IHSA Girls 1A Track and Field State prelims

Area girls compete during the IHSA Track and Field State Finals preliminaries at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University Thursday May 21, 2015.

LoVett picks St. John's

Morgan Park point guard Marcus LoVett on Wednesday night revealed on his Twitter page that he signed a letter of intent to play his college basketball at St. John’s.

Hiltzik remains alive in singles

WACO, Texas — The tennis season continues for Illinois’ Jared Hiltzik, but teammate Farris Gosea’s collegiate career is over.

Hiltzik defeated Duke’s Raphael Hemmeler 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday at the NCAA Singles Championships and advanced to the round of 32.

Gosea lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to Notre Dame’s Quentin Monaghan.

Baseball team rallies for 27th straight

MINNEAPOLIS — Illinois coach Dan Hartleb has had a front-row seat to the best season in program history with the hottest team in the nation.

That’s what his spot in the dugout really is. Hartleb and the Illini coaching staff will make decisions like pitching changes, pinch-hitting and on in-game strategies like when to hit-and-run, but for the most part they let the players play.

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.