Advanced Prep (Week of May 22)

TODAY-WEDNESDAY: Class 3A baseball regionals

Centennial and Rantoul meet in today’s Mahomet-Seymour Regional quarterfinals, and M-S will meet Urbana at home. Centennial could wash away a disappointing start to the season if the Chargers win a regional title. Champaign Central heads to Mt. Zion, where Mattoon and Mt. Zion will likely stand in the Maroons’ way.

Asmussen: Health improving, Henson hits up C-U

Drop Lou a note of encouragement here

The "Mayor" of Champaign-Urbana is back in town. Don't be surprised if you run into Lou Henson at a local restaurant or the Bromley pool.

'We're going to be happy with it': SJ-O track and field takes third

CHARLESTON — No runner was within 5 yards of her as she closed in on the finish line in the anchor leg of Saturday’s Class 1A 1,600-meter relay at the girls’ state track and field finals, but forgive St. Joseph-Ogden junior Abbey Mizer if she heard footsteps.

College football extra: Service-school games to watch

Coaching carousel

An early read on some of the 21 new FBS coaches:

College football extra: Illini back on Hall ballot

Happenings from Jim Delany’s favorite conference:

■ The ballot for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class will be released on June 1.

Former Illini Moe Gardner, Dana Howard and Simeon Rice are likely to be included. They have been on the ballot in recent years.

Softball two wins from first super-regional

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Win or go home.

Dealing with this scenario on Saturday afternoon — and the rest of its stay in the NCAA tournament’s Lexington Regional — the Illinois softball team broke out offensively en route to an 10-2 win against Marshall to keep its season intact.

On campus: Baseball, softball seasons wrapping up

— The Great Lakes Valley Conference recently named two area athletes to its all-conference baseball teams. Illinois-Springfield junior Cole Taylor, from Salt Fork, was named to the first team, and University of Indianapolis junior Storm Joop, from St. Thomas More, was named to the second team.

Area postseason roundup: Thomas qualifies for tennis state

CHAMPAIGN — The rain that forced a move indoors to the Atkins Tennis Center on Saturday didn't dampen the play of Jared Thomas.

The Centennial sophomore claimed a Class 1A sectional title in singles Saturday, advancing to the state tournament this upcoming week.

Playing for fallen classmate, Bulldogs win regional

MATTOON — Heavy rain across east central Illinois on Saturday morning gave way to surprising sun and warmth right before the Class 2A Mattoon girls' soccer regional title game was set to begin.

Summitt goes on hunt for second title, a runner-up spot

CHARLESTON — Arielle Summitt dreamed of this exact moment the night before.

Only in her sleep, the Uni High junior watched herself from the stands at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University as she sat back and waited for her chance to pounce on the only competitor ahead of her on the second lap of the 800-meter run at the Class 1A state track and field meet.