Wednesday's prep highlights: Parker paces SJ-O

In baseball

■ St. Joseph-Ogden 10, Unity 0. Dalton Parker (5-0) pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out nine as the Spartans (14-3) beat visiting Unity (13-4). Parker drove in four runs, and teammate Aaron Schluter had three RBI.

Softball team wins seventh in a row

Chicago — Jade Vecvanags tossed a three-hit shutout, leading Illinois to a 6-0 nonconference softball victory against DePaul on Wednesday night.

The Illini (19-21) won their seventh consecutive game and 11th in their last 12.

Beckman wants ex-player to fill Juice's role

The last event for Juice Williams in his current role at Illinois is Saturday’s spring game.

The director of alumni and former player relations is taking a job at Georgetown with the athletic development staff after his wife, Jamillah, accepted a position at Georgetown Law School.

Beckman said he’d like to name a replacement for Williams “as soon as we can.”

Kroner: Who is calling the shots?

High school sports are a runaway freight train.

Parents seem to be operating the controls.

The movement is a powerful one and not restricted to one area or another.

Last year, it was St. Thomas More unceremoniously dumping girls’ basketball coach Chris Mennig weeks after the Sabers’ record-breaking state championship run.

Eureka move shakes up conferences

The constant on the prep sports scene, it seems, is change.

Earlier in the school year, Maroa-Forsyth announced it’s leaving the Okaw Valley Conference after the 2015-16 school year.

That conference will operate with five schools.

This week, officials at Eureka confirmed intentions to withdraw from the Corn Belt Conference following the 2015-16 school year.

HS Baseball: Oakwood vs Westville

Oakwood vs Westville during their prep baseball game at Westville High School on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Colbert to transfer

CHAMPAIGN — When Austin Colbert was absent from the Illinois basketball banquet on Monday, the writing was on the wall that it was likely Colbert had played his last game in an Illini uniform.

Rantoul assistant coach arrested for inappropriate sexual contact with student

URBANA — A part-time assistant track coach at Rantoul Township High School has been arrested and charged with inappropriate sexual contact with a student.

Charles “Chad” Hensley, 22, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home in the 1200 block of Cypress Drive, Rantoul, on a warrant that had been issued earlier in the day.

Sports Talk 4-15-15

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Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson listen to Illini men's baseball coack Dan Hartleb and to Illini football coach Tim Beckman, and they talk with former Illini basketballer Jerry Hester.


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Area softball leaders (Week of April 13)

Batting averages  
Player, School    AB    R    H    RBI    AVG.

Moses, Urbana    25    11    17    4    .680