Maroa-Forsyth High School is discussing an option to move from the Okaw Valley Conference to the Sangamo.
ST. JOSEPH, Ill. - Alexandria Boaz was one of the senior leaders for an SJO softball team that won yet another conference championship this season, but Monday she took center stage on national television - and it had nothing to do with softball. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more as competed for a big pay day.
St. Joseph-Ogden pitcher Hunter Hart was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 37th round Saturday. He also has a scholarship offer to play baseball in college at Indiana. The Orioles are waiting for him to recover from a knee injury before making him an offer. They'll likely watch him pitch again in about five weeks. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten talked with Hart about the draft, his injury and the decision he'll have to make: go pro, or go to college.
St. Joseph-Ogden senior pitcher Hunter Hart was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 37th round of the MLB first year player draft Saturday. Illinois senior relief pitcher Ronnie Muck was picked up by the Los Angeles Angels in the 30th round.
The Argenta-Oreana baseball team beat New Athens 7-1 Saturday afternoon to win the third place trophy at the Class 1A state baseball tournament at Dozer Park in Peoria.
The Monticello softball team finished its best season in school history Saturday afternoon, beating Beecher 6-1 to win the third place trophy at EastSide Centre in East Peoria.
Altamont capped its best season in school history winning the Class 1A state softball title Saturday, beating Trico 2-1 at EastSide Centre in East Peoria.
The Mattoon softball team fell just short in the Class 3A Lincoln sectional final Saturday morning, losing to Glenwood 2-1.
PEORIA, Ill. - Freeburg scores two unearned runs in the first inning capitalizing on two Pleasant Plains errors, but Cardinals overcame those early jitters to beat Freeburg 5-2 in the Class 2A state baseball semifinals at Dozer Park in Peoria. Mitch Koehler's defense let him down early, but he was resilient on the hill throwing a complete game for the victory. Plains (30-11) will take on Byron (35-5) in the state title game Saturday at 5:30 pm.
EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Teutopolis found itself running out of outs, trailing Beecher 5-3 when Allison Apke stepped to the plate in the fifth inning and sent a three-run blast over the wall in left center. The home run capped the Shoes rally that saw them come back from four-run deficit to win 6-5. The victory sends the Wooden Shoes to their first ever state softball title game. Kadi Borries pitched through some early trouble, scattering 11 hits over seven strong innings. Teutopolis (28-3) will play Rock Island (Alleman) (31-6) in the Class 2A state championship game Saturday at 5:30 pm.
PEORIA, Ill. - All season long Argenta-Oreana has relied on great pitching to lead them to victory. That was no different Friday in the Bombers' state semifinal game against Crete (Illinois Lutheran), but unfortunately on this day, the Chargers' pitching was just a little bit better. Gage Eller was outstanding, striking out eight over six innings, but a fifth inning RBI double by Dylan Gould was all Illinois Lutheran would need as they shut out A-O 1-0 to advance to the state title game. The Bombers (23-6) will face New Athens (19-8) in the third place game Saturday at 9:00 am.
EAST PEORIA - All postseason long it has been Monticello picking up clutch hits late in games, but Friday afternoon Rock Island (Alleman) flipped the script on the Sages. With Monticello leading 4-2 in the fifth inning, Alleman's Mackenzie Sanchez took a Chrissy Gadbury pitch over the left center field wall to give the Pioneers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. An Allie Hislope solo home run in the top half of the seventh was too little too late as the Sages lost 7-5 in the Class 2A state semifinals. Gadbury struggled in the circle, allowing 7 earned runs, but she tried to make up for it driving in four of Monticello's five runs. Monticello (30-5) will face Beecher (33-8) in the third place game Saturday at 3:00 pm.
EAST PEORIA - Deidre Ledbetter struck out 15 batters over seven innings to pace Altamont to a 3-1 win over Sciota (West Prairie) in the Class 1A state softball semifinals Friday at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria. Ledbetter (25-3) allowed only five hits to lead the Lady Indians to their first ever state championship game. Altamont raced out to a 2-0 lead after two innings thanks to back-to-back home runs by Lauren Ohnesorge and Lauren White. The Lady Indians added another run in the third when Ledbetter drove in Madison Ohnesorge on a double to left field. Ledbetter took care of the rest in the circle. Altamont (28-4) will face Campbell Hill (Trico) (33-3) in the state championship game Saturday at 12:30 pm
ARGENTA, Ill. - The Argenta-Oreana baseball team left for Peoria Thursday afternoon, where the Bombers will play Illinois Lutheran in the Class 1A state semifinals Friday at 12:00 pm. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on A-O and two of the biggest reasons they're one of the top teams in the state.
BASEBALL SHG 2 Central 0 (F) U-High 7 Mt. Zion 5 (F)
MONTICELLO, Ill. - To have a chance to win a state title, you need to be a complete team. But even the best teams need one player to take it upon him or herself to make the big plays when needed. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten introduces us to Monticello senior Chrissy Gadbury, who has been answering that call this postseason.
