Rockets end losing streak with six-point win over Blue Bullets

MORTON -- After back-to-back losses in the past week, the Unity basketball team survives a near loss to the Blue Bullets of Knoxville (15-5) to win 60-54 at the Morton Basketball Shootout on Saturday.

The Rockets' 12th win of the season was yet another nail-biting affair. The score was knotted at 25-all at the end of the first half after a productive 20-point quarter by Knoxville. Will Cowan and Thomas Henry drilled two threes apiece in the third quarter to help construct an 11-point Unity lead.

Despite a valiant effort by the Blue Bullets to rally back into the contest with four players reaching double figures, Unity was able to hold off the surge in the final quarter.

David Hise and Braden Downs led the Knox County team with 12 points each. Bryar Fleisher and Beau Honeycutt chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Unity had three players turn in double-digit performances.

After a 19-point output against Paxton-Buckley-Loda less than 24 hours earlier, Blake Kimball scored 18 points to lead both rosters in the shootout game. Will Cowan found his stroke from beyond the arc, draining five treys and finishing with 17 points for the Rockets.

Starter Tristan Price hit a couple of three-pointers and went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line to finish with 10 points.

Unity (12-4), currently tied 5th in the Illini Prairie standings, will have a chance to polish their record a bit. Tuesday, the Rockets host St. Thomas More at the Rocket Center and take on the Eagles in Rantoul on Friday.

Box Score

Final: Unity 60 - Knoxville 54


  1 2 3 4 OT F
Unity 11 14 22 13 0 60
Knoxville 5 20 11 18 0 54


Unity --
Kimball 6 (1) 3-5 -- 18, Cowan 1 (5) 0-0 -- 17, H. Thomas 0 (2) 1-2 -- 7, Rawdin 2 (0) 0-0 -- 4, Warfel 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Saunders 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Porter 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, O'Neil 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Price 1 (2) 2-2 -- 10, A. Thomas 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Langendorf 2 (0) 0-0 -- 4, Maxwell 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0

Knoxville --
Downs 3 (0) 6-6 -- 12, McClay 3 (0) 3-3 -- 9, Hise 4 (1) 1-2 -- 12, Wallace 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Fleisher 0 (3) 2-2 -- 11, Nolan 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Tuckey 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Curey 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Honeycutt 5 (0) 0-2 -- 10, Shreves 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Saulte 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Morris 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Bent 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Bentz 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0

Study finds breastfeeding reduces CVD risk in mothers

Women who breastfed for 12 months or longer during their lifetime appeared to be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not breastfeed.
DALLAS -- Women who breastfed were less likely to develop heart disease or a stroke, or die from cardiovascular disease than women who did not breastfeed, according to a meta-analysis published today in a pregnancy spotlight issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), an open access, peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association.

The special issue, JAHA Spotlight on Pregnancy and Its Impact on Maternal and Offspring Cardiovascular Health, includes about a dozen research articles exploring various cardiovascular considerations during pregnancy for mother and child.

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The health benefits of breastfeeding for children are well known. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is linked with fewer respiratory infections and lower risk of death from infectious diseases among the children who were breastfed. Breastfeeding also has been linked to maternal health benefits, including lower risk for Type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer and breast cancer.

"Previous studies have investigated the association between breastfeeding and the risk of cardiovascular disease in the mother; however, the findings were inconsistent on the strength of the association and, specifically, the relationship between different durations of breastfeeding and cardiovascular disease risk. Therefore, it was important to systematically review the available literature and mathematically combine all of the evidence on this topic," said senior author Peter Willeit, M.D., M.Phil., Ph.D., professor of clinical epidemiology at the Medical University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria.

Researchers reviewed health information from eight studies conducted between 1986 and 2009 in Australia, China, Norway, Japan and the U.S. and one multinational study.

The review included health records for nearly 1.2 million women (average age 25 at first birth) and analyzed the relationship between breastfeeding and the mother’s individual cardiovascular risk.

