Area golf teams have less than a week to finish their preparations for the postseason. Boys’ regional tournaments start Tuesday. One day later, girls’ regionals will be held. In all cases, qualifiers move on to sectionals scheduled for Oct. 14. The state meets will be Oct. 18-19.
In Class 1A, area boys’ teams were assigned to regionals at Tuscola (Ironhorse), Cumberland, El Paso and Streator. Those sites feed into a sectional at Danville’s Harrison Park.
In Class 2A, Mahomet’s Lake of the Woods Golf Course will serve as a host on consecutive days. Arcola/A-L, Centennial, Central, M-S, Monticello, Rantoul and Urbana are among the competing boys’ schools for a Class 2A regional Tuesday at the course. They are seeking spots in a sectional at Metamora.
In Class 3A, Danville’s boys will compete in a regional at Normal’s Ironwood Golf Course with qualifiers moving on to a sectional at Pekin.
The area’s top-ranked boys’ teams, in order, are Centennial, St. Thomas More, M-S, Champaign Central and Bismarck-Henning. Coach Terry French’s B-H team is seeking a third consecutive top-six finish at state.
For girls, the Lake of the Woods is the site for a Class 1A regional, featuring 12 area teams. Some area squads were assigned to Charleston and others to Pontiac.
In Class 2A, the UI Blue Course serves as a regional host. Centennial, Central and Urbana will be among the schools with entries.
The area’s top-rated girls’ teams, in order, are M-S, Monticello, St. Thomas More, Centennial and LeRoy. M-S has had consecutive top-10 state finishes in Class 1A.
Central’s Altmyer headed to ISU
CHAMPAIGN — Senior pitcher Alec Altmyer, from Champaign Central, gave an oral commitment to continue his baseball career at Illinois State. As a junior, Altmyer was second among the Maroons in strikeouts with 43 in 30 2/3 innings. He had a 2-4 record in 13 appearances.
The 6-foot-2, 160-pounder — who has been clocked at 90 mph on speed guns — also received a scholarship offer from Southern Illinois. Altmyer, who has played shortstop for three years with the Maroons, has not settled on a major.
Evansville next stop for Salt Fork star
CATLIN — All-Area baseball standout Ross Learnard, from Salt Fork, will continue his career at Evansville. He was recruited as a pitcher.
“The campus is really small, and that’s what I’m used to,” he said.
He plans on majoring in business.
As a junior, he helped the Storm place fourth in the Class 1A state tournament. Learnard had a team-high .411 batting average.
Easy win for Westville
WESTVILLE — Westville’s football team loses a home game Saturday but gains a win on its record after St. Francis de Sales notified school administrators that it will forfeit the game instead of playing. This is the third consecutive game de Sales has forfeited.
Westville is 2-4 overall, coming off a 42-14 homecoming win against Milford/Cissna Park in a game in which Dalton Hilligoss rushed for 120 yards, LaDavion Severado had 109 and Jeff Thompson 99.
Area kids on campus ...
— Freshman Allison Hansen, from Centennial, is 3-1 while playing No. 1 singles for the George Washington tennis team. She also has a 3-1 record in doubles.
— Sophomore Scott Woodard, from Unity, has had top-10 finishes in both of his cross-country races for SIU-Edwardsville. He was eighth in his opener, running the 8-kilometer course in 26 minutes, 4.27 seconds. He was seventh in his next meet at 26:11.80.
— Freshman Lauren Cloyd, from Centennial, has started all eight matches in which she has played for Rutgers’ 4-12 volleyball team. She has a team-high .260 hitting efficiency, ranks fourth in kills (63) and is tied for fourth in blocks (32).
— Sophomore Baylee O’Donnell, from Mahomet-Seymour, has a team-high 146 digs for Benedictine-Springfield’s 13-5 volleyball team. Teammate Makenzie Hartman, a sophomore from Mahomet-Seymour, has a team-high 72 kills. Senior Rachel Cunningham, from Unity, has a team-high 55 blocks. Senior Jessica Spencer, from Unity, has a team-high eight aces.
— Sophomore Patrece McLain, from Rantoul, has a team-high 72 assists for Blackburn’s 0-8 volleyball team. Her total ranks 13th in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
— Senior Erin Wachtel, from St. Thomas More, is the team leader in assists (598) for Illinois Wesleyan’s 9-7 volleyball team. She ranks third among the Titans in digs (142), third in aces (22) and is tied for third in blocks (18).
— Sophomore Kelly Wachtel, from Centennial, was chosen to the all-tournament team at Northwestern’s Wildcat Classic on Sept. 22. She ranks third on Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis’ 6-11 volleyball team in kills (165) and is tied for third with 38 blocks. In a recent match against Miami (Ohio), Wachtel had 15 kills on 29 attempts, with no hitting errors.