Champaign school board OKs plans for Spalding Park renovations

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 is on its way to getting new baseball fields and tennis courts at Spalding Park.

On Monday night, the Champaign school board unanimously approved schematic designs for practice and competition fields, to be used by the Central High and Franklin Middle School teams, as well as additional tennis courts and a support building.

11 local schools to leave LOVC; new conference anticipated

After a week’s worth of speculation, as well as submissions of withdrawal from two local schools, 13 other institutions have opted to leave the Little Okaw Valley Conference after the 2018-19 academic year.

Villa Grove, Heritage plan to leave LOVC; more departures expected

In its fourth academic year, the two-division Little Okaw Valley Conference is facing major change. At least two schools in the 18-institution league have filed for withdrawal, and more notifications could be on the way.

2017 final girls' tennis stats



Madison Scaggs, Centennial No. 1 21-1 .955

Lindsay Huang, Urbana Uni No. 1 8-2 .800

Stella Green, St. Thomas More No. 6 4-1 .800

Sophia Sobeski, St. Thomas More No. 5 8-3 .727

Lauren Ellis, Danville No. 1 26-10 .722

Sabrina Hantz, Danville No. 6 12-5 .706

2017 News-Gazette All-Area girls' tennis teams

All-Area First Team


Lauren Ellis Danville Jr.

Lindsay Huang Uni High Sr.

Grace Qiu Uni High Sr.

Madison Scaggs Centennial Sr.

Mia Stipes St. Thomas More Sr.

Caroline Waddell St. Thomas More Sr.

All-Area Second Team


Previous N-G girls' tennis Players of the Year

N-G Players of the Year


2017 Lindsay Huang Uni High

2016 Madison Scaggs Centennial; Victoria Gonzalez Centennial

2015 Lauren Neitzel Centennial

2014 Lauren Neitzel Centennial

2013 Rachel Lewis Danville

2012 Allison Hansen Centennial

2011 Madie Baillon St. Thomas More

Coach of the Year: St. Thomas More's Jim Tressler

Why he's coach of the year: The Sabers won their first-ever sectional title as a team and advanced two doubles teams and an individual to the Class 1A state meet, where the doubles teams combined for six wins.

Season Highlight: "Winning the team sectional championship for the first time in the history of the St. Thomas More program."

Huang's game not for faint of heart

URBANA — The aura at the hotel in suburban Chicago was unlike any Lindsay Huang had ever experienced.

Prep highlights: GCMS finishes undefeated

In football

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 53, Heyworth 0.GCMS showcased the talent behind its perfect regular season in the Falcons' Heart of Illinois Small win.

Prep Highlights: Class 1A girls' tennis at state

In girls' tennis

At State

Class 1A. Uni High's Lindsay Huang won both of her matches on Thursday, headlining the area's five second-day qualifiers. Teammate Grace Qiu nearly did the same, losing narrowly in the second round before rebounding to advance in the consolation bracket.