Tennis

Tennis

Thursday's prep highlights: Chargers sweep in volleyball

In volleyball

■ Centennial 2, Normal U-High 0. Jaime Johnson had four kills, 17 assists and seven digs to pace the Chargers to a 25-21, 25-22 victory. Alivia Dew had five kills, and Devin Kyler contributed four kills.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Khachaturian lifts Chargers

In boys’ golf

■ At Champaign. Centennial shot 319 as a team — paced by Christian Khachaturian’s 77 — to win the Champaign County Invitational at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club. Urbana Uni High’s Varun Chopra earned medalist honors with a 76.

Saturday's prep highlights: Centennial cruises

In football
■ Centennial 62, Morton 12. Jimmy Fitzgerald was 12 of 17 for 238 yards and four touchdowns for the Chargers. The game was postponed in the first quarter Friday night tied at 6.

Thursday's prep highlights: Neitzel, Centennial cruise to win

In girls’ tennis
At Champaign. Centennial made quick work of Normal West in a 9-0 victory. The Chargers won all nine matches in straight sets and didn’t drop a game in four of the matches.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Hayasaki starts career right

In girls’ golf
At Champaign. Freshman Mia Hayasaki got her high school career started on a good note, earning medalist honors in Central’s close win against Bloomington at the U of I Blue Course.

Best of Fred: No. 50

Retiring executive sports editor Fred Kroner has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he'll share his best stories. This week:

Your questions, Kroner's answers

What does the addition of the four Peoria schools mean for the Big 12?

The 11-member conference (for all sports except football) is as close to 12 as at any time in the past two decades.

In some sports, the additions will raise the league’s prestige.

Kroner: One final ride

My mother’s words are soothing and haunting.

“Be careful what you wish for.”

It’s a phrase she said often. Usually, the comment would come about the second day of summer vacation when her only child mentioned how anxious he was for another school year to start. Life was boring in the country when the closest neighbor child lived a mile away.

PBL ponders Okaw Valley invitation

The invitation Paxton-Buckley-Loda athletic director John Overstreet was expecting came.

With the Okaw Valley Conference losing Maroa-Forsyth to the Sangamo Conference in two years, PBL was the target to fill that void, and Overstreet said PBL received the official invite Monday afternoon to join the conference for the 2016-17 school year.