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BETHANY -- It was a battle of No. 1-seeded baseball teams as Okaw Valley and Louisville North Clay did battle Friday.

Okaw Valley is seeded No. 1 in the Class 1A Macon (Meridian) Regional while North Clay sits atop the Woodlawn Regional rankings. 

It would be the Timberwolves day as they jumped out to a big lead with eight runs in the second inning and went on to win 12-1 in five innings.

Trey Yarnell's pitching held the Cardinals to one earned run and three hits while striking out four batters. 

"I thought Trey pitched a great game against a really good offensive team in North Clay," Okaw Valley coach Andrew Hagerman said. "Hitting-wise, we hit up and down the order. It was one of the better hitting performances we've had all year."

Okaw Valley's (25-2) hitting performance included four home runs. 

The Timberwolves' Austin Hill was 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs. Cody Drake was 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBIs. Garrett Fritz was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. 

Hagerman was happy with how his team played against the Cardinals. 

"They're a 1A team that's another No. 1 seed in the regionals like us so it's good to see that we can play well against that caliber of a team," he said. 


St. Teresa names Davis Wegmann as new boys soccer coach

DECATUR -- Davis Wegmann patrolled the pitch for four years with MacArthur but now he'll be standing on the sidelines for St. Teresa as he was named the boys soccer coach Friday. 

In a statement release by St. Teresa athletic director Todd Vohland, Wegmann was appointed the head boys coach for the 2018 season.

The appointment creates an instant rivalry against his alma mater as Wegmann's father, Alex Wegmann, currently coaches the Generals. His brothers, Marco and Mattias Wegmann, were seniors on the MacArthur soccer team this season.

After graduating from MacArthur, Davis went on to play soccer at Eastern Illinois University. After graduating from EIU, Davis played at the professional level in the United States and Germany.

Wegmann replaces Tom Cantwell who resigned at the end of the 2017 season.

Cantwell coached the boys team for five seasons, winning three regional titles — including this year's 18-2-1 team. He began coaching the St. Teresa girls in 2016 and won the H&R Girls Soccer Coach of the Year Award last year with a 17-3 record and the program's first regional title. 

Davis Wegmann be meeting with the team next week to discuss summer programs.


MacArthur's Reed wins 100, 200 at Central State 8 meet

SPRINGFIELD -- MacArthur's Ronald Reed sprinted to two first-place finishes at the Central State 8 Conference meet Friday, running a meet-best :10.95 in the 100-meters and 22.51 in the 200-meters. 

Teammate Micha Reed finished second in the 800-meters with a time of 2:00.71, a personal best. 

The Generals' Anfernee Richardson finished third in the 100-meter hurdles and had a second place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best time of :40.69. 

Eisenhower's 4x100 relay, run by Joseph McKinnley, Daniel Morford, Damareun Palmer and Jeremiah Robbins finished first with a time of :43.88.

Overall, MacArthur finished in fifth place with 67 points and Eisenhower finished in eighth place with 31 points. 


Mount Zion 18, Meridian 7

MACON -- The wind was blowing out Friday and pushing softballs further than they would typically go as Mount Zion put on a hitting clinic and beat Meridian 18-7 in six innings. 

"The wind played havoc with the game a little and we hit some balls out that probably wouldn't go out on a normal day," Mount Zion coach Greg Blakey said. "Overall we hit the ball well and anytime you score 18 runs and have 20 hits, that's a pretty good night at the plate."

Baily Davis and Dayna Kennedy hit home runs for the Braves (19-6) and the pair each drove in two RBIs. Alexis Rhoades was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and Camryn Skundberg hit 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs.  

Meridian's Kaelee Stockton was 1-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs. 

Blakey was also pleased with his team's defense. 

"We played some good defense and had a couple of double plays that got us out of potential jams and there was good pitching by (winning pitcher) Olivia Gilman to help us get out of some of those holes," he said. 



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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