The annual WJOL Area Baseball Invite, the traditional kickoff to the high school baseball season, has been renamed the WJOL/Don Ladas Memorial Baseball Tournament in memory of Ladas, the local sports broadcaster for more than a half-century who recently died.
The tournament is scheduled April 3 and 5. April 4, Good Friday, is an off day.
Two games will be played April 3 at Providence and two will be played that day at Lockport. The matchups at Providence are Plainfield Central vs. Providence at 2:30 p.m. and Joliet Central vs. Minooka following. At Lockport, Plainfield South will meet Joliet Catholic at 4:30 and Lockport will face Joliet West under the lights.
Two games will be played at each of those sites Saturday morning before the place games – seventh, fifth, third and first – are contested at Silver Cross Field.
Providence is the defending champion.
The Celtics rallied for four runs to beat Lockport 7-4 last year in the title game after trailing 4-3 with two outs and nobody on base in the seventh inning.
Dwight 69, St. Francis de Sale 56: Triston Dircks scored 15 points to lead Dwight into Friday’s championship game in the Class 1A Gardner-South Wilmington Regional.
USF receives invitations: The University of St. Francis women’s bowling team, in its inaugural season, has been invited to participate in both the Bowling Intercollegiate Team Sectionals as one of the nation’s top 64 collegiate bowling programs and the NAIA National Invitational Championship as one of the top 24 bowling programs in the NAIA.
Sanctioned by the U.S. Bowling Congress, the Bowling Intercollegiate Team Sectionals will be March 15 and 16 at Stardust Bowl of Addison. The top four teams will advance to the national Intercollegiate Team Championship at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on April 16 through 18 in Reno, Nev.
Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis will be the site of the NAIA Invitational Championship March 29 through 30.
14U ‘A’ Winter Bash: The 14U Wiers Warriors won the 14U “A” February Winter Bash in Pekin. The Warriors lost their first two games but won four straight after that to win the championship.
They beat the Premiere Hitmen 3-0 in the title game.