Wednesday's highlights: Hayasaki sparks Central

In girls’ golf

Oct. 6 prep sports chat

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:30pm

A jam-packed schedule of Week 7 football showdowns await this weekend. Are there any state title contenders in our area? How did area golfers fare in regional action? Who is the area's boys' soccer team to beat? What about volleyball, cross country, girls' tennis and girls' swimming? Anything is fair game as preps coordinator Anthony Zilis handles your questions at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday's highlights: SJ-O tops Unity in volleyball

In volleyball
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 2, Unity 0. Kylie Michael had nine kills and eight digs, Kate Bigger had two blocks, Jannah Mullen had two aces and Andrea Coursey had 17 assists and eight digs to pace the Spartans to a 25-18, 25-19 sweep in an Okaw Valley Conference match played at St. Joseph.

On campus: Catching up with area standouts

■ Sophomore Anna Billman, from Urbana, has started 12 of 16 matches for the North Central volleyball team (11-5). The middle hitter/middle blocker is fifth in the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with a .280 hitting percentage and is second on the team with 110 kills and 33 blocks.

Athletes of the Week: A-O's Ulrey, Tuscola's Allen

Brody Ulrey
Argenta-Oreana football

Why he was chosen: The senior quarterback went 25 of 32 for 268 yards and five touchdown passes in rainy conditions during the Bombers’ 54-20 win at Cerro Gordo/Bement to help A-O secure a playoff berth for the first time since 2013.

Monday's highlights: Schlarman edges Danville in volleyball

In volleyball
■ Schlarman 2, Danville 1. The Hilltoppers (10-3) roared back from a one-set deficit to win at Danville, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23. Janie Gross slammed 12 kills, and Reagan Gifford had nine kills. Emily Christian distributed 24 assists. Danville’s Megan Burton had 11 kills.

Thursday's highlights: Cheek nets seven goals

In volleyball
Unity 2, Rantoul 0. Lauren Wendling delivered seven digs, Megan Foster smashed six kills and Abby Maxwell came up with 18 assists for the Rockets in a 25-19, 25-11 sweep. Bree Davis and Emily Schluter both had three kills for the Eagles.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Hebert leads Watseka golf

In volleyball

■ Tri-Valley 2, LeRoy 0. Senior Hallie Sammer had 10 assists for LeRoy (4-8), which dropped a 25-18, 25-17 decision in Downs. Tri-Valley is 20-1. Alicia Claunch had six kills and LeRoy teammate Maddi Qualls had six digs.

In boys’ golf

Athletes of the Week: Arcola's Miller, Centennial's Gonzalez

Clayton Miller
Arcola/ALAH golf

Why he was chosen: The senior guided the Purple Riders to the Little Okaw Valley Conference tournament title by earning runner-up honors with a 76. He also carded rounds of 36 and 31 in two different meet wins for Arcola/ALAH.

Tuesday's highlights: McFarland wins golf tourney

In volleyball

■ Bloomington 2, Central 1. Maranda Day had 12 digs, Rachel Hurt smashed seven kills and Taya Westfield and Rylee Hinton each had two blocks for the Maroons in their 25-12, 19-25, 25-19 road loss.

■ Danville 2, Urbana 1. Hannah Davenport and Jaida Barbee each had five kills for the host Tigers in a 23-25, 25-16, 25-21 loss.