CHAMPAIGN — It was a painful sight for Yoshi Hayasaki.
He didn’t know whether it was an issue with confidence that comes and goes during a given round of golf, a problem with technique or a mixture of both. But every time his daughter, Champaign Central junior Mia, approached a putt of 4 feet or less at the Class 2A state golf tournament last month, he grew nervous.
Why she’s Coach of the Year: The veteran golf coach guided a relatively young team to the Class 1A Normal Community Regional title with a score of 381. While the Sabers missed out on an expected state bid by 6 strokes, junior Kait Asklund and freshman Alaina Bowie made it individually, finishing 13th and 22nd, respectively, in 1A.
All-Area first team
Athlete Yr. School
Kait Asklund Jr. St. Thomas More
Alaina Bowie Fr. St. Thomas More
Mia Hayasaki Jr. Champaign Central
Name, School Rds Avg
Hayasaki, Central 27 39.6
Bowie, St. Thomas More 23 39.7
Aslkund, St. Thomas More 23 41.2
McFarland, Monticello 20 2.0
The Villa Grove/Heritage co-op is up for renewal in the spring, but both districts want different things from the co-op moving forward.
Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis said his district would like the co-op to be a full co-op and include volleyball, common colors and a common mascot.
BLOOMINGTON — Varun Chopra knows a golf state championship can’t be won on the first day of the tournament. Tied for the lead through one round last year, the Urbana Uni High standout and Illinois commit finished second.
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.