"We collected information, for instance, on how long women had breastfed during their lifetime, the number of births, age at first birth and whether women had a heart attack or a stroke later in life or not," said first author Lena Tschiderer, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher at the Medical University of Innsbruck.

The review found:

  • 82% of the women reported they had breastfed at some time in their life.
  • Compared to women who never breastfed, women who reported breastfeeding during their lifetime had a 11% decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
  • Over an average follow-up period of 10 years, women who breastfed at some time in their life were 14% less likely to develop coronary heart disease; 12% less likely to suffer strokes; and 17% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
  • Women who breastfed for 12 months or longer during their lifetime appeared to be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not breastfeed.
  • There were no notable differences in cardiovascular disease risk among women of different ages or according to the number of pregnancies.
  • Despite recommendations to breastfeed by organizations including the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both of which recommend babies are breastfed exclusively through at least six months of age, only 1 in 4 infants receives only breastmilk for the first six months of life. Black infants in the U.S. are less likely than white infants to be breastfed for any length of time, according to the CDC.

    "It’s important for women to be aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for their babies’ health and also their own personal health," Willeit said. "Moreover, these findings from high-quality studies conducted around the world highlight the need to encourage and support breastfeeding, such as breastfeeding-friendly work environments, and breastfeeding education and programs for families before and after giving birth."

    The U.S. has the highest maternal death rate among developed countries, and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause, according to the 2021 Call to Action Maternal Health and Saving Mothers policy statement from the American Heart Association. The statement, which outlines public policies that address the racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health, notes that an estimated 2 out of 3 deaths during pregnancy may be preventable.

    "While the benefits of breastfeeding for infants and children are well established, mothers should be further encouraged to breastfeed their infants knowing that they are improving the health of their child and improving their own health as well," said Shelley Miyamoto, M.D., FAHA, chair of the American Heart Association’s Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts), the Jack Cooper Millisor Chair in Pediatric Heart Disease and director of the Cardiomyopathy Program at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora. "Raising awareness regarding the multifaceted benefits of breastfeeding could be particularly helpful to those mothers who are debating breast vs. bottle feeding.

    "It should be particularly empowering for a mother to know that by breastfeeding she is providing the optimal nutrition for her baby while simultaneously lowering her personal risk of heart disease."

    A limitation of this meta-analysis is that little information was available about women who breastfed for longer than two years. “If we had this additional data, we would have been able to calculate better estimates for the association between lifetime durations of breastfeeding and development of cardiovascular disease in mothers,” Tschiderer said.

    Prep Sports Notebook | Unity, SJO suffer losses on the hardwood


    Unity falls in OT loss to PBL

    PAXTON -- Paxton-Buckley-Loda (9-6) outscored the Unity basketball team 13-3 in an overtime session on their home court to hand the Rockets their fourth and second consecutive loss this season. The Panthers used seven of the 11 free throws in the extra period to win, 51-41.

    Nursing a 22-16 lead at the half, the Rockets' Blake Kimball scored all eight of his team's points in the third frame. Meanwhile, PBL closed the gap on the scoreboard, shaving the point deficit down to a two-point difference.

    Unity's scoring effort was a mere shadow of their first-half effort. Kimball, who finished with 19 points - 12 from three-point range, was quiet after the third period. Austin Langendorf stepped up by scoring six of the team's eight fourth-quarter points and forced the tie at the end of regulation play. The Rockets' third-leading scorer, he finished the night with nine points.

    Behind Kimball, Thomas Henry was Unity's second-leading point producer with 11 hard-earned points. Will Cowan rounded out the team's scoring effort with two points from a field goal in the first quarter.

    Keegan Busboom led the Paxton-Buckley-Loda scoring effort with 13 points. Fellow seniors Mason Medlock and Brandon Knight scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Key to their success was another senior, Mason Bruns, who came off the bench to score nine points down the stretch for the Panthers.

