NORMAL — The BNGSA Avanti's Angels 99 claimed a pair of victories in the ASA 18-Under State Tournament at Champion Fields on Sunday to capture their third straight state championship.
Bloomington High School graduate Zachery Bradford won the pole vault in the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships by clearing a lifetime best of 18 feet, 2½ inches at Bloomington, Ind., on Friday.
When the Illinois High School Association, which oversees high school athletics in the state, moved the mound back from 40 feet to 43 feet in 2009, it significantly increased offense to what had previously been a pitching-dominated sport.
Longtime Bloomington-Normal official Roger Nichols is among three people with Pantagraph area ties selected for induction into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame.
NORMAL — It was a day in which no lead was safe, where blowing a 6-2 advantage and losing one game before trailing 8-0 in a second would be nothing more than a mere bump in the road.
NORMAL — The Firecrackers of Alabama advanced to Sunday's 10 a.m. title round with a 4-1 win over the previously unbeaten Ohio Emeralds on Saturday evening in the USA Softball 16-Under Class A National Championship tournament at Champion Fields.
After losing their opening game of the day, the BNGSA Avanti's Angels stormed back to grab three wins in the USA/ASA 18-under National Qualifier on Sunday at Champion Fields in Normal.
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NORMAL — McKenna Schaefbauer of Normal, who trains at Van Der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C., has committed to South Carolina to play her college tennis.
Former U High coach John Johnson is the new football coach at Pontiac.
Lily Barry grew up wanting to join Illinois' volleyball program one day and the rising University High School junior standout will do so in the fall 2023.
The Intercity had the "green light" to run and took advantage with nine stolen bases in each game while sweeping the Area in Michael Brown Memorial All-Star Games.
Hudson native and El Paso-Gridley graduate Nathan Lavender is in Florida after being drafted by the New York Mets.
Round Lake guard Hakim Williams will play his college basketball at Illinois Wesleyan.
Illinois State infielder Nick Gile has been the Kernels Collegiate League's top hitter this summer.
"I committed to Illinois, I played for my home state, and now I'm rewarded with playing for my home city."
TORONTO (AP) — George Springer hit two home runs, Alek Manoah pitched seven dominant innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Saturday for their third straight win.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nick Martínez stepped onto the mound, and it felt like an old familiar place.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays ace Tyler Glasnow is expecting to get a recommendation from doctors next week to have Tommy John surgery that would keep him out the rest of this season and possibly next year.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Washington Nationals kept wheeling and dealing, trading catcher Yan Gomes and utilityman Josh Harrison to the Oakland Athletics for three minor leaguers Friday.