Prep insider: Tuscola center returns
TUSCOLA – Jack Leonard returned to the Tuscola lineup at center for last week's homecoming game against Warrensburg-Latham. He fills a vital role.
"Center in our offense is so important," coach Rick Reinhart said, "snapping shotgun and regular. He had a very good outing."
Leonard, a 220-pound junior, played about half the game and should be available for more time this week when the Warriors play Central A&M in Moweaqua.
"In this conference, every week is big," Reinhart said. "It's going to be a tough chore, but our kids are pretty focused."
GCMS teams match records
GIBSON CITY – The varsity and junior varsity football squads at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley have 4-1 records. The JV achieved that mark Monday, rallying from a 14-point deficit to win in overtime at Ridgeview.
Varsity coach Mike Allen cautions not to read too much into the JV mark.
"Sometimes teams have sophomores up with the varsity," he said.
His varsity has regrouped after a Week 2 loss to Lexington and posted three successive wins, piling up 100 points in the streak.
"If you take a loss and learn from it, it's not a bad thing," Allen said. "We learned a lot and made some adjustments in our personnel."
Postseason has arrived
Boys' golf regionals will take place Tuesday. In Class 1A, most area schools will be at either Railside in Gibson City or Urbana Country Club, though some also will participate at El Paso or Windsor.
The competition at UCC will feature the four area small-school players with the best nine-hole averages: Salt Fork teammates David Keenan and Mat Bowen and St. Thomas More teammates Nathan Khachaturian and Ben Dodds.
Those four sites feed into a sectional hosted by Bismarck-Henning on Oct. 12 at Danville's Harrison Park.
In Class 2A, Centennial, Champaign Central and Urbana were assigned to the regional at Mattoon Country Club, while Danville and Rantoul will be among the entries at Mahomet-Seymour's regional, hosted at Lake of the Woods. M-S has the area athlete with the best nine-hole average, Seth Trolia (37.1).
Qualifiers will advance to the Lincoln Sectional Oct. 10. To advance, teams must place first or second or individuals must be among the top eight not on qualifying teams. The regional and sectional tournaments will each be 18 holes.
Girls set for golf regionals
Area schools will be scattered among sites at Dwight, Watseka and Windsor for the girls' Class 1A regionals, which will be played a week from today. At stake will be berths in the Oct. 12 sectional at Stone Creek Golf Club.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's Emily Spangler will be one of the favorites to advance at Dwight. St. Thomas More's contingent at Windsor will be led by underclassmen Megan Deedrich and Kelsey Gallivan.
In Class 2A, the path to state for competitors at Centennial, Central, Mahomet-Seymour and Urbana will go through a regional in Effingham and a sectional in Belleville. The area leader is Centennial's Lizzy Dombroski (41.1), who tied for fourth in Monday's Big 12 Conference meet.
Schools that finish first, second or third at regionals will advance, as will the next eight individuals not members of teams that qualify.
Records playing at Watseka
WATSEKA – Two Watseka athletes already have shattered single-season volleyball school records. Setter Kloie McCann surpassed the 500 mark in assists (now at 510) to break that mark, and Katie Cowan's 17 kills Monday against Donovan raised her total to a record 223. McCann reached her record in the title match of Watseka's invitational Saturday.
Coach Krista Pufahl's team is 19-4 and needs four more wins to establish a single-season total. The team will try to reach the 20-win mark Thursday at St. Joseph-Ogden.