Walker helps GCMS softball advance

PAXTON — Brenna Walker pitched a five-hit shutout as Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley handled Hoopeston Area 6-0 in Wednesday’s Class 2A regional semifinal.

The Falcons, held to five hits by Rylee Martin, scored three first-inning runs. GCMS, which had two hits and three stolen bases from Amber Wittemann, will play top-seeded Tri-Valley in Saturday’s 11 a.m. championship game.

Girls' track and field breakdown

A breakdown of the girls’ state track and field meet, which begins Thursday at Eastern Illinois’ O’Brien Stadium:  

Class 1A

ARGENTA-OREANA — Cassie Meyer, Soph., (100 H); Maddie Meyer, Soph., (triple jump)

BISMARCK-HENNING — Jessica Doucet, Sr., (shot put)

A-O's Cook completes illustrious career

ARGENTA — Gary Cook had his letter of resignation written a year ago.

He didn’t submit it.

He thought about turning it in a few weeks ago.

He didn’t do it.

Wednesday afternoon, Cook decided the time was right to step aside as Argenta-Oreana’s wrestling coach, although an hour later he acknowledged, “I don’t really know why” he picked that particular day.

M-S exploring league options

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour Principal Shannon Cheek said the school may move toward a breakup with the Corn Belt Conference.

It’s a matter of competitiveness and compatibility, he said — particularly where enrollment is concerned.

“We’re growing,” he said. “Member schools of the Corn Belt are not.”

Judah's Hettmansberger hungry for more

CHAMPAIGN — Judah Christian’s girls’ track and field program is making strides, and Kaytlyn Hettmansberger is leading the way.

When the junior placed third in the 800 meters at the Unity Sectional, she achieved a first.

Bulletin board: IHSA recognizes area duo

CHARLESTON — Two area track officials have been selected to work the upcoming girls’ or boys’ state track and field meets as starters. Danville’s Bob Rice, in his 30th year as a track official, will serve as Class 2A starter for this week’s girls’ meet. In 2014, he was honored as the IHSA Track Official of the Year.

Teams of the Week: PBL baseball in spotlight



Athletes of the Week: Geubelle and Powell

Caroline Geubelle
St. Thomas More soccer

Why she was chosen: The St. Thomas More senior scored a goal in the Sabers’ 2-0 Class 1A regional semifinal win against Urbana University High before tallying two goals in a 3-1 victory against Charleston to help STM win a regional title. For the week, she scored or assisted on four of STM’s five goals.

N-G Top 10: Boys' track & field — Centennial out front

1. Centennial (2)    Thursday, 2A at Mattoon
2. Unity (1)    Friday, 1A at St. Joseph-Ogden
3. Champaign Central (­—)    Thursday, 2A at Mattoon
4. Danville (—)    Thursday, 3A at Homewood-Flossmoor

PBL in position for regional crown

PAXTON — Wet conditions led to some sloppy defensive play during Wednesday’s Paxton Class 2A Regional semifinal game, as Paxton-Buckley-Loda and Bismarck-Henning combined to commit 13 errors.

The Panthers overcame their seven errors and advanced to the regional championship game with an 8-4 victory.