    Box Score

    Final: Unity 41 - Paxton-Buckley-Loda 51

      1 2 3 4 OT F
    Unity 11 11 8 8  3 41
    PBL 11 4 13 10 13 51


    Unity --
    Kimball 2 (4) 3-3 -- 19, Cowan 1 (0) 0-0 -- 2, H. Thomas 1 (2) 3-6 -- 11, Rawdin 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Warfel 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Saunders 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Porter 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, O'Neil 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Price 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, A. Thomas 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Langendorf 4 (0) 1-3 -- 9, Maxwell 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0,


    Paxton-Buckley-Loda --
    Bruns 2 (0) 5-8 -- 9, Ager 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Busboom 1 (3) 2-2 -- 13, Uden 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Sanders 0 (0) 0- -- 0, Graham 1 (0) 0-0 -- 2, Gronsky 1 (0) 0-0 -- 2, Johnson 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Medlock 3 (0) 6-6 -- 12, Hitz 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Donaldson 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Snelling 1 (0) 0-0 -- 2, Knight 4 (0) 3-5 -- 11,


    Unity wrestling squad post four wins

    MONTICELLO -- The Rockets' wrestling squad posted three shutouts during the first day of wrestling at the Illini Prairie Conference Meet this week.

    Unity defeated IVC, 84-0; Rantoul, 84-0; and the St. Thomas More program, 81-0. While Monticello was the only program to score team points against the Rockets, UHS wrestlers cruised to a 72-6 victory.


    SJO loses conference game by 14

    ST. JOSEPH -- The St. Joseph-Ogden (12-4) basketball team dropped their first conference game of the season, falling to Pontiac at home, 58-44. It is the second straight loss for the Spartans, who dropped a non-conference contest, 54-38, on the road against Class 2A powerhouse Teutopolis on Tuesday.

    Hoping to avenge last season's two-point loss to the Hawks, SJO plays at Prairie Central on Tuesday, January 18.

    The Spartans are back in the Main Gym next Friday, where they will tip-off against Illinois Valley Central.

    Area Covid-19 Dashboard for January 15, 2022

    The county's public health dashboard reports four additional Covid19 deaths on Saturday. The death toll in Champaign County from the pandemic is now 245.



    Active Champaign County Cases:

    6,681

    Net change in the county: -373



    Current local cases 1/14/22
    Number in parenthesis indicates new cases since 1/13/22

    Ogden • 34 (1)
    Royal • 9 (1)
    St. Joseph • 252 (30)
    Urbana • 2,292 (159)
    Sidney • 53 (5)
    Philo • 51 (3)
    Tolono • 143 (16)
    Sadorus • 19 (2)
    Pesotum • 26 (0)


    Total Active Local Cases:

    2,879

    Net change in local cases: -200



    Total Local Confirmed Cases: 18,975

    New cases: 217


    The information on this page is compiled from the latest figures provide by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Illinois Department of Public Health at the time of publishing. Active cases are the number of confirmed cases reported currently in isolation. Local is defined as cases within the nine communities The Sentinel covers.

    Area Covid-19 Dashboard for January 14, 2022

    The total number of Covid-related deaths in Champaign County grew 241 today. According to The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District website today, three patients, including a woman between the ages of 20-30, lost their lives to Covid-19. The county is close to averaging one Covid-19 related death to a day.

    On average, over the past five days, 283 residents per day in the Sentinel area of coverage are testing positive for Covid-19. There are currently 3,079 infected in isolation.



    Active Champaign County Cases:

    7,054

    Net change in the county: -55



    Current local cases 1/14/22
    Number in parenthesis indicates new cases since 1/13/22

    Ogden • 37 (0)
    Royal • 9 (0)
    St. Joseph • 267 (29)
    Urbana • 2454 (152)
    Sidney • 51 (4)
    Philo • 63 (3)
    Tolono • 146 (17)
    Sadorus • 20 (0)
    Pesotum • 32 (3)


    Total Active Local Cases:

    3,079

    Net change in local cases: 7



    Total Local Confirmed Cases: 18,758

    New cases: 208


    The information on this page is compiled from the latest figures provide by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Illinois Department of Public Health at the time of publishing. Active cases are the number of confirmed cases reported currently in isolation. Local is defined as cases within the nine communities The Sentinel covers.

