Hamilton's kick caps solid day for Spartans

CHARLESTON — Atleigh Hamilton didn’t have to respond to her opponent’s furious surge down the back straightaway of O’Brien Field’s royal-blue track.

Girls' state track & field notes: 'I've hit many hurdles'

CHARLESTON — Alayna Stalter knows quite well how cruel a beast the state girls' track and field meet can be.

Each of the last two years, the Fisher senior has placed third in the 100-meter hurdles during the Class 1A tournament. Across that pair of races, three of the four athletes she finished behind hailed from The News-Gazette's coverage area.

UI Baseball vs. Nebraska 2018

Illinois vs. Nebraska in a NCAA baseball game at Illinois Field in Champaign on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Illini reach 11th consecutive finals

Hear more from Small Thursday at 5:10 on WDWS.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The bar has been set high for the Illinois golf team. And it gets a chance to jump over it.

Athletes of the Week: Austin Biehl & Emelia Ness

This school year, we're giving our weekly honorees a chance to show off their teammates.

Austin Biehl | Mahomet-Seymour baseball

Asmussen | Spillane may capitalize on monster season

You have three more chances to watch him in person. And that's probably all.

Illinois junior Bren Spillane, the best hitter in the Big Ten, closes the regular season starting tonight against Nebraska.

We know for sure he will be playing in next week's Big Ten tournament. And he hopes to continue his year in the NCAA tournament.

Area baseball leaders (As of May 16, 2018)

Batting averages

Player, School AB R H RBI AVG.

Stokowski, Mont 95 43 48 36 .505

Bundy, Mont 89 50 43 29 .483

Erickson, Tuscl 106 55 51 51 .481

Hoel, Tuscl 107 62 51 24 .477

Spicer, Danvl 61 17 29 23 .475

Coetzee, M-S 70 26 33 20 .471

Macias, PrCntrl 83 38 39 13 .470

2 UI trustees visited Peoria tribe's new chief

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As a campus effort to bridge the divide over Chief Illiniwek continues, two University of Illinois trustees quietly flew to Oklahoma last week to meet with the new chief of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.

Area girls' track and field state meet qualifiers

A list of local qualifiers for the girls' track and field meet:


Danville: Shanice Garbutt, Sr., (1,600, 3,200); Hallee Thomas, Fr., (100 hurdles); Ameia Wilson, Jr. (100, 200 long jump)


Clinton: Riley Prusser, Jr., (high jump); Payne Turney, Soph., (800); Kolby Weiss, Fr., (pole vault)

Prep girls' track & field state storylines: Sabers duo poised to place

CHAMPAIGN — NaKaya Hughes was stressed, yet focused.

The St. Thomas More junior faced her third and final high jump attempt at 4 feet, 10 inches in last Friday's Class 1A Salt Fork Regional. On the line: a shot at returning to the state meet.

Hughes took a few deep breaths, arched her back ever so slightly and took off for the bar.