Martinez loses in national title match

CLEVELAND — Isaiah Martinez had a chance at history on Saturday night.

But the Illinois wrestler came up short.

Martinez lost the national championship match at 165 pounds, falling 6-1 to Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State at Quicken Loans Arena.

It’s the second straight year Martinez lost to Joseph in the national championship match.

On campus, March 17, 2018

— Redshirt senior Darren Wynn, from Centennial, fell just short of his second national title at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships last week. The McKendree grappler came into the championships as the top seed at 141 pounds after going undefeated during the regular season. Wynn won two decisions and scored a pinfall on his way to the finals where he fell 4-2.

STM adjusts to new fields

CHAMPAIGN — High school soccer netminders who compete for or against St. Thomas More can rejoice. By next school year, there won't be an oft-flooded goal box to contend with on the Sabers' pitch.

Friday's prep highlights | Sages slide past ALAH

In baseball

Blue Ridge 16, Westville 0. Knights pitcher Aaron Jayne only allowed two hits in six innings, allowing Blue Ridge (3-1) to down Westville (0-2) for a road win. Trey Bryant collected two hits for the Tigers.

Asmussen | Williams is a quick study

CHAMPAIGN — Ask me the surprise player of the 2017 Illinois football season and it's an easy answer: Bennett Williams.

Under the radar after a standout high school career at a California power, the defensive back joined Lovie Smith's team with little fanfare.

Dosunmu, Liddell to play for state titles

PEORIA — Ayo Dosunmu didn't get the chance to play in the Class 3A state title game last year because of a broken foot he sustained in a state semifinal game.

No worries this year.

Thomas sits out Friday's practice


Cam Thomas was relegated to spectator Friday, watching as his teammates started the 26-degree morning on the Memorial Stadium turf before they moved to Irwin Indoor.

Thomas sitting out left the quarterback duties to walk-ons Cam Miller and Charlie Reinkemeyer during Illinois' final spring practice before spring break.

Martinez to wrestle for national title

CLEVELAND — The orange singlet is waiting.

So is a potential historic moment.

HS Softball: Monticello vs. ALAH

Monticello vs. Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in a prep softball game at Monticello High School on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Martinez one win away from title shot

CLEVELAND — The chase for history is still on for Isaiah Martinez.

The Illinois wrestler advanced to Friday night’s semifinals at the NCAA Championships after his 10-1 winat 165 pounds against Chance Marsteller of Lock Haven on Friday morning in the quarterfinals a at Quicken Loans Arena.