What area high school football teams are already in the playoffs? What ones need wins this Friday night? Will Urbana or Champaign Central boys' soccer win a regional title on Saturday? What cross country teams are capable of making some noise this postseason? How good is Urbana Uni High swimmer Ema Rajic? Nothing is off limits as preps coordinator Anthony Zilis chats at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.
In girls’ swimming
■ At Champaign. River Jones and Natalie Stumph finished one-two in the 200-yard individual medley, with Jones clocking in at 2 minutes, 22 seconds and Stumph finishing in 2:31 to lead Champaign Central to a win at the five-school Twin City Meet at Unit 4 Pool.
Central compiled 505 points, with runner-up Urbana Uni High recording 360.
■ Sophomore Dalton James, from Villa Grove/Heritage, was named the Midwest Conference Football Performer of the Week for Special Teams after a record-setting performance in Knox College’s 35-28 loss to Illinois College. James set the all-time program record with 109 punt-return yards, including a 92-yard touchdown return that is the second longest in school history.
ST. JOSEPH — In years past, Justin Phillips would have darted to the front at the beginning of a race like the Patriot Invite last weekend at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
■ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2, Iroquois West 0. Kalista Klann had 23 assists, Katelyn Crabb had 12 digs and Katelyn Riffle had eight kills for PBL, which won in Gilman, 25-9, 25-13. Kelsey Vaughn added six kills to go with nine digs.
NORMAL — Senior Gabe Pommier stepped up and stepped out front for Mahomet-Seymour’s cross-country team in Thursday’s Corn Belt Conference meet at Fairview Park.
He had plenty of company.
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.