Jordan J. Wilson

Jordan J. Wilson

Broaders, Ma and Springer make the cut

EVANSTON — Reed Broaders has been here before, sitting in her hotel room shortly after qualifying for the finals after a strong first day at the IHSA girls' swimming and diving state meet.

And for her second go-round, the Illineks sophomore is drawing on lessons learned in last year's finals.

Friday's prep highlights: Spartans blaze to title

Lady Falcon/Bunnie Tip-Off Classic

Tuesday's prep highlights: Browning, Willis pace Maroons

In girls' basketball

Paris Thanksgiving Tournament

Cluster of state-cut finishes guides Centennial to 4th straight title

CHAMPAIGN — Courtney Lehmann didn't hide her concerns when Megan Bernacchi weeks ago told her she wanted to compete in the 200-yard intermediate medley at sectionals.

The second-year Centennial coach knew Bernacchi was a backstroke and butterfly specialist, but a lingering knee issue gave her pause on how she would fare in the breaststroke.

Bears off to best start since 2013 at halfway point

The Bears sit atop the NFC North and, at 5-3, are off to their best eight-game start since 2013. A good time for sports copy editor JORDAN J. WILSON to take stock and look at what lies ahead:

Illini soccer advances to Big Ten semifinals

MADISON, Wis. — Winning didn't come quickly for the Illinois soccer team. And it almost didn't come at all.

Establishing her future plans

DANVILLE — Ameia Wilson admits the stress from last spring's Class 3A state meet kept her from believing the words of encouragement.

No matter how good her Danville coaches and teammates told her she was, the Vikings track and field star refused to believe them, even after winning a silver medal and two more in bronze.

Bombers boom past Broncos in 1st round

ARGENTA — Steve Kirk expected something tricky from Cerro Gordo/Bement when his undefeated Argenta-Oreana team met the Broncos in Friday's first-round playoff game.

And tricky the Broncos were, recovering an onside kick on their opening kickoff and marching 49 yards downfield for first score of the game.

Not that it did much to slow down the Bombers.

Ma delivers top times, energy in Uni High's win over rivals

URBANA — Two thoughts popped into Sally Ma's head as she pondered how she was feeling, minutes after she helped Uni High win the Twin City meet at Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center.

STM girls' golf finishes fourth again; Ellis takes third

DECATUR — A disappointing first day could have derailed Alaina Bowie's run in the state tournament.

One birdie was as good as it got for the St. Thomas More junior in a frigid opening round at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur, one year removed from finishing third as an individual.

It might have stayed disappointing, too, had Bowie been playing for herself.