SOFTBALL Teutopolis 2 Carterville 1 (F) Mattoon 18 Mahomet-Seymour 4 (F/6)
MORTON, Ill. - Kassidy Sheedy scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime to lead the Glenwood girls soccer team back to state with a 2-1 win over Peoria Notre Dame in the Morton supersectional.
The Argenta-Oreana baseball team is state-bound. The Bombers are back at the state tournament for the first time since 2007, but they haven't won a state trophy since 1989.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Before last weekend it had been more than 20 years since the Central Maroons had won a baseball regional. Now that that is in the past, they're shifting their sights to their first sectional crown since 1968. Central spent Tuesday afternoon practicing on the artificial turf at Illinois Field, the home of the Fighting Illini baseball team, before they play on a similar surface Wednesday at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield.
They've been playing softball in Monticello for more than three decades, and they've now gone further than ever before. The Sages will play Rock Island Alleman in the state semifinals on Friday.
SOFTBALL: Monticello 2 Dupo 1 (F) Altamont 16 Camp Point Central 0 (F)
BASEBALL: Argenta-Oreana 6 Ridgewood 1 (F) Webber Twp. 8 Windsor/Stew-Stras 6 (F) Pleasant Plains 7 Monticello 0 (F) Freeburg 3 Teutopolis 1 (F)
Central defeated Centennial 2-1 to win a regional championship.
Monticello baseball defeated Paris 10-0, while the Monticello softball team defeated Tremont 4- 2 in 12 innings.
Mahomet-Seymour defeated Charleston 7-5.
Argenta-Oreana defeated St. Teresa 5-3 to win a sectional championship.
Highlights and reaction from the Class 2A and 3A prelims at the boys state track and field championships
Mahomet-Seymour soccer falls; Rochester advances; Paris baseball knocks off Olympia
Highlights and scores from baseball & softball regionals & sectionals
Highlights and reaction from day one at the boys state track and field championships in Charleston
Stokowski powers Monticello past SJO; St. Teresa blasts Cissna Park; Central shuts out Rantoul
MAHOMET, Ill. - The Mahomet-Seymour girls soccer team is one win away from a spot in the elite eight, but to get there the Bulldogs will have to avenge a loss they suffered earlier this year at the hands of Normal West. Those two teams will square off Friday night in Normal with a trip to the supersectional on the line. Normal West beat Mahomet-Seymour 2-0 a little more than a month ago, but the Bulldogs are confident they can put that loss behind them and get revenge when it matters most.
High school soccer, softball highlights and scores
Update: 6:17 pm, 5/27/14, Tuesday CHAMPAIGN -- The conversation about the future of Central High School is far from over.
Mahomet-Seymour senior Sarah Van WIngerden will play soccer at Wheaton College next year. She earned an Army ROTC scholarship to help pay for college.
Boys track and field sectionals; girls soccer regional highlights
Highlights and results from the Class 2A and 3A girls state track and field preliminaries in Charleston
Baseball highlights & scores
Highlights and results from Day 1 of the girls state track and field championships in Charleston
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Illinois assistant coach Jay Price has been hired as the new girls basketball coach at St. Thomas More. Price replaces Chris Mennig, who parted ways with the school while under a financial investigation by the FBI and IRS. Price coached at Illinois under Bruce Weber for nine seasons.
Baseball, softball and soccer scores
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois High School Association executive director Marty Hickman was under the microscope Tuesday as a House committee began it's hearings, looking into the organization that oversees nearly all high school sports and activities in the state. The House's Elementary and Secondary Education committee met Tuesday at the state capitol in Springfield. Hickman was there, along with other IHSA administrators and some members of their board. While the IHSA is a private, not-for-profit company, the committee says it has the right to investigate because the IHSA deals so closely with public schools, who receive state funding.
St. Thomas More senior track runner Brendan Remington runs to honor his younger brother Luke who died from Lukemia four years ago. He also raises money to help fight cancer.
St. Thomas More head coach Steve Rear won his 200th career game with the Sabers Monday. STM defeated Arthur Lovington 7-0 in their regional opener.
Highlights from the SJ-O sectional
URBANA -- People around the world are remembering a beloved high school teacher.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Danville boys track and field team finished second at the Big 12 championships Thursday night. Johnny Leverenz led the way for the Vikings with three conference titles (4x8, 800m, 1600m)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - High school girls track and field sectionals start Thursday across the state, and Central senior Ranija Turner will try to qualify for her third state meet. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the senior and her unexpected journey to becoming one of the school's all-time best throwers.
MAROA, Ill. - The new Okaw Valley Conference won't begin play until this fall, but the league may already have to look for a replacement for one of its member schools. The Sangamo Conference, a league based in the Springfield area, has invited Maroa-Forsyth to join the conference starting in 2016. The Maroa-Forsyth school board still has to approve the move before it becomes official.