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MONTICELLO – Lucy Coleman helped Monticello catch up on the scoreboard Thursday, but she can't do anything about the tally on the home front.
"My sister (Amelia) won regionals all four years," Lucy Coleman said. "I needed one."
WESTVILLE – Football coaches Guy Goodlove of Westville and Mike Allen of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley have found extra game film to study this week.
Beyond tapes of the current year's games they exchanged, the coaches have spent time looking at past seasons when the schools played each other regularly. Westville and GCMS met seven consecutive seasons, with the Falcons winning the final four games, the last one (14-7) in 2005.
ATWOOD – Emily Sanders had 22 assists, eight digs and seven kills to help second-seeded Sullivan hold off upset-minded Atwood-Hammond, the No. 8 seed, 22-25, 25-16, 25-11 in the Class 1A volleyball regional semifinals Thursday night. Brittne McMahan had 14 kills, 10 digs and four aces for the Redskins.
Sanders then had 12 assists, eight digs and four kills against seventh-seeded Bement in a 25-17, 25-23 win in the finals. Lauren Taylor added six kills and Leslie Lewis had five digs for the Redskins (21-12).
MAHOMET – After 120 minutes of evenly matched soccer, the playoff future of the Centennial Chargers would come down to one kick.
Following Kyle Bullock, Stefan Wingo, Neil Hamilton and Kenny Kranz's successful penalty kicks, it would be senior captain Jonathan Hinds who would determine the fate of his team's playoff future.
PETERSBURG – Gary Denhart expected his Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac football team to draw a 9-0 team in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.
He went as far as to share his thoughts with the Comets.
On paper, there seems to be little difference in the state of the Hoopeston Area football team from last year until now.
Twelve months ago, the Cornjerkers concluded a 2-7 season with a high-scoring one-point win (39-38) against Milford.
VILLA GROVE – If nothing else, history is on Villa Grove's side.
On paper it would appear that the 16th-seeded Blue Devils don't stand a chance at No. 1 Mount Olive, but games aren't played on paper. The Villa Grove locals have reminded first-year coach Chad Musselman of that every chance they get.
SIDELL – Five years ago, Heyworth High School didn't have enough football players to field a varsity team.
Four years ago, the school was so short-handed by Week 9 that it had to forfeit.
GEORGETOWN – For Cody Swick, this cross-country season has been all about continuing his team's reputation as a strong competitor.
The Georgetown-Ridge Farm/ Chrisman boys' squad has qualified for the sectional meet every year the co-op has existed. The streak was extended last week when the Buffaloes placed fourth at the regional to advance to the Class 1A sectional meet, which is Saturday morning at Paxton-Buckley-Loda.
CHAMPAIGN – It's a late October afternoon and St. Thomas More senior running back Dylan Ray is on the football field, braving the elements on a chilly day. But for Ray, there's nowhere else he'd rather be.
That's because at this time last year, Ray was hanging up his helmet and shoulder pads. Football season was over. The Sabers had just wrapped up a disappointing season in which they finished 1-8.