Sweet ending: Spartans move on to sectional title, but Rockets see season end

FORSYTH — Logan Frerichs thought Randy Wolken was crazy when the St. Joseph-Ogden softball coach told his senior right fielder to run on contact.

With the first Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth Sectional semifinal game tied at 2 between SJ-O and Bloomington Central Catholic on Wednesday and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Frerichs stood 60 feet away from home plate.

Asmussen: M-S keeps playing amid tragedy

Of course, Nic DiFilippo and his Mahomet-Seymour baseball team want to win today’s regional quarterfinal game against Urbana. That’s why they play.

But their minds might be elsewhere. Praying for teammate Bradley Hamilton and his family. Thinking about Bradley’s brother Jacob, who was killed in a multicar accident last Wednesday.

“It’s whatever the players need,” DiFilippo said.

Illini target Alstork to pick today

Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork is scheduled to announce his landing spot today. Illinois remains in the mix along with Pittsburgh, South Carolina and LSU. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY details why Alstork and the Illini might be a match:

The fit

May 25 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 2:00pm

How's the roster shaping up for Illinois basketball with Mark Alstork arriving and Jalen Coleman-Lands departing? When will Lovie Smith's program land more commitments for the 2018 class? What area baseball and softball teams might win state titles? Who should contend for titles at this week's boys' state track and field meet?

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Class 2A Softball Sectional Semis

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Bloomington Central Catholic and Eureka vs. Unity in Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth Sectional semifinals at Forsyth Village Park on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Finke belts out 'Greased Lightning'

Listen to Finke sing here.

Michael Finke didn't just play basketball at Centennial High School.

Top of the Morning, May 23, 2017

The participation in #LiveLikeLuke fundraisers continues to spotlight the good in so many area high school students, coaches and parents.

Rettig, Cobras rout Danville

SPRINGFIELD — The regular season ended with a loss to Danville Area Community College for the Parkland baseball team.

It was one of the few blips on an otherwise sterling regular season for the Cobras.