    Prep Sports Notebook | SJO knock off IVC, Unity roll past Rantoul


    Rockets improve to 4-0 in conference play

    Taylor Henry recorded five steals in the Rockets home game against Rantoul on Tuesday. She scored eight points along the way and had four rebounds to help the Unity (16-4 overall, 4-0 IPC) girls team clip the Eagles, 37-8.

    Maddie Reed, who was 5-5 from the free-throw line, led all scorers with the 13 points she collected in the first half of the conference game.

    Though scoreless, Erika Steinman led the team effort in the paint with five boards. Raegan Stringer and Lauren Miller chipped another four rebounds apiece as well as chalked up four points and a pair of assists each in the rout.

    Box Score

    Final: Unity 37 - Rantoul 8
      1 2 3 4 F
    Unity 9 16 10 2 37
    Rantoul 4 0 2 2 8

    Unity --
    Ray () - -- 0, Flesch 0 (0) 1-2 -- 1, Renfrow 0 (0) 0-1 -- 0, Miller 1 (0) 2-2 -- 4, Steinman 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Stringer 2 (0) 0-0 -- 4, Moore 1 (0) 2-2 -- 4, Reed 1 (2) 5-5 -- 13, Alagna 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Henry 2 () 4-6 -- 8, Chandler 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Henry 0 (0) 3-4 -- 3,

    Rantoul --
    Walton 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Emery 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Jackson-Rope 2 (0) 0-2 -- 4, Poke 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Dixon 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Sutherland 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Autman 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Martin 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Naverette 1 (0) 1-2 -- 3, Vermillion 0 (0) 1-2 -- 1, Ortiz 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0,


    Armstrong rains treys

    St. Joseph-Ogden senior Ella Armstrong hit three treys in the first quarter on her way to a game-high 14 points against Illinois Valley Central (8-12) in Thursday's 46-26 win over the Grey Ghost.

    The Spartans exploded early to a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to five points from Ashlyn Lannert, two baskets from Payton Jacob, and Armstrong's nine.

    Marley Williamson led IVC's offense with 13 points. Sage Geltmaker added six points to round out the top scorers for the hosts.

    Undefeated in conference play, the Spartans (13-5 overall, 3-0 IPC) play their next two contests on the road starting tomorrow with Mattoon. After their non-conference battle down south, SJO plays St. Thomas More on Monday in north Champaign.

    Box Score

    Final: St. Joseph-Ogden 46 - IVC 26
      1 2 3 4 F
    St. Joseph-Ogden 23 10 6 7 46
    IVC 7 11 5 3 26

    St. Joseph-Ogden --
    Lannert 2 (2) 0-1 -- 10, Hug 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Williams 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Frick 0 (2) 0-0 -- 6, Jacob 2 (0) 0-0 -- 4, Wells 3 (0) 0-0 -- 6, Baker 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Baltzell 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Behrens 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Jones 0 (1) 1-2 -- 4, Martinie 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Hamilton 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Kearney 1 (0) 0-0 -- 2, Armstrong 0 (4) 2-2 -- 14, Harms 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Ward 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0,

    IVC --
    Earlywine 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Williamson 5 (0) 3-5 -- 13, Fager 1 (0) 0-1 -- 2, Geltmaker 2 (0) 2-4 -- 6, Mercer 0 (0) 3-6 -- 3, Birkett 1 (0) 0-0 -- 2, Boze 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Zerfass 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Urbanc 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Smith 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Bramer 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0,


    Tigers fall at Danville

    The Urbana girls basketball team fell 48-38 to Danville on the road. The Tigers are back on the road on Saturday against St. Teresa and finish up their road campaign at Rantoul on Tuesday.

