Prep pulse: July 9, 2018

Though it's early July, the number of high school sports that aren't far from kicking off the 2018-19 school year would make one's mind spin.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review


1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.

2018 boys' tennis All-Area teams

All-Area first team

Wade Baillon So. St. Thomas More

Zach Donnini Fr. Uni High

Bill Layton Fr. Urbana

Bradlee Sexton Sr. Danville

Krishna Subbiah Jr. Uni High

Ryan Vadeboncouer Sr. Danville

All-Area second team

Sam Arend Sr. Urbana

Van Gundersen Sr. Uni High

Sam Li Jr. Uni High

2018 N-G boys' tennis Coach of the Year: Uni High's David Bergandine

Coach of the Year | Uni High's David Bergandine

In a family of standouts, Sabers' Baillon is rising above the rest

CHAMPAIGN — Wade Baillon knows whom the winner would be.

The question: If the rising junior at St. Thomas More took to the tennis court with his father, Ernie, and older sister, Madie, which Baillon would collect the most victories?

Meet the first team | 2018 N-G All-Area boys' tennis

Wade Baillon | St. Thomas More, So.

2018 N-G All-Area Boys' Tennis Team

A photo collection of The News-Gazette's 14th annual Boys' Tennis All-Area First Team.

Aerial view of soon-to-be-renovated Spalding Park

Take an aerial tour of Spalding Park, which is in the plans to become the new site for Champaign Central's baseball and tennis programs.

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: May 28, 2018

Preps coordinator Colin Likas returns with Best of the Bunch, highlighting athletes from St. Joseph-Ogden, Urbana, Mahomet-Seymour, Ridgeview/Lexington, Tuscola, Salt Fork, Argenta-Oreana, Uni High, LeRoy, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin and St. Thomas More.