St. Thomas More 2, Urbana 0. The Sabers outbattled visiting Urbana 25-18, 25-20 behind Lexi Wallen's nine kills and Katie Kulas' five service aces and five kills. Alayana Jackson had five kills and three blocks for the Tigers, who received seven kills from Kelsea Bishop.
Bloomington 2, STM 1. Lexi Wallen had 18 kills and 14 digs for visiting St. Thomas More in a 23-25, 25-18, 25-11 loss. Hannah Murray contributed 20 assists and 12 digs for the Sabers.
What a school year! State championship teams, state championship individuals, top-ranked teams. Underclassmen who have already committed to Division I universities. Athletes who are being wooed by Division I coaches. Some memories are still vivid in our minds. Some had almost been forgotten.
Last year, schools such as Clinton, Danville, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, St. Thomas More and Tuscola were among the ones upset with the IHSA's postseason assignments, which are based on enrollments.
This year, Danville and Monticello are among the ones unhappy with how the enrollment breaks worked out.
MONTICELLO — The Okaw Valley Conference will start its 87th year of competition in August.
It won't be the last year for the venerable league, but it likely will be the next-to-last in its current 12-school setup.
Coach of the year: Scott Davis, Champaign Central
CHAMPAIGN — If this tennis thing doesn't work out, Sunny Singh might have a future in software design.
Or making cell phone applications. Or designing video games. He might even become a doctor.
Put simply, the kid's got options.
Earlier this year, the Centennial freshman started a YouTube page under the alias "SunnyChopper" where he performs a comedy routine.
NAME SCHOOL YR.
Austin Aten Champaign Central So.
Tyler Ellis Danville Jr.
Brian Fallon St. Thomas More Sr.
Matthew Kidwell Danville Sr.
Akshay Krishnamani Centennial Sr.
Alex Mestre Urbana Uni High Jr.
Gabe Mitchell Champaign Central So.
Yanis Mokraoui Danville Sr.
Logan Nelson Danville So.
DANVILLE — Saturday was "a pretty nice day to be a Warrior," Tuscola baseball coach Duff Hoel said.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The Urbana Uni High doubles team of Alex Mestre and Edo Roth advanced to the quarterfinals of the IHSA state tourney Friday before finally losing.
It took the top-seeded duo to end their winning ways. It took a tiebreaker to decide the first set, too, as the Illineks tandem refused to go down without a fight.