    St. Joseph-Ogden 2nd-quarter Honor Roll

    St. Joseph-Ogden High School Honor Roll This week, St. Joseph-Ogden High School announced the second-quarter Honor Roll and High Honor Roll recipients. To receive honor roll recognition at SJO students must earn a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Students whose GPA soared above 3.74 are recognized as High Honor Roll students.

    High Honor Roll

    Freshmen

    Sophomores

    Juniors

    Senior

    Honor Roll

    Freshmen

    Sophomores

    Juniors

    Seniors

    Tonight's games online:
    SJO vs Pontiac, Urbana boys take on Central

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    January 14, 2022

    URBANA HIGH SCHOOL
    Boys Sophomore Basketball vs Central | 6:00 PM
    Boys Varsity Basketball vs Central | 7:30 PM


    ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN HIGH SCHOOL
    Boys Varsity Wrestling vs Unity | 4:25 PM
    Boys Junior Varsity Basketball vs Pontiac | 5:30 PM
    Boys Varsity Basketball vs Pontiac | 7:00 PM


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    Youth orchestra to perform on campus this Sunday

    The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra will perform a concert at Smith Recital Hall in Urbana this Sunday, January 16, at 7pm.

    The orchestra is made up of 49 students from the local area including Champaign, Urbana, Mahomet, Monticello, and Danville. Each student must audition for a spot in the program run by The Conservatory of Central Illinois. The young musicians are among the top high school classical instrumentalists in the area.

    "We’ve been preparing since mid-September, with weekly rehearsals on Sunday afternoons at the Krannert Center," said Kevin Kelly, Conductor and Program Director. "The orchestra plays professional-level music from the standard orchestral repertoire, which presents expressive and technical challenges and tremendous learning opportunities for talented, highly motivated student musicians."

    The program includes Giuseppe Verdi Overture to The Force of Destiny, Camille Saint-Saëns Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, and Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor and No. 6 in D Major.

    "This particular program has two selections drawn from operas—by Verdi and Saint-Saëns—two influenced by national styles of particular countries—the Irish dances of Arnold and the Hungarian dances of Brahms—and a movement from a celebrated symphony by Dvořák, who was a protege of Brahms," Kelly said. "Some of the tunes will be quite familiar to classical music fans, but all of it can easily be enjoyed by even the novice listener."

    The concert is free to the general public and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test is required for admission.

    The musicians for Sunday's program include:

    Violin: Noel Chi, co-concertmaster, Jenna Shin, co-concertmaster, Elijah Song, co-concertmaster, Sierra Freund, assistant concertmaster, Emily Duong, Sarah Guo, Andrew Kim, Maggie Li, Wesley Lu, Swarup Majumder, Elan Pan, Shreyas Singh, Bruce Tang, Maya Viswanathan, Max Wang, Renee Wang, Emily Wilson, James Yan, and Dan Yang.

    Viola: Sarah Kim, principal and Advait Rajmane.

    Cello: Yelim Kim, principal, Ellie Kim, Sarah Su, Jeana To, Firmiana Wang, and Jason Yan.

    Bass: Kalah Weber, principal and April Vanichtheeranont.

    Flute: Grace To, principal, Hewitt Friedman, Elizabeth Su, and Jonas VisGirda.

    Piccolo: Jonas VisGirda.

    Oboe: William Ding, principal, and Ioelle Lee.

    Clarinet: Benjamin Chang, co-principal, Stefania Dzhaman, co-principal, and Teo Percoco.

    Bassoon: Christian Deck.

    Horn: Owen Robinson, principal, and Mason Miao.

    Trumpet: Gabe Difanis, co-principal, and Aaron Rosenstein, co-principal.

    Trombone: Roman Di Girolamo, principal and Jack Minor, and Nick Wurl (guest).

    Tuba: Owen Ericson.

    Piano: D. J. Wang.

