N-G All-Area Girls' Tennis POY: Centennial's Madison Scaggs and Victoria Gonzalez

CHAMPAIGN — The first meeting at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza was awkward, as would be expected.

Victoria Gonzalez, who had just moved to Champaign from Bolivia, and Madison Scaggs are both reserved upon first meeting someone, although they generally become more outgoing over time.

“I think I was more shy than she was,” Scaggs said.

Future of Villa Grove/Heritage co-op murky

The Villa Grove/Heritage co-op is up for renewal in the spring, but both districts want different things from the co-op moving forward.

Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis said his district would like the co-op to be a full co-op and include volleyball, common colors and a common mascot.

On campus: Neitzel, Pridemore in spotlight

■ Freshman Lauren Neitzel, from Centennial, was named the Newcomer of the Year and to the six-person All-CCIW first team for her performance at the conference championships. Playing at No. 1 singles for Illinois Wesleyan, Neitzel took home third place, as well as taking fourth place at No. 1 doubles. She finished the fall season with a 12-8 record in singles.

Athletes of the Week: Oakwood's Bolton, Urbana's Rosenstein

Skylar Bolton
Oakwood football

Why he was chosen: The junior rushed for 186 yards on 38 carries and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the final minute, during the Comets’ 26-24 win against Salt Fork that clinched Oakwood’s first playoff berth since 2010. Oakwood (5-4) travels to Freeport Aquin (8-1) for a Class 1A first-round playoff game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Area prep statistics: Girls' tennis (Oct. 25)

(Minimum two matches)

Madison Scaggs, Centennial    No. 2    17-1    .944
Victoria Gonzalez, Centennial    No. 1    16-1    .941

Uni High's Huang strong early in state tennis tourney

BUFFALO GROVE — Urbana Uni High girls’ tennis coach David Bergandine said Lindsay Huang earning a top-16 seed for the IHSA tournament offered her a little bit of protection in the event’s first day.

Based on how Huang played Thursday, she may not have needed it.

Area well-represented at girls' state tennis

BUFFALO GROVE — Danville girls’ tennis hadn’t produced a singles sectional champion since 2000.

Lauren Ellis changed that part of history last weekend when the Vikings sophomore completed a perfect run through the Class 2A Centennial Sectional.

Oct. 20 prep sports chat

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 12:30pm

What area high school football teams are already in the playoffs? What ones need wins this Friday night? Will Urbana or Champaign Central boys' soccer win a regional title on Saturday? What cross country teams are capable of making some noise this postseason? How good is Urbana Uni High swimmer Ema Rajic? Nothing is off limits as preps coordinator Anthony Zilis chats at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Athletes of the Week: William Powell and Faith Houston

William Powell

Danville cross-country

Area prep statistics: Girls' tennis (Oct. 18)

(Minimum two matches)

Lindsay Huang, Uni High    No. 1    4-0    1.000
Madison Scaggs, Centennial    No. 2    17-1    .944