Thursday's prep highlights: Danville duo still alive in state tourney

In girls’ tennis

■ Danville’s Taylor Ellis and Rebecca Lewis are the only local competitors still in contention at the state tournament, which began Thursday. The double team played in four matches on the opening day.

The Viking girls opened play by humbling Shelby Holst and Ashley West of Salem, 6-3, 6-3.

Prep volleyball Top 10: Watseka jumps to No. 1

A look at the area Top 10 teams, courtesy Fred Kroner:
1. Watseka (5), 30-3
2. Schlarman (6), 21-3-1
3. St. Thomas More (2), 27-8
4. Centennial (7), 22-13
5. Champaign Central (1), 28-7
6. Cissna Park (4), 28-4
7. Mahomet-Seymour (8), 19-12
8. Unity (9), 24-11
9. St. Joseph-Ogden (3), 19-8

Seniors own the night, Unity tops SJ-O

TOLONO — There are special moments within the lives of high school students that are met with reverence.

Homecoming. Getting a driver’s license. Spring break. Prom.

And, for athletes in the final year of a sport or activity, Senior Night.

Seven Unity classmates took to the Rocket Center court for their regular-season volleyball finale on Thursday.

No foul: Wheatley strong on penalty kicks

CHAMPAIGN — Claire Wheatley settles into the goal for penalty kicks knowing the odds are firmly stacked against her. In fact, the player taking the kick is roughly three times as likely to score than the Illinois sophomore goalkeeper is to stop it.

Volleyball feeling aggressive as consistency returns

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ switch to a 5-1 rotation after losing in five sets at Ohio State was a fundamental shift in offensive scheme and an attempt to get more consistency in the Illini’s attack.

Big Ten update: Illinois QB situation will be scrutinized

Each week, we’ll gauge Tim Beckman’s promise of turning Illinois football into a consistent winner:

Jordan, Williams set to enjoy UI visits

CHAMPAIGN — Aaron Jordan has been on campus so often he could probably give the official UI tour guides the rundown of the must-see stops at Illinois.

Making their mark: Illinois commits prepare for postseason

Dre Brown, RB, DeKalb
So far ... has helped the Barbs to 8-0 record, rushing for more than 100 yards in each game.
Tonight ... Brown and DeKalb will try to keep their unbeaten season alive at home against Geneseo.

Ferguson ready for heavy lifting

CHAMPAIGN — Robert Holcombe won’t need to worry about Josh Ferguson breaking his single-game rushing attempt record on Saturday against Minnesota.

Nor should Antoineo Harris, Rocky Harvey or Howard Griffith fret of having Ferguson’s name appear before theirs on this particular list.

SportsTalk 10-23-14

SportsTalk 10-23-14: Play now!

Brian Moline hosts the Thursday edition of Sports Talk 10-23-14. With interviews with Kevin Hambly, Fred Kroner, and Janet Rayfield.


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