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In baseball

Class 2A

Unity Regional

Monticello 10, Unity 5. Monticello's early lead didn't hold up with Unity scoring three runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game, but the Sages had another rally in them in their regional semifinal victory against their Illini Prairie Conference rivals. That second Monticello rally was sparked by a fourth-inning home run by Brett Macak and another in the fifth by Brody Macak, who finished a single shy of a cycle. Gunner Bailey went 2 of 3 with an RBI for Unity (10-13) in the loss. The Sages (16-10-1) will play St. Joseph-Ogden at 11 a.m. Saturday in Tolono for the regional title.

Pana Regional

Shelbyville 11, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 1. An early ALAH deficit ballooned when Shelbyville scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out its semifinal win. Dario Ayala led the Knights (18-11-1), going 1 of 2 with an RBI in the loss.

Maroa-Forsyth Regional

Pleasant Plains 9, Argenta-Oreana 1. Argenta-Oreana struck first, scoring on a Pleasant Plains error in the top of the third inning, but the Bombers couldn't keep up with the Cardinals in regional semifinal action. Kyle Rigsby went 1 of 2 with a double in the loss for A-O (12-9).

Class 1A

Mt. Pulaski Regional

St. Teresa 13, Blue Ridge 3. Bobby Schumacher went 2 of 3 with two RBI, but Blue Ridge (11-16) saw its season end in the regional semifinal.


Mahomet-Seymour 5, Bloomington 4. Mahomet-Seymour needed every bit of the four-run lead it steadily built through Thursday's nonconference game after Bloomington scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning in the near comeback. Jordan Veldman went 3 of 4 with two RBI to lead the Bulldogs (16-7-2) at the plate, and Kobe Essien struck out 12 in 6 1 / 3 innings for the win.

Lincoln 15, Urbana 4. Jake Welbes and Miller Calhoun had two hits apiece, but Urbana (3-18) was unable to keep pace with Lincoln in the nonconference loss to the Railers.

In softball

Centennial 13, Champaign Central 2. Centennial scored 11 unanswered runs after the score was tied at 2 after the first inning to take down its crosstown rival in Big 12 action. Leah Luchinski finished 2 of 3 with a double, home run and game-high four RBI to lead the Chargers (13-14), while Nini Liong also homered and Kate Kroencke went 2 of 4 with three RBI in the leadoff spot in the win. Alexa Sutton and Kelsey Wells both singled and drove in a run in the first inning for the Maroons (8-19).

Rantoul 5, Lincoln 1. Rantoul jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and didn't look back in its nonconference win. Lexi Sherrick was stellar at the top of the lineup for the Eagles (11-16), going 4 of 4 with two runs scored. Bella Shields also finished 2 of 4 with two runs scored and two RBI in support of Madisyn Walton's complete game win.

In boys' track and field

Class 3A

Bloomington Sectional

Williams qualifies in two events. Danville's Quemarii Williams was the only area athlete with a win in Thursday's sectional meet, placing first in the 400-meter dash with a top time of 49.30 seconds. The Vikings' senior also qualified for state in the 200-meter dash after running 21.99 seconds to place second.

Class 2A

Monticello Sectional

Bulldogs claim team title. Mahomet-Seymour had a pair of dual event winners and scored 91.50 points to win the sectional team title ahead of Champaign Central (71 points) and Monticello (67 points). Mathias Powell swept the distance events for the Bulldogs, winning both the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 22.53 seconds and and 3,200-meter run in 9:33.09. Junior thrower Hunter Hendershot joined Powell as a double winner with titles in the shot put (60 feet, 7 1 / 2 inches) and discus (167-8). Central was led by junior Kai Baumgartner, who swept the hurdles events and also won the triple jump. Baumgartner took first in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.37 seconds and completed his sweep with a winning time of 41.05 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles. His top mark in the triple jump was 43-6 1 / 2.

Class 1A

Sullivan Sectional

Multiple area athletes advance. Tuscola's CJ Picazo led a number of area athletes in qualifying for the state meet with wins in both the shot put and discus Thursday. The Warriors' senior placed first in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, 1 inch and had a final mark of 159-3 in the discus.Scott Richey

College/Prep Sports Reporter

Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).