Tennis

Tennis

Tuesday's prep highlights: Centennial tennis cruises

In girls’ tennis

■ At Urbana. Host St. Thomas More dropped a 5-4 decision to Normal West at Atkins Tennis Center, despite singles wins from Mia Stipes and Kayley Schacht. The Sabers got doubles wins from the teams of Delaney Tressler/Emma Powell and Maddie King/Emma Blomberg.

HS Girls Tennis: Centennial vs. Bloomington

Centennial vs. Bloomington in a prep tennis match at Lindsey Tennis Courts in Champaign on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

Aug. 27 prep sports chat

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:30pm

Week 1 of the high school football season is almost here. What game is new prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis headed to this Friday? When does The News-Gazette's high school football special section come out? What other fall sports storylines is he watching? Ask Zilis all this and more in his weekly chat, which gets underway at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Must-see fall events (preps and Illini)

PREPS

Aug. 20 prep sports chat

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 12:30pm

Anthony Zilis has made the rounds at several area high school football practices so far. What is catching his eye a little more than a week before the season starts? What about other fall sports? Ask and our prep sports coordinator will deliver with an answer during his weekly chat at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.

Best of Fred: Final memory — What's in a name?

From the moment editor Jim Rossow first mentioned the idea of weekly memories during my final year on the sports staff, I knew the last one would be a no-brainer.

This is the last one.

For a few fleeting seconds, I actually gave thought to posting memories in a sequential order of significance. That was an impossible task.

Aug. 6 prep sports chat

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 12:30pm

Anthony Zilis is on board at The News-Gazette. So that means our new prep sports coordinator is ready to chat. What fall sports teams appear loaded? Will any state titles emerge from the area in the next few months? What football team is the best in the area? Ask away, and Zilis will deliver. Feel free to submit questions early and often in his weekly chat, which gets rolling at 12:30 p.m.

Top of the morning, Aug. 2, 2015

Anthony Zilis spent his freshman year at the University of Illinois rooting on Ron Zook's Rose Bowl team.

"I was spoiled at that point," he said. "I thought the next year they'd win the national championship."

Best of Fred: No. 1A: Not enough time

Here are a few that deserve more than a cursory glance but won’t get it:

— I’ve never seen a wrestler like Mahomet-Seymour’s Rob Porter. Before he became a state champion for the Bulldogs (105 pounds in 1984), he endured a freshman season in which he couldn’t get on the mat.

Best of Fred: No. 1 — Another kind of writing

I always thought I’d write a book or two. The feeling was based on the naivety of youthfulness.