Matt Daniels

Matt Daniels

Sabers keep on winning

TUSCOLA — St. Thomas More volleyball won its third straight regional title on Thursday night.

The defending Class 2A state champions swept host Tuscola 25-18, 25-23 in the Sabers' 11th straight victory.

The second-seeded Sabers (33-4) advanced to next Monday's Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin Sectional semifinal match at 6:30 p.m. against El Paso-Gridley (25-8).

Week 10 prep football storylines: On the home stretch

Sports editor MATT DANIELS takes a look at three area teams before they host first-round playoff games:

1 The numbers show how dominant Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley is this season.

Running back Jared Trantina has a team-high 1,120 yards on 111 carries. Only nine of those carries have come in the second half.

Newcomers keep Cobras contending

CHAMPAIGN — What happened two years ago with Parkland men's soccer is a good memory.

But the trip to the NJCAA Division I national tournament is one the current Mark Sikora-coached Cobras have little recollection of.

"Every two year-cycle, you have new guys," said Sikora, in his 12th season leading Parkland. "It's old hat to us, but for these guys, it's brand new."

Saturday's prep highlights: M-S girls' cross-country wins title

Class 2A Danville Regional

That's a wrap: Week 9 prep football roundup

Maroons moving on to playoffs

Maroons earn boys' soccer regional title

MT. ZION — A trip to Moline this summer for a few practice matches showed Champaign Central boys' soccer coach Nick Clegg what his team could accomplish.

"The guys really seemed to click," Clegg said. "They were jelling together."

They still are.

SJ-O respects opponent, but focused on its own goals

ST. JOSEPH — Shawn Skinner displayed his movie acumen when describing how well Monticello football has played this season.

"They're mobile, agile and hostile," the SJ-O football coach said, referencing a well-known line from the 2000 film "Remember the Titans," about a 1971 high school football team in Virginia. "You name it, they've got it."

Week 9 prep football storylines: Danville, STM and Oakwood drive for five wins

1. Their leading rusher is a sophomore.

Their quarterback is a junior.

Three starters on the offensive line are sophomores. Needless to say, Danville football has a youth movement this season. And yet, the Vikings are one win away from playoff eligibility.

Playoff fate in Champaign Central's control

CHAMPAIGN — Shoulders slumped.

Heads down.

Bad body language.

When mistakes started to add up earlier this season, that was the demeanor of the Champaign Central football team.

Not anymore.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Brandon helps STM volleyball hit 30 wins

In volleyball

McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference Tournament