April 5: Mahomet-Seymour at Danville boys’ tennis, 4 p.m.
The popularity of tennis is on the rise for the Bulldogs, and it’s the start of the season for the newly formed men’s team. The Vikings have a lot more history behind them.
April 7: St. Thomas More at Monticello Women’s Soccer, 4:30 p.m.
The Illini Prairie Conference rivals are heading to the first of two games between the Sabers and Sages this spring, with the second taking place April 28 in Champaign.
April 14: Monticello at Unity Baseball, 4:30 p.m. Both of these teams are vying for Class 2A post-season gear, and both aspire to dethrone St. Joseph-Ogden as the leader of Illini Prairie.
April 14: Urbana at Centennial Men’s Tennis, 4 p.m. The Chargers are coming off of second in the Class 1A state team last season, and Big 12 conference member Urbana picked up an early double win over Mattoon.
April 15: Westville at Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin baseball, 4:30 p.m.
Two teams that have been playing really tough non-conference schedules that should prepare them for the grind of Vermilion Valley Conference action — including this game.
April 23: Champaign Central at Mahomet-Seymour women’s soccer, 12:30 p.m.
At this point, they are the undisputed top two local women’s soccer programs this season. But which one is the best of all? They will understand that here.
April 27: Unity at Urbana softball, 4:30 p.m. The Rockets are trying to get back to the Class 2A state semifinals, while the Tigers aim to prove that winning a 3A regional title last season was no fluke.
April 28: Mahomet-Seymour softball at St-Joseph-Ogden, 4:30 p.m.
Both of these teams are used to winning regularly, and it will be a great test for each with only a few weeks left in the regular season.
April 29: Boys’ athletics meet in St. Joseph-Ogden, 4:30 p.m.
Twenty-six regional teams will participate in the Spartan Classic. Among them are perennial powers such as Muhammad-Seymour, Monticello, Salt Fork, SJ-O and Unity.
April 29: Girls’ athletics meeting at Monticello, 4.30 p.m.
The Monticello Invitational will feature 14 local teams. Clinton, Host Sages, St. Joseph-Ogden, Tuscola, Uni High, and Unity are worth watching.
Colin Likas is the preparation coordinator at The News-Gazette. He can be contacted at email@example.com or on Twitter at @clikasNG.