Athletes of the Week: Taylor and Estes

Connor Taylor
Salt Fork baseball

Why he was chosen: The Storm senior stifled Bismarck-Henning, striking out 13 in throwing a one-hit shutout during Salt Fork’s 1-0 victory and only tossing 76 pitches to earn the win.

From Taylor: “I placed the ball pretty well. I had my curveball working well, and I tried to keep them off balance.”

Teams of the Week: SJ-O baseball leads way


St. Joseph-Ogden baseball

Stout pitching and timely hitting ensured coach Josh Haley’s team would sweep Okaw Valley Conference rival Unity. The Spartans take a perfect OVC record into today’s game at Rantoul.


Mahomet-Seymour girls' soccer

On campus: Carter, Blaase deliver on track

Several former area athletes are among their respective conference leaders in Division I track and field.

— In the SEC, Kentucky junior Destiny Carter, from Danville, holds the second-best time in the 100 meters at 11.15 seconds. Senior Chelsea Blaase, from St. Joseph-Ogden, leads the SEC in the 10,000 meters with a time of 32 minutes, 8.39 seconds for Tennessee.

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

PODCAST: Sports Talk 4-20-16

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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.