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Monticello Blows By Decatur Eisenhower

The Monticello girls softball squad scored seven straight runs in the second inning, all with two outs, and propelled past Decatur Eisenhower 14-1 in non-conference girls softball action Friday afternoon at Monticello High School.
Lauren Rhoades singled to start the inning. Delaney Hilderbrandt doubled her in, and then after reaching third base, she was out at home after a passed ball was recovered by Eisenhower catcher, Maedlyn Kelm, and she tagged out Hilderbrandt at home. Then Hailey Moore struck out.
Following Moore's strikeout, nine straight hitters reached base with seven scoring. Miranda Fogel had a two-RBI double, Lauren Rhoades doubled in a run and Hilderbrandt doubled home two to finish off the outburst.
All nine Lady Sages batters scored. 
Taylor Wunderlich (wonder-lick) pitched three perfect innings and struck out seven. 
The Lady Sages are 4-2 on the season. Their scheduled game for Saturday has been canceled due to expected inclement weather. 

Clinton Lady Maroons Fall to Maroa Forsyth

As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Lady Maroons fell to the Maroa Forsyth Lady Trojans by a score of 10-1 on Friday evening. The Lady Maroons had one run, two hits, and two errors. Mackenzie Armstrong was named the Country Financial representative Brad James Maroons Player of the Game. Armstrong went 2 for 2 with a run scored and a walk. Olivia Sanders took the loss pitching for six innings, 10 runs, 12 hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts.


The Lady Trojans had 10 runs, 12 hits, and one error. Kate Beckemeyer took the win pitching seven innings with one run, two hits, walking two and striking out nine. Braylee Finck went three for four with a double and two RBIs. Kaylee Robinson was two for three with a solo homerun.


With the loss the Lady Maroons fall to 0-2 and Maroa improves to 5-1.


Tune in Tuesday, March 27, as the Maroons take on Shelbyville. You can hear the game live on the Bi 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, and on the WHOW app.

Illinois Wrestler Killed in Highway Hit-And-Run Accident

Authorities say a member of the University of Illinois wrestling team was killed in a hit-and-run accident in central Illinois.
Illinois State Police say 21-year-old Francis Edelen died in the accident on Interstate 57 north of Rantoul on Wednesday night. According to reports, Trooper Tracy Lillard says Edelen was the driver of one of two vehicles involved in a crash and he left the scene on foot. Lillard says Edelen was hit and killed by an unknown vehicle just south of the first crash location. The trooper says the vehicle that hit Edelen left the scene.
Illinois athletics officials say Edelen was a redshirt sophomore from Oak Forest, Illinois.
Rantoul is about 15 miles north of Champaign.

Monticello Rolls Past Oakwood

Jeff Willeaver drove in four runs to pace the Monticello offense past Oakwood 14-3 in non-conference boys baseball action Thursday afternoon from Oakwood.
Willeaver finished 2-for-5 with a double, triple, and a game high four RBIs. Asher Bradd reached base five times, drove in two and scored twice. Mitch Carr finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Luke Stokowski finished 2-for-3 and drove in a run. Alek Bundy reached base three times (2 BB, hit) and scored twice. Alex Marquardt scored twice for the Sages.
Cam Wittig picked up the win, finishing with 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, three earend, on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Andrew Rudolph pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief with four strikeouts to zero walks and allowed two hits.
The Sages are 6-0 on the season.

Loyola-Chicago Headed To Elite Eight

With Loyola-Chicago clinging to a one-point lead and only 6.3 seconds remaining, Marques Townes sank a 3-pointer from in front of the Ramblers' bench to continue their improbable NCAA Tournament run.
Townes scored 18 points, including the key 3-pointer, to lead Loyola to a 69-68 win over the Wolf Pack in Thursday night's NCAA South Regional semifinal.
The win leaves the No. 11th-seeded Ramblers one victory from a Final Four appearance.
Martin led Nevada (29-8) with 21 points. Twin brother Cody Martin had 16. Jordan Carolina had 19.The Wolf Pack finally faced a deficit too big to overcome.
Loyola trailed by 12 points, at 20-8, midway through the first half but stormed back to lead 28-24 at halftime. Loyola closed the half with a 20-4 run as Nevada didn't score in the final 7:55 before the break.
After leading a combined 4 minutes, 24 seconds of their first two NCAA Tournament wins, the Wolf Pack didn't trail in the opening 18 minutes of the first half. Even after leading 20-8 and appearing to have established command, Nevada found a way to trail at halftime for the sixth straight game.
Freshman Cameron Krutwig, who at 6-foot-9, 260 pounds stood out as the biggest player for either team, had eight of Loyola's first 19 points but went to the bench with two fouls with 6:26 remaining in the half. He picked up his third foul midway through the second half.
Loyola's relentless attack on the basket continued as it stretched its lead, one layup at a time, in the second half.
Following a steal by Townes, Ben Richardson's layup gave the Ramblers their first double-digit lead at 36-26 and took their biggest lead at 40-28.
Nevada's experience in second-half comebacks paid off. After Loyola's layup by Clayton Custer gave the Ramblers their last 10-point lead at 57-47, the Wolf Pack charged back.
Cody Martin's basket started a 12-2 run, and his layup tied the game at 59-all with 4:06 remaining.