    Timpani: Elianna Lee.

    Percussion: Jason Kim

    Area COVID-19 Dashboard for January 13, 2022

    The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported two additional fatalities due to the Covid-19 pandemic bringing the death toll to 10 from the viral disease in January. A total of 238 individuals from the county have succumbed to the disease.

    Locally on Thursday, 247 new positive tests were reported. There are now 3,072 active cases currently in The Sentinel's reporting area.


    Active Champaign County Cases:

    7,109

    Net change in the county: 96



    Current local cases 1/13/22
    Number in parenthesis indicates new cases since 1/12/22

    Ogden • 46 (7)
    Royal • 10 (1)
    St. Joseph • 250 (30)
    Urbana • 2462 (187)
    Sidney • 48 (2)
    Philo • 64 (4)
    Tolono • 140 (12)
    Sadorus • 20 (2)
    Pesotum • 32 (2)


    Total Active Local Cases:

    3,072

    Net change in local cases: 2



    Total Local Confirmed Cases: 18,550

    New cases: 247


    The information on this page is compiled from the latest figures provide by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Illinois Department of Public Health at the time of publishing. Active cases are the number of confirmed cases reported currently in isolation. Local is defined as cases within the nine communities The Sentinel covers.

    St. Joseph Futbol Club sets registration dates for spring soccer program

    Registration for the St. Joseph Futbol Club and the upcoming spring youth soccer season starts on Tuesday, February 1. Kids in grades from kindergarten thru 8th grade may sign up until February 25. Parents will not be able to register their athletes after that day.

    The match season is slated to kick off the weekend of April 9 and will run through May 21. There will be no games during the Easter weekend April 15-17. Players must be at least 5 years old by opening day order to participate.

    The registration fee for Kindergarten age players is $55, $60 for grades 1 through 4, and $65 for 5th through 8th-grade athletes.

    Matches and practice times have not been set. Times and dates for both will be announced for each team by coaches.

    The St. Joseph program is also seeking volunteer coaches.

    For more information, contact the club administrators at sjfcspartans@gmail.com.

    Tonight's game line-up online for area teams

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    Tonight's Live NFHS Broadcasts

    January 13, 2022

    URBANA HIGH SCHOOL
    Boys Freshman Basketball @ Danville | 6:00 PM Central
    Girls Varsity Basketball @ Danville | 6:00 PM Central


    ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN HIGH SCHOOL
    Girls Sophomore Basketball @ Illinois Valley | 5:30 PM Central
    Girls Varsity Basketball @ Illinois Valley | 7:00 PM Central


    UNITY HIGH SCHOOL
    Girls Junior varsity Basketball vs Rantoul | 5:30 PM Central
    Girls Middle school Volleyball vs Westville | 6:00 PM Central
    Girls Varsity Basketball vs Rantoul | 7:00 PM Central


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    Sudoku is back on oursentinel.com

    This week, The Sentinel is happy to bring back the Sudoku Challenge. Back in 2004, the Times in London helped spread Sudoku to Western culture by publishing it first daily. Since then, people attempt to solve one of the possible 5,472,730,538 puzzles.

    Your objective, if you haven't played this game before is to fill each row and column with the same number only once using digits 1 through 9. Sudoku is also awesome, fun for developing concentration and keeping your brain sharp.

    Our new reboot allows Sentinel readers to solve the puzzle online. After you solve this weeks, try one or more of the additional Sudoku puzzles to play.

    Here's how you play:

    Click on any box in the puzzle and the frame will turn yellow. When you do this the clock starts ticking. Use your keyboard to place the numbers in each box. Remember the goal is to only use one number in each row and column. If the number you wish to use is already present in the row or column, you will not be able to insert it into that box.

    Below the puzzle, you will see a check box that says pencil. Use this to "pencil in" answers. Penciled numbers will be in blue. When you are ready to fill in a box simply uncheck the box and fill it with the correct number.

