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.

Welcome to state

Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis spotlights STM, Danville and Uni High.

CHAMPAIGN — Of all things, friendship might have saved Mia Stipes and Delaney Tressler's doubles partnership this season.

Prep Highlights: Maroons' rally falls short

In football

On Campus: Ex-area prep standouts

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area prep standouts now excelling in college

Prep Area girls' tennis leaders


(Minimum two matches)


Stella Green, St. Thomas More No. 6 2-0 1.000

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

Cece Strader, Danville No. 3 3-1 .750

Kayley Schacht, St. Thomas More No. 4 7-3 .700

Sophia Sobeski, St. Thomas More No. 5 7-3 .700

Prep Highlights: PBL beats Rantoul

In volleyball

Blue Ridge 2, Villa Grove 0. The host Knights recorded their 20th win of the season, the eighth straight season Blue Ridge has accomplished that feat, with a 25-9, 25-12 win. Jessie Wanserski led the Knights (20-7) with six kills. Avery Fisher (19 assists) and Becca Crook (six digs) also pitched in against the Blue Devils (5-14).

Oct. 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

Will a quarterback change spark the Illinois football team Saturday at Iowa? Is there anything else Lovie Smith and Co. can do to right the ship? On the high school side of things, which teams and players are the ones to watch with postseason play beginning to get underway? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which gets going at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Oct. 5 Prep sports chat

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:30pm

The golf postseason began this week. That just means the rest of the area fall sports are quickly approaching the big end of their seasons. Which teams (or individuals) are primed for the longest postseason run? Who might be surprise regional, sectional or even state champs? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis checks in at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.