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Sabers can make a big state-ment

CHAMPAIGN — The St. Thomas More and Manteno girls’ soccer teams stand out.

Not just because a win tonight at Lewis University in Romeoville means a Class 1A state trophy is a step closer for one of the programs.

3A/4A softball regionals: A lot on the line

CHAMPAIGN — Rantoul and Mahomet-Seymour experienced a different softball regular season this past spring.

Namely because of the fact the two former Corn Belt Conference rivals didn’t play each other.

Janson stars on mound, at plate for Chargers

CHAMPAIGN — Before pitchers can take control of a game, they have to take control of where their pitches are thrown.

Amy Janson was zoned in on Monday as Centennial’s softball team opened postseason play by completing a three-game season sweep of Urbana, posting a 15-5 decision in a Class 3A first-round game on the Chargers’ field.

Area statistics: Boys' tennis (May 26)

Athlete, School    Pos.    Rec.    WP

S. Guo, University High    No. 6    6-0    1.000
Higgs, University High    No. 5    5-0    1.000

Illini earn national seed, date with Ohio

CHAMPAIGN — Forty-seven wins.

A consensus top-five national ranking in the final weeks of the regular season.

The Big Ten regular-season title.

A 27-game winning streak.

Texas prep chooses Illini volleyball

CHAMPAIGN — Emily Hollowell started playing volleyball in seventh grade. It was a somewhat late start considering 10U or 11U teams are the new normal.

Illinois Baseball: NCAA selection

Illinois baseball teammates gather at Billy Barooz to find out their tournament line up during the NCAA baseball selection special on Monday, May 25, 2015. 

Wait is over: Illinois will host baseball regional

CHAMPAIGN — An NCAA Regional will be held in Champaign this week. Games start Friday and could run through June 1.

That much the Illinois baseball team found out Sunday night when the 16 NCAA Regional hosts were announced, and the Illini didn’t have to wait long with the host cities announced on Twitter in alphabetical order.

Area 3A, 4A teams receive clean slate

CHAMPAIGN — Playing baseball or softball on Memorial Day is common.

Among families. Among friends. Among youth teams.

And among high school teams. Yet the five area teams embarking on the postseason Monday realize many won’t anticipate them playing later this week.