MAHOMET — Mike Small watched Thomas Pieters, one of his former Illinois golfers, compete at the Ryder Cup representing Europe this past weekend.
The high-charged and intense atmosphere the Illinois men’s golf coach saw permeate Hazeltine National Golf Club in suburban Minneapolis was in stark contrast to what he witnessed a few days later.
■ Schlarman 2, Danville 1. The Hilltoppers (10-3) roared back from a one-set deficit to win at Danville, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23. Janie Gross slammed 12 kills, and Reagan Gifford had nine kills. Emily Christian distributed 24 assists. Danville’s Megan Burton had 11 kills.
RANK, TEAM PREV. POSTSEASON START COMMENT
1. Champaign Central 2 Class 2A Bloomington Regional The area’s most balanced lineup leads all local teams in average score.
LOVC Tournament, Northwest Division
Name, School Rds Avg.
Chopra, University High 12 35.1
C. Miller, Arcola 14 35.3
Ellis, Sullivan 14 37.1
Kafer, Prairie Central 9 38.2
■ Unity 2, Rantoul 0. Lauren Wendling delivered seven digs, Megan Foster smashed six kills and Abby Maxwell came up with 18 assists for the Rockets in a 25-19, 25-11 sweep. Bree Davis and Emily Schluter both had three kills for the Eagles.
■ Tri-Valley 2, LeRoy 0. Senior Hallie Sammer had 10 assists for LeRoy (4-8), which dropped a 25-18, 25-17 decision in Downs. Tri-Valley is 20-1. Alicia Claunch had six kills and LeRoy teammate Maddi Qualls had six digs.
In boys’ golf
Why he was chosen: The senior guided the Purple Riders to the Little Okaw Valley Conference tournament title by earning runner-up honors with a 76. He also carded rounds of 36 and 31 in two different meet wins for Arcola/ALAH.
Sabers up for challenge
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More girls’ golf coach Pat Hettermann doesn’t have any problem motivating her athletes.
Instead, she actually has to force almost her entire team to leave the course when they finish practice at 5:30 p.m., when they’d rather stay out on the golf course.