    Two other tips: You can erase numbers by highlighting them and clicking delete on your keyboard. Also, you can use the "Reveal Number" button to show you the correct number for the highlighted square - but don't use it too often. It takes the fun out of solving the puzzle.

    When you have filled in all the squares a congratulatory message will pop up. If you have filled in all the blanks but see the pop-up, it means you did something wrong. Click the "Solution" button to see where you might have failed.

    Good luck and test your brain each week.

    Area COVID-19 Dashboard for January 12, 2022

    There are currently 3,070 active cases in The Sentinel area as of the latest figures from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. The total exceeds the previous number by two cases on Sunday for the eight villages plus Urbana in the area we cover.


    Active Champaign County Cases:

    7,013

    Net change in the county: 126



    Current local cases 1/12/22
    Number in parenthesis indicates new cases since 1/11/22

    Ogden • 43 (7)
    Royal • 9 (2)
    St. Joseph • 236 (41)
    Urbana • 2468 (285)
    Sidney • 53 (6)
    Philo • 65 (7)
    Tolono • 146 (14)
    Sadorus • 19 (4)
    Pesotum • 31 (6)


    Total Active Local Cases:

    3,070

    Net change in local cases: 97



    Total Local Confirmed Cases: 18,303

    New cases: 372


    The information on this page is compiled from the latest figures provide by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Illinois Department of Public Health at the time of publishing. Active cases are the number of confirmed cases reported currently in isolation. Local is defined as cases within the nine communities The Sentinel covers.

    Food | Giving plasma? Boost iron levels with this marinated skirt steak recipe

    skirt steak for dinner

    Recipe to help boost iron levels, aid plasma donation recovery

    Family Feature -- Chef Nate Appleman knows how important it is to serve healthy meals to your family - ones they actually want to eat. Before having his first child, he transformed his eating and exercise habits and lost 85 pounds to get on a healthier path.

    Now, he's cooking meals for his family, including 14-year-old Oliver who was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease as a toddler - an inflammation of the blood vessels that can cause damage to coronary arteries - as a healthy lifestyle is important to help manage the disease. Since Oliver's diagnosis, Appleman made it his personal mission to create awareness of Kawasaki Disease and for the critical need for plasma donations that many people with the disease rely on for treatment, which is why he partnered with Abbott to bring attention to the need for plasma donations.

    Plasma is a powerful part of your blood that supports essential bodily functions. It's a lifeline for thousands of people who are immune-compromised and live with a variety of chronic and complex diseases. In fact, more than 125,000 Americans rely on medication made from plasma every day, according to the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA).

    The COVID-19 pandemic led to a serious shortage of plasma donors - average donations per center in the United States were down approximately 11% during the first few months of 2021 compared to the previous year, further deepening the nearly 20% decline in donations in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the PPTA.

    Donating plasma is a safe and relatively easy process. Since plasma is replaced in the body within about 24 hours, it can be donated up to twice per week. With a donation that typically takes between 1-3 hours, you can make a lasting impact by providing lifesaving medicine for patients like Oliver.

    It's a good idea to fuel up with iron-rich foods before and after donating, so Appleman created these fresh, nutritious recipes he loves to serve his family: Marinated Skirt Steak (see recipe below), Lemon Chicken with Roasted Red Onions and Potatoes, and Cheesy Frittata with Veggies.

    Learn where you can donate at bethe1donor.abbott.

    Marinated Skirt Steak


    Recipe courtesy of chef Nate Appleman on behalf of Abbott

    Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small Thai bird chile or serrano chile, chopped
  • 1/4 head finely shaved green cabbage
  • 1/4 head finely shaved purple cabbage
  • 2 carrots, thinly julienned
  • Skirt steak:

  • 1 1/2 pounds trimmed skirt steak
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • salt, to taste
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup crushed peanuts
  • 1 lime, quartered, for garnish
  • To make vinaigrette: In large bowl, mix oil, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, water, sugar, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and chile. Toss cabbage and carrots in vinaigrette; refrigerate until ready to serve. To make skirt steak: Marinate steak in coconut milk, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, sriracha and salt, to taste, at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours. Heat grill to high. Grill 3-4 minutes each side until medium rare. Let rest 3 minutes. Thinly slice steaks against grain and serve with vinaigrette, rice and crushed peanuts; garnish with lime wedges.

