In track and field
■ At Bloomington. Area athletes captured three first-place medals Saturday in Class 2A competition at the Illinois Top Times Indoor Meet, held at the Shirk Center on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus. Area representatives finished as the state runner-up in three other events.
St. Joseph-Ogden 14, Bismarck-Henning 1. Behind the pitching of senior right-hander Marty Wright, the Spartans (5-0) made short work of the Blue Devils, winning by the 10-run rule in five innings on the road. Senior Colton Hale led SJ-O with three hits. The Spartans increased a 3-0 lead with an eight-run third-inning uprising.
■ Unity 10, Westville 2. Clayton Cheesman drove in one of the Tigers’ two runs, but the Rockets scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back.
Champaign Central 11, Cedar Creek (N.J.) 1. Jake Beesley had three hits and scored three runs while teammate Zak Hartleb had three hits as the Maroons (2-0) were victorious in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Winning pitcher Cam Robinson struck out four batters in 3 2/3 innings. Cade Sestak pitched the final 2 1/3 innings.
What was going to go in The News-Gazette's sports section this past Sunday before Brad Underwood was hired? What do other college basketball experts think of Josh Whitman's hire? How is Lovie Smith's program progressing? What area high schools are poised to have good spring sports? Sports editor Matt Daniels will answer any and all questions in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday.
Why was Anaya Peoples The News-Gazette's All-Area girls' basketball Player of the Year? When do other All-Area teams from the winter come out? What spring sports teams could contend for a state title this school year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to answer your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:
1. ALL WEEK: Champaign Central, Centennial out-of-state trips, baseball