Arion Worthman and the U-High Pioneers host Mahomet-Seymour on Friday. (Photo by Madison Roberts/You Name It Sports)
By Eric Stock
The St. Louis Cardinals will try again to close out the National League Championship Series tonight with the rookie pitcher who delivered a victory in their last game there.
Michael Wacha won a 1-0 duel with likely Cy Young-winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Anglees Dodgers in Game 2 on Saturday. Both are scheduled to pitch in Game 6 tonight as the Cardinals try to eliminate the Dodgers.
Mike Shannon and John Rooney will have the call on the Cardinals Radio Network on WJBC 93.7 FM at 6:42 p.m.
It will be a battle of undefeated high school football teams tonight when University High entertains Mahomet-Seymour at Hancock Stadium. The Corn Belt Conference title is on the line and U- High coach Dusty Burk says his team is looking forward to the challenge.
"I know the kids are really looking forward to it. It's fun, this is the kind of situation you want to be in at the end of the regular season, having the opportunity to play for a conference championship like we do. Mahomet is a very good football team. We are just looking forward to a fun Friday night," Burk said.
Normal Community can take another step toward its first Big 12 Conference championship since 2007 with a victory over Danville in its homecoming contest. Coach Wes Temples says improvement is still the focus for his team.
"Hopefully, we can just keep getting better and we are going to have to to win this conference which is our first goal and then to make a run in the playoffs now that we are playoff eligible. You have to continue to work on the little details and not so much the big picture but the little things are going to make you better. I think our kids have done a good job of that," Temples said.
Central Catholic coach Mike Moews knows what type of offense his team will face against Olympia in a Corn Belt Conference game at Stanford.
"They run the ball, their line isn't overly big but they really get after it," Moews said. "We just need to match their physical play and just do our job."
Bloomington needs victories in its last two games to assure itself a spot in the playoffs, according to coach Rigo Schmelzer, who takes his team to Decatur Eisenhower in a Big 12 game.
"The kids seem focused, they understand we need both of these games to be victories to guarantee a playoff," Schmelzer said.
The game will be played at Stephen Decatur Middle School because Eisenhower High School is being renovated.
Normal West travels to Columbia, Missouri to face Battle High School at 2 p.m. Saturday. Wildcats coach Darren Hess says his team will be tested by the 5-2 Spartans.
"Our whole routine is broken when you play on a Saturday for the first time this year. It's kind of a college type atmosphere as far as the game goes, because you have to be structred, you have to be focused. You can't be staying up until midnight to get up and go play a football game," Hess said.
LeRoy High School football coach B.J. Zeleznik doesn't have to stress the importance of Friday's Heart of Illinois Conference game at Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland to his team.
"We've done a nice job, as have they, putting ourselves in a position to still be alive for the postseason. Our kids are very aware, as I'm sure are they, of the magnitude of this game," Zeleznik said.
Both teams enter the game with 4-3 records and will be battling to keep playoff hopes alive.
Pontiac travels to Eureka in Corn Belt Conference play. WJEZ 98.9 FM and WJEZ.com will have the action at 6:45 p.m.
You can listen live on WJBC 1230 AM and WJBC.com and iHeartRadio on the Country Financial High School Sports Network. Pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m. We will have reports of every game every quarter-hour and postgame until 11 p.m. Follow scores at www.twitter.com/WJBCHSFootball and www.facebook.com/WJBCAMFM.
Coming off a sweep of Wichita State and Missouri State this past weekend, the Illinois State volleyball team (14-4, 7-0) will head back out on the road to face Northern Iowa (13-6, 5-2) Friday followed by Drake (2-17, 0-7) Saturday. The Panthers and Bulldogs are the only remaining conference opponents that the Redbirds have not faced this season.
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