Why he was chosen: The Tigers senior had a round to remember at the Class 2A Bloomington Regional, carding a 75 at Prairie Vista Golf Course to win medalist honors.
The area prep sports scene is about to be knee deep in postseason action. State golf is this weekend, and there might be several area golfers contending for all-state honors or an outright state title. Then there's girls' tennis, boys' soccer, cross country and volleyball. Of course, there's also two weeks left in the regular season for football.
WATSEKA — Monticello is giving boys’ golf coach Chris Townsend its best at the end. Not only is the high school season within four days of its finish, but the veteran Townsend is retiring after 33 years in coaching, including 25 with golf.
His Sages gave him a farewell present Monday, capturing the first Class 1A sectional championship in school history at Shewami Country Club.
A look at the 94 boys and 46 girls with area connections who will tee it up Monday and Tuesday (if noted) in golf sectional action:
At Lick Creek Golf Course, Pekin
Name, School Rds Avg.
Chopra, University High 16 35.0
C. Miller, Arcola 16 35.4
Ellis, Sullivan 14 37.1
Kafer, Prairie Central 9 38.2
Champaign Central and Monticello will add to their school’s respective athletic Hall of Fame classes later this month.
First up is Monticello, where the Sages will induct three individuals on Friday night as part of the school’s homecoming festivities. The Sages (6-0) host St. Thomas More (5-1) at 7 p.m. in a key Okaw Valley Conference game.
COAL VALLEY — Danville advanced two boys’ golfers to the Class 3A Pekin Sectional after their efforts on Tuesday at Oakwood Country Club as part of the 3A Moline Regional.
A jam-packed schedule of Week 7 football showdowns await this weekend. Are there any state title contenders in our area? How did area golfers fare in regional action? Who is the area's boys' soccer team to beat? What about volleyball, cross country, girls' tennis and girls' swimming? Anything is fair game as preps coordinator Anthony Zilis handles your questions at 12:30 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON — The Champaign Central boys’ golf team wants to return to McLean County next weekend for the Class 2A state tournament.
Play like the Maroons did on Tuesday during the 2A Bloomington Regional at Prairie Vista Golf Course and they just might. Central won a regional title by shooting 318, 6 shots ahead of runner-up Bloomington Central Catholic.