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IHSA holding out hope spring sports will take place
As the days without sports continue to pile up, the Illinois High School Association continues to hold out hope that they can have some semblance of a season for spring sports.

However, as the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic wages on, hope is slowly fading.

IESA cancels spring sports
Yet another section of the sports landscape has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak that is running rampant through the United States.

Following a teleconference Friday, the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) made the decision to cancel all remaining state series activities, which effectively brought the spring sports season to an end before it could even begin.

Indy 500 postponed due to COVID-19 concerns
It was announced late last week that the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 that was set to take place on Sunday, May 24, has been rescheduled to Sunday, Aug. 23, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, becoming one of the latest major sporting events to be affected.

"The health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority and we believe given the current situation, postponing the event is the responsible decision," Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Douglas Boles said in a press release. "We're confident we can deliver a world-class experience in August and are already working to do so. Making this announcement now gives everyone ample time to adjust and prepare for the new date. The new schedule will include many of the on-track activities that make the lead-up to the '500' so special. Fast Friday, Qualifying, Carb Day's Pit Stop Competition and the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race will all take place, beginning with the first day of NTT INDYCAR Series practice on Wednesday, Aug. 12."

Cochran named to All-American lists
Accolades continue to roll in for former Lawrenceville High School standout Brandt Cochran upon completion of his college basketball career.

Cochran recently finished his senior season at College of the Ozarks - an NAIA Division II school in Missouri - where he was a multi-time All-Region player and league player of the week recipient.
Vincennes has seven named to All-Region 24 teams
More than a half-dozen basketball players from Vincennes University were recognized for their achievements on the court this past season by being named to their respective All-Region 24 teams.
IHSA administration hopeful spring sports can resume
As the number of days without sports continues to grow and the thought of losing an entire season of contests looms larger each day thanks to the outbreak of COVID-19, the executive director of the IHSA is hopeful the spring sports season can eventually resume.

Local college athletes finish up seasons
With collegiate sports now shut down across the country and high-school sports seemingly headed that way, it's time to highlight former Lawrence County high-school athletes that have been competing at the collegiate level.

COVID-19 causes cancellation, suspension of local sports
Continued concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic have led to some difficult decisions across the sports landscape, which have trickled down from the professional side, to college and even the high-school and junior high level, including schools and teams here locally.

The sports world has basically come to a standstill as a result of leagues and organizations suspending and in some cases cancelling sports seasons, some of which had just begun or were about to begin.

The most impacted at this point locally is Vincennes University, who just recently had the remainder of their spring sports cancelled, as well as the men's basketball team's chance to play in the national tournament, as a result of a decision from the NJCAA.

"Following the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NJCAA has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately," a press release issued Monday said.

NJCAA cancels spring sport competition and basketball championships
Lawrence County wrestlers unable to compete at state meet
Due to the rapidly growing concern over the coronavirus across the country, a half-dozen wrestlers from Lawrence County will miss out on the opportunity to compete at the state level.

Six local wrestlers across three different federations were set to compete in their respective state meets over the weekend, but concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 brought all those tournaments to a halt.

"All of these young athletes had worked very hard to attain their goals this year and will lose their opportunity for the greater good of the health and safety of all the people in our nation who could have potentially been affected by a fatal virus if decisions were not made to do what is necessary to slow and hopefully stop its spread," coach Sam Hyre said.

NJCAA postpones Division I Men's Basketball Championship tournament
VINCENNES, Ind. - The NJCAA made the decision on March 12 to postpone national championship events, including the NJCAA Division I men's basketball tournament that Vincennes University was scheduled to compete in, due to recent developments regarding the coronavirus.
Indians have mix of experience, youth this season
LAWRENCEVILLE - Combining experience and potential will hopefully add up to a winning formula for Lawrenceville High School's baseball team this season.

The Indians return several players with varsity experience, while also adding a promising group of young players that head coach Josh Voigtlander hopes will continue to bring wins into the program.

"I feel we have a great group of returners and we have multiple players that have at least two years of varsity experience under their belt and are now ready to compete and take the next step," Voigtlander said.
County has 5 make All-LIC teams
Five boys' basketball players from Lawrence County were recognized for their accomplishments on the court this past season by being named to one of the All-Little Illini Conference teams, but only one garnered First Team honors.

A total of 24 players received All-LIC accolades, including 10 on the First Team.

Two girls qualify for IWCOA state meet
Three Lawrence County high school wrestlers competed in three separate tournaments over the weekend in an effort to reach the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association state tournament and two of them succeeded.

Three PJHS wrestlers advance to state
EAST PEORIA - One fifth of the contingent that competed in Sectional D for Parkview Junior High School's wrestling team managed to stay alive and earn berths in the state tournament this weekend.

Parkview took 15 wrestlers to East Peoria Central Junior High School Saturday and three of them were able to place high enough to qualify for the IESA Class 1A State Finals.

PJHS volleyball wins Regional opener
CASEY - A strong effort kept the season alive for Parkview Junior High School's eighth grade volleyball team Saturday.

The Lady Braves had a strong start to the postseason and pulled off a mild upset, as fifth-seeded PJHS knocked off fourth-seeded Marshall in two sets, 25-20, 25-17, in the first round of the IESA Class 3A Casey-Westfield Regional.

PJHS wrestlers win Shelbyville Regional
SHELBYVILLE - Progress continues to be made for Parkview Junior High School's wrestling team.

In just the third year of existence, the Braves claimed their first team postseason hardware, by virtue of winning the IESA Class A Shelbyville Regional Saturday.

"Today our kids showed what it is to be a team," head coach Sam Hyre said. "They prepared together, wrestled together and won together the way you should. The last few years we have really tried to emphasize the importance of working hard together on the mat and hopefully that lesson sticks with them in life as well."

FS wrestlers compete at IWCOA Regional
MAHOMET - A trio of Lawrence County wrestlers competed in another round of postseason action over the weekend, as they took part in the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Freshman-Sophomore Regional Tournament.

The meet is part of a state series conducted by the IWCOA for freshman and sophomore wrestlers who did not qualify for the IHSA State Tournament.

The Lawrenceville-Red Hill co-op had three wrestlers compete Sunday in the meet at Mahomet, with all of them winning at least one match.

PJHS 6th, RH 5th boys 2nd, PJHS 5th boys 3rd at Hutsonville
HUTSONVILLE - Three of the four Lawrence County teams that participated in the annual Hutsonville fifth and sixth grade tournaments brought home hardware over the weekend.

Lawrenceville wound up second in the sixth grade tournament, while Red Hill was second in the fifth grade tournament and Lawrenceville finished third.

Akers earns AP All-State honors
Another accolade rolled in for a Lawrenceville High School girls' basketball player this week.

LHS senior Jayley Akers was one of 36 players in Class 2A to receive All-State honors from the Associated Press.


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