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.
A look at the area Top 10 teams, courtesy Fred Kroner:
TEAM (PREVIOUS), RECORD
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
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.
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.
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.
Each week, we’ll gauge Tim Beckman’s promise of turning Illinois football into a consistent winner:
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.
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.
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: 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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