Canucks Beat Blackhawks

>>Canucks Blast Blackhawks
Alexander Edler scored twice, Jacob Markstrom made 39 saves and the Vancouver Canucks stopped a seven-game slide by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Thursday night.
Henrik Sedin and Bo Horvat each had a goal and an assist as Vancouver won for the first time since Brock Boeser was sidelined by a back injury, likely ending his impressive rookie season. The Canucks (26-39-9) had scored just eight goals since Boeser got hurt late in regulation of a 4-3 overtime victory against the New York Islanders on March 5.
Chicago (30-36-9) closed out a three-game homestand with its fifth consecutive loss. Jean-Francois Berube was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 18 shots, and Anton Forsberg finished with eight saves.
The Blackhawks played without captain Jonathan Toews, who is out with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated next week. Toews got hurt during Tuesday night's 5-1 loss to Colorado, which officially eliminated Chicago from playoff contention.
Nick Schmaltz and Matthew Highmore scored for Chicago, which has lost seven of eight overall. The Blackhawks have allowed at least five goals in each of their last five games.
Schmaltz picked up his 21st of the season when he got a piece of Brent Seabrook's big slap shot from the right circle at 8:02 of the first, tying it at 1. The Canucks took over from there.
Sedin made it 2-1 when he jumped on a rebound and knocked it by Berube with 2:18 left in the first. It was Sedin's first goal since Nov. 14 and just his third of the season.
Horvat scored on a rush in the second, and Edler chased Berube when he sent a long slap shot under the goaltender's left arm 9:38 into the period. Edler, a 6-foot-3 defenseman, had just three goals this season coming into the game.
Brent Sutter added his eighth 3:24 into the third, making it 5-1 Vancouver. The Blackhawks got one back when Highmore scored with 3:33 left, but the Canucks were never seriously threatened.
The Blackhawks visit the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
>>Broadcaster Olczyk Says He Is Cancer Free
Former NHL forward and coach Eddie Olczyk says he is cancer-free after months of treatment.
The 51-year-old Olczyk made the announcement during the first intermission of Thursday night's Canucks-Blackhawks game. Olczyk is a color analyst for TV broadcasts for the Blackhawks and NBC Sports.
Olczyk was diagnosed with colon cancer last summer and had surgery. He says he was told on March 14 that his scans were clear.
Olczyk was selected by Chicago with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1984 draft. He played for six teams during his 16 seasons in the NHL, helping the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1994. He finished with 342 goals and 452 assists in 1,031 games.
The Chicago native also coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2003-04 season and part of the 2005-06 season.

Illinois Crushes Cal State Northridge

Bren Spillane homered twice and drove in a career-high eight runs Wednesday to lead the No. 24-ranked Illinois baseball team to a 12-7 win over CSUN at Illinois Field. The Illini have won 11 of their last 13 games.
Illinois (12-5) trailed 5-1 in the third inning before scoring 11 of the game's final 13 runs. The Illini answered CSUN's four-spot in the third with a four-spot of their own, sparked by a two-run double from Spillane. Spillane then hit a three-run homer in the fourth to give Illinois the lead for good and homered again in the sixth, a two-run shot.
Spillane, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, has gone 11-for-17 with five homers, three doubles and 14 RBIs in the last four games. He is hitting .439 for the season (29-66) with eight homers, 29 RBIs and a .985 slugging percentage.
Illinois scored in six of its eight trips to the plate and at least once off of all six CSUN pitchers that threw. Zac Taylor had three hits, Jack Yalowitz reached five times (two hits, two HBP, one walk) and Doran Turchin reached four times (one hit, three walks).
Quinten Sefcik picked up his first win of the season by allowing one run on five hits over two innings in relief. Zack Jones (2.0 IP, 0 H) and Sean Leland (1.0 IP, 1 H) both had scoreless outings out of the bullpen.
Illinois is back in action Friday at Northwestern to start Big Ten play. 

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