Cross Country

Cross Country

Zilis: State cross-country storylines

Urbana Uni High girls

If Uni coach Doug Mynatt needed to remind the Illineks girls’ cross-country team that every runner and every second matters when it comes to winning a state title, last Saturday’s Class 1A St. Teresa Sectional should have done the trick.

Athletes of the Week: Malik and Jones

Isandro Malik
Urbana Uni High soccer

Why he was chosen: The Illineks sophomore scored the game-winning goal in Uni’s super-sectional victory against Beecher, helping lead the team back to the state tournament for the second time in four years. He finished the season with nine goals and six assists.

Teams of the Week: Tuscola volleyball leads way

The Warriors swept Unity 25-21, 25-21 to claim their first regional title since 2008 and their second in the last 23 years. Courtney Brewer dished out 17 assists and notched five kills, and Nicole Lough tallied seven kills and six digs.

Nov. 5 prep sports chat

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 12:30pm

Will Jon Davis from Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac cap his high school running career with another Class 1A state title on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria? What's up with Champaign Central's football team scoring 80 points in the program's first playoff win since 1982? Is a state title run possible for the Maroons?

Rockets runners rise in battle of 1A powers

DECATUR — The Class 1A Decatur St. Teresa Sectional cross-country meet pitted seven of the state’s Top 10 boys’ teams in competition, meaning two of those teams wouldn’t make it to next week’s state meet.

But for Unity, Saturday’s race wasn’t even a contest.

Oakwood's Davis commits to UI, wins sectional

FITHIAN — Jon Davis planned to sleep in until about 7:30 before Saturday’s Class 1A Decatur St. Teresa Sectional, but he woke up around 6 a.m. and couldn’t fall back asleep.

So the two-time Class 1A state cross-country champion decided to think.

“I just said, ‘Well, I’m up,’ ” he said. “It was a good time to just sit there and reflect.”

Wieneke makes progress

URBANA — Two days after Gary Wieneke was admitted at Carle Foundation Hospital after having what’s been categorized as a stroke, the former Illinois and Unity High School cross-country and track coach was in good spirits, according to friend and colleague Dike Stirrett.

Area prep statistics: Boys' and girls' cross-country (Oct. 30)

(3-mile courses)

J. Davis, Oakwood    14:10
A. Keeble, Mahomet-Seymour    14:36
Warnes, Unity     14:44
Walmer, Mahomet-Seymour    14:55
Butcher, Mahomet-Seymour    15:05
Eisenmenger, Unity    15:06

Bulletin board: Central's Woods commits to Spartans

CHAMPAIGN — Team chemistry was important to Payton Woods when picking a college, even though the Champaign Central senior swimmer takes part in an individual sport.

In addition to Michigan State’s business school and the culture in East Lansing, Mich., that’s why Woods committed to swim for the Spartans last week.

Teams of the Week: Oakwood/A-P cross-country leads way

Oakwood/A-P Boys’ Cross-Country

After not fielding a full team last year, the Comets advanced to sectionals by finishing sixth at the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Regional. Senior Jon Davis won the meet, Lucas Vasquez was 34th and a trio of freshmen contributed.