March 23 prep sports chat

March 23 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

Why was Anaya Peoples The News-Gazette's All-Area girls' basketball Player of the Year? When do other All-Area teams from the winter come out? What spring sports teams could contend for a state title this school year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to answer your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Anthony Zilis wrote on March 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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Welcome to this week's prep sports chat, where I'll take questions on All-Area winter sports packages as well as spring sports. All-Area girls basketball. We have plenty of questions this week, so let's jump straight in.

Thom wrote on March 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

I applaud your choice of Anaya Peoples as your Player of The Year. Good to see you thinking outside the box However, I can't fathom how Aerial Scott was no where on the list. Not even an honorable mention choice. Her season ended early, but didn't the Duke commit show you anything during the six weeks that she played? How can you ever explain this oversight?

Anthony Zilis wrote on March 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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Thanks, although I'm not sure Peoples was actually an outside-the-box choice. She's clearly the most talented player in the area, she led her team to plenty of success, including a win over the eventual Class 1A state champion, and her statistics and numberous scholarship offers back up the choice. While some other players had great seasons, Peoples stood above the rest.

I'm well aware of Arieal Scott's situation, and expect more on her in the coming weeks. This was more of a technicality. Based on the IHSA decision, Urbana was forced to forfeit all of the games Scott played, so unfortunately, the decision was made that we had to leave her off. Fortunately for Scott, she'll have another year and will start next year on the shortlist for Player of the Year along with Peoples, with Oakwood's Katelyn Young also a possible contender. Scott has and will receive plenty of plaudits throughout her career, and she's obviously an incredible talent in our area, as her recruiting rankings and commitment to Duke show.

Zeb wrote on March 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

I have yet to see any reports on the All-Area AllStar basketball game that you've hosted at Parkland. What are the details and when will the roster announcements be made? thank you.

Anthony Zilis wrote on March 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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Expect announcements on this very soon.

I.B. Joe wrote on March 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

I havent seen the coverage of this weekends state indoor track meet. Which area kids are looking good to be among the leaders?

Anthony Zilis wrote on March 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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Here are the top area contenders at this week's Illinois Top Tims meet.


Class 1A (top 3)

3. Camden Coleman, Uni, 200m

3. Camden Coleman, Uni, 400m

2. Arielle Summitt, Uni, 400m

2. Arielle Summitt, Uni, 800m

1. Logan Hall, ALAH, 1600m

1. Parker Francisco, SJ-O, 60m hurdles

2. Alayna Stalter, Fisher, 60m hurdles

1. SJ-O girls, 4x200m relay

2. SJ-O girls, 4x400 relay

1. STM girls, 4x800 relay

2. SJ-O girls, 4x800 relay

2. Lucy Lux-Rulon, STM, high jump

3. Sarah Craig, Schlarman, pole vault

2. Lucy Lux-Rulon, STM, long jump

3. Rachyl Anderson, Salt Fork, shot put


2A (top 6)

4. Jyana Anderson, Urbana, 200m

6. Libby Cultra, Urbana, 1600m

5. Gabe Pommier, Mahomet-Seymour, 3200

4. Jordan Harmon, Unity, 3200

5. Libby Cultra, Urbana, 3200

5. Steven Migut, Unity, 60m hurdles

5. Rantoul boys, 4x200 relay

6. Urbana girls, 4x200 relay

1. Nicholas Jackson, Champaign Central, high jump

1. Diamonasia Taylor, Urbana, high jump

1. Chandler Ifft, Prairie Central, high jump

4. Tyler Carrel, Urbana, pole vault

1. Aliyah Welter, Monticello, pole vault

3. Mara Pletcher, Mahomet-Seymour, pole vault

6. Taylor Millsap, Unity, pole vault


3A (top 8)

1. Ameia Wilson, Danville, 60m dash

3. Ameia Wilson, Danville, 200m

8. Quemarii Williams, Danville, 400m

Bryon wrote on March 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Have you circled on your calendar the first possible date that Randy Wolken will join the 1,000-win club? What an amazing career he has had, heading to his 30th 20-win season in a row and with the pitching the team has now, this could be a state-caliber club. I'd be interested in how many coaches across the country have ever reached 1,000 wins in one high school sport.

Anthony Zilis wrote on March 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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I'm not sure on the exact date for this, but this is certainly something we'll keep an eye on. Randy Wolken has had a fantastic career, and he could add a state championship to his resume this year.

Hal wrote on March 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Who s looking good this yr in soccer? Will you start up with thelocal rankings soon? Who is pegged as the No. 1 team to beat ?

Anthony Zilis wrote on March 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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Expect our spring sports coverage to pick up in the coming weeks as our final All-Area teams come out.

I expect Centennial and Mahomet-Seymour to be this year's girls' soccer teams to beat. Centennial brings back player of the year Willa Olson and her twin sister, Gressa, who may have been the top two players in the area last season in their first year of high school soccer (they played boys' club soccer their first two years of high school), and All-Area first-teamer Casey Lavin returns to lead the back line. Mahomet-Seymour's Meredith Johnson-Monfort will also be one of the top players in our area this season, and the Bulldogs will bring back a nice supporting cast, including All-Area first team defender Mikaela Antonacci. Expect an improved Champaign Central team, also.

As for small schools, St. Thomas More's program will likely be strong again, led by Izzy Schmitt.


Alvin wrote on March 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Any plans to update us fans on how area conference are looking for next year when M-S joins the Appollo and all those Okaw schools join a new league? How are things shaping up for football & basketball in those leagues? What changes are there in other leagues? I remember something happening in the SVC but dont know the details

Anthony Zilis wrote on March 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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I think Mahomet-Seymour should be able to comfortably reach five wins in football in the Apollo and should be a contender to win the conference in boys' basketball, just like they were in the Corn Belt.

The Illini Prairie Conference will be interesting to watch. Bloomington Central Catholic will be a threat to win in most sports. In football, Unity, St. Joseph-Ogden and Monticello, I envision, will remain favorites to win the conference.

Anthony Zilis wrote on March 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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Thanks for joining me for this week's prep sports chat. Be sure to come back next week with more questions, and look for All-Area boys' basketball in Sunday's paper.