. St.Thomas More in a prep tennis match at Blair Park in Urbana on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Liss leaving Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois forward Cameron Liss will not return for the 2018-19 season. The redshirt junior walk-on announced his decision in a Twitter note Thursday afternoon.

Allegretti family makes donation

Carl Allegretti has been a constant at every Illinois football game the last four seasons.

He has a reason to be. His son, Nick, is a fifth-year offensive lineman and two-year starter for the Illini.

On Thursday, the family announced a gift that will affect the future of the Illinois program even once Nick is done playing after the 2018 season.

Recruiting not letting up for Illini

Even with five prospects lined up for the Class of 2018, Brad Underwood continues work on adding to the Illinois roster.

With three open scholarships still available to use, the Illini will host a junior college point guard this weekend on an official visit.

This is on top of commit Alan Griffin planning to be on the Illinois campus this weekend as well.

Prep baseball storylines: Staying warm, staying focused

Inclement weather is a word area baseball teams have heard all too much this spring. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS checks in with two more programs who are dealing with Mother Nature:

Long layoff for Vikings

DANVILLE — Among the least-busy local clubs so far in 2018 is coach Mike Dokey's Danville Vikings.

Area girls' soccer leaders (As of April 5)


Player, School Goals

Johnson-Monfort, Mahomet-Seymour 12

Bloomberg. St. Thomas More 7

Liggett, Danville 7

Schmitt, St. Thomas More 7

Liebach, St. Thomas More 6

Maupin, Monticello 6

Murray St. Thomas More 4

Ruckman, Uni HIgh 4

Biegler, Mahomet-Seymour 3

DuPree, Central 3

Wade, Mahomet-Seymour 3