In boys’ golf
■ At Champaign. Centennial shot 319 as a team — paced by Christian Khachaturian’s 77 — to win the Champaign County Invitational at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club. Urbana Uni High’s Varun Chopra earned medalist honors with a 76.
Several area boys’ golf teams have designs on an extended season. Staff writer Scott Richey takes a closer look at five of those squads:
SAVOY— A pair of Centennial golfers had top-10 finishes to help the Chargers place third at the 18-team Champaign Central Invite at the UI Orange Course.
Christian Khachaturian and Isaac Overman each carded a 76 to pace the Chargers, who finished with a 311.
In girls’ tennis
■ At Champaign. Centennial made quick work of Normal West in a 9-0 victory. The Chargers won all nine matches in straight sets and didn’t drop a game in four of the matches.
■ SJ-O 2, Oakwood 0. St. Joseph-Ogden received 15 assists from Karlie Baker and four kills from Alyssa Beals in its 25-23, 25-8 victory against Oakwood.
Marissa McElroy posted six aces and two blocks in the victory. Kylie Michael added three kills, and Rachel Mullen contributed six digs.
In girls’ golf
■ At Champaign. Freshman Mia Hayasaki got her high school career started on a good note, earning medalist honors in Central’s close win against Bloomington at the U of I Blue Course.
■ Watseka 2, Hoopeston Area 0. Watseka defeated Hoopeston Area 25-13, 25-18. Lexi Shoemaker and Emily Allhands had seven kills apiece for the Warriors at the Cissna Park Classic. Taylor Bauer had four kills and eight digs. Maddie Pfingsten had 17 assists.
Retiring executive sports editor Fred Kroner has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he'll share his best stories. This week:
What does the addition of the four Peoria schools mean for the Big 12?
The 11-member conference (for all sports except football) is as close to 12 as at any time in the past two decades.
In some sports, the additions will raise the league’s prestige.