Prep pulse: March 18, 2019

The spring sports season is officially under way.

Baseball, softball, girls' soccer and boys' tennis events were contested last week through iffy weather, joining the already-ongoing indoor track and field scene.

That means there are some things to discuss pertaining to the conclusion of winter prep athletics and the start of the spring campaign.

Prep pulse: Dec. 24, 2018

Overshadowed by recent news of IHSA football going to a district scheduling format was a report just a short time earlier that affects many other high school sports.

Last Monday, the IHSA released enrollment classifications for fall sports during the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 school years. This is the first piece of the IHSA's new two-year classification format.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 27, 2018

LARUEN ELLIS has made the pages of The News-Gazette as a student and an athlete.

Profiled as our 2018 All-Area Girls' Tennis Player of the Year just last week, Ellis has also been writing weekly for our "High School Confidential" series since September, cleverly informing readers of all the good things happening at Danville High School.

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

Chikako Barnes, Sr.

2018 All-Area girls' tennis teams

All-Area First Team



Chikako Barnes Sr. Champaign Central

Lauren Ellis Sr. Danville

Erin Houpt So. Danville

Gurveena Singh Fr. Centennial

Erin Wright Sr. Urbana

Angela Xu Jr. Centennial



Justice Hardin Jr. Centennial

2018 N-G girls' tennis Coach of the Year: Danville's Mark Bacys

Coach of the Year | Danville's Mark Bacys

Final area girls' tennis leaders: Nov. 21, 2018


(Minimum two matches)


Lily Hall, Urbana 3-0 1.000

Lauren Ellis, Danville 31-6 .838

Aviv Sagiv, Centennial 18-4 .818

Emma Towne, Danville 16-5 .762

Zoe Doehring, Mahomet-Seymour 3-1 .750

Gurveena Singh, Centennial 26-9 .743

Erin Houpt, Danville 20-8 .714

Vikings star Ellis leaves mark with her play, by helping others

DANVILLE — Lauren Ellis could have spent last Wednesday relaxing at home. Hanging out with friends. Catching up on schoolwork.

All would be understandable choices for the Danville senior and recent Eastern Illinois women's tennis signee.

Instead, she blocked off some time for the area's youth. The even-younger youth, that is.

Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at

Thursday's prep highlights: Ellis stays alive in consolation bracket

In girls' tennis

Class 2A state tournament