    Area COVID-19 Dashboard for January 11, 2022


    Active Champaign County Cases:

    6,887

    Net change in the county: -207



    Current local cases 1/11/22
    Number in parenthesis indicates new cases since 1/10/22

    Ogden • 39 (3)
    Royal • 8 (1)
    St. Joseph • 215 (16)
    Urbana • 2405 (190)
    Sidney • 51 (3)
    Philo • 61 (2)
    Tolono • 149 (9)
    Sadorus • 15 (0)
    Pesotum • 30 (3)


    Total Active Local Cases:

    2,973

    Net change in local cases: -92



    Total Local Confirmed Cases: 17,931

    New cases: 227


    The information on this page is compiled from the latest figures provide by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Illinois Department of Public Health at the time of publishing. Active cases are the number of confirmed cases reported currently in isolation. Local is defined as cases within the nine communities The Sentinel covers.

    Anemic roster fuels Tigers' conference loss to Wildcats

    NORMAL -- Taking the court with a seriously depleted roster, the Urbana girls basketball team dropped their fifth conference game of the season on the road on Saturday, January 8. The Tigers, with just six players available players, suffered a 52-10 loss at Normal West.

    Gabrielle Mboyo-Meta led Urbana's scoring effort with six points. Junior McKenzie Sprague and freshman Jasmine McCullough rounded out their team's side of the scoreboard with two points apiece.

    Though there were limited opportunities between numerous turnovers, neither team was able to score until there was 4:28 left in the opening quarter. Megan Williams sank a trey to put the Wildcats up 3-0.

    Normal West then capitalized on an overthrown Tigers' pass to go up 5-0 thanks to a bucket in the paint from Meredith Bertsche. With a little more than three minutes to play in the quarter, Ashley Wilcox added two more points from under the basket to give the Wildcats a 7-0 advantage.

    Urbana responded by stepping up their defensive effort. Next, the squad put their first points on the board with a free throw from Mboyo-Meta. A minute and 45 seconds later, the Tigers were back in the game down, 7-4.

    The understaffed Urbana team was limited to just eight first-half points.

    It was Normal West's Monie Howard and her two-quarter, ten-point run and the inability to rotate players in that sealed Urbana's fate.

    The Wildcats had three players reach double figures. Williams had 11 points, Howard was good for 10, and Wilcox drained another 10 points in the Big Twelve Conference victory.

    Mboyo-Meta and the Tigers are scheduled to play on the road for the next three contests starting Thursday at Danville, Saturday at St. Teresa in Decatur, and at Rantoul next Tuesday. Urbana's next home game will be against Mattoon on January 20.

    Box Score

    Final: Urbana 10 - Normal West 52

      1 2 3 4 F
    Urbana 4 4 0 2 10
    Normal West 7 16 21 8 52

    Urbana --
    Mboyo-Meta 1 (1) 1-2 -- 6, Sprague 1 (0) 0-0 -- 2, McCullough 1 (0) 0-0 -- 2, T. Hall 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Edwards 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, J. Hall 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0

    Normal West --
    Kobel 1 (2) 0-0 -- 8, Wilcox 4 (0) 2-2 -- 10, Wertheim 0 (0) 0-0 -- 0, Gale 1 (1) 1-1 -- 6, Wilson 1 (0) 0-1 -- 2, Howard 5 (0) 0-0 -- 10, Williams 1 (3) 0-0 -- 11, Tinsley 0 (0) 1-3 -- 1, Bertsche 1 (0) 0-0 -- 2, Patton 1 (0) -9 -- 2


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