Zilis: Pitch-count rule changes ballgame

Mahomet-Seymour baseball coach Nic DiFilippo was shocked and a little dismayed.

It was an early-season game last year, and as the opposing hurler’s pitch count climbed, DiFilippo kept expecting him to leave the game. But at 156 pitches, the player trotted back out to the mound for the seventh inning.

Central's renovation plans not sporting to some

CHAMPAIGN — For longtime Maroons like John Staab — a Champaign Central High School teacher for 23 years and the high school's head baseball coach since 2002 — the passage of the $183.4 million facilities package hasn't "quite sunk in yet."

New pitch count rules enforced for 2017 baseball

BLOOMINGTON — Illinois high school pitchers won’t be allowed to throw more than 105 pitches in a single game next season, the IHSA  Board of Directors decreed Monday.

That number, Centennial coach Ryan Remole said, strikes the right balance.

2016 All-Area boys' soccer Player of the Year: Danville's Caleb Griffin

DANVILLE — Caleb Griffin picked off a pass near midfield and surged forward out of his center back position during the Danville boys’ soccer team’s second match of the season, a bout with eventual sectional champion Quincy Notre Dame.

Future of Villa Grove/Heritage co-op murky

The Villa Grove/Heritage co-op is up for renewal in the spring, but both districts want different things from the co-op moving forward.

Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis said his district would like the co-op to be a full co-op and include volleyball, common colors and a common mascot.

Tate: Rough past has sweet ending for Cubs fans

“Wait ‘til next year!”

East of Memorial Stadium, the four words best chronicling the past life of a beleaguered Cubs fan are scrolled across the bottom of Brian Silverman’s tombstone.

He wasn’t even a North Sider, having moved from the West Side into White Sox territory before taking his legal practice to Champaign-Urbana.

Tate: Chalk up Cubs' win as greatest

Cease the arguments. There’s no doubt.

Wednesday night’s epic 8-7 triumph by the Cubs is undeniably the “greatest baseball game ever played.” Period.

Actually, there have been thousands of comparable extra-inning thrillers over the decades. But with a century-plus buildup of Cubs frustration, nothing quite stacks up with this World Series Game 7.

Tate: Cubs look set for great present, future

Cubs fans are baring their souls and investing tears — plus family savings, if you purchase via Stubhub — into their erstwhile Lovables this week.

Centennial's Sarver picks Illinois for baseball

CHAMPAIGN — Kellen Sarver started catching when he was 11 years old in Little League. That’s where he feels like he’s best suited, where he likes to play and where he has played for his various summer teams — from the Champaign Dream when he was 12 to Top Tier Baseball out of Chicago this past summer.

And that’s where the Centennial senior will play at the next level.

Monticello, Champaign Central to add Hall of Fame inductees

Champaign Central and Monticello will add to their school’s respective athletic Hall of Fame classes later this month.

First up is Monticello, where the Sages will induct three individuals on Friday night as part of the school’s homecoming festivities. The Sages (6-0) host St. Thomas More (5-1) at 7 p.m. in a key Okaw Valley Conference game.