Prep pulse: August 27, 2018

Among the many pieces we dedicate to area high school sports is our Athlete of the Week feature, which began last Wednesday with Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys' golfer Connor Birky and Tuscola girls' golfer Claire Ring.

Saturday's prep highlights: Arcola football overwhelms South Beloit

In football

Arcola 42, South Beloit 0. Austin Hopkins rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries to lift the host Purple Riders (1-0), with Beau Jones throwing for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Pedro Guana added 86 rushing yards and a TD.

In volleyball

Crosstown Classic

Thursday's prep highlights: Centennial volleyball wins opener

In volleyball

Cissna Park Tip-Off Tournament

Watseka 2, Armstrong-Potomac 1. Watseka rebounded after losing the first set to beat A-P 25-27, 25-20, 15-6. Kennedy Bauer put up a double-double for the Warriors (3-0) with 10 kills and 10 assists. Sarah Porter had 13 kills and 30 digs for the Trojans (2-1).

HS Girls Tennis: Urbana vs. Paris

Urbana vs. Paris in a prep tennis match at Blair Park in Urbana on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Trame, Brandon spark STM volleyball

In volleyball

Cissna Park Tip-Off Tournament

Milford 2, Momence 0. Milford won the night's opening match of with a 25-20, 25-19 victory for the Bearcats' first win of the season.

Monday's prep highlights: SJ-O soccer wins on big second half

In volleyball

Cissna Park Tip-Off Tourney

At Watseka

Armstrong-Potomac 2, Momence 0. Sarah Porter filled the stat sheet with 10 kills, six digs and two aces as the Trojans blitzed the Redskins 25-16, 25-18 in pool play. Hope Hambleton added 16 assists in the success.

Faces of Fall 2018: Girls Tennis

Faces of

Ellis relives earliest memories of tennis, and where it's taken her

DANVILLE — Lauren Ellis can spend ample time telling you about her family's tennis roots.

How she grew up watching brother Tyler and sister Taylor, both of whom competed at Danville High School — where Lauren is now.

How she kept an eye on Tyler's two years hitting the courts for Olivet Nazarene.

Bacys has Danville's seal of approval

DANVILLE — For the last 11 years, B.J. Luke sat at the top tier of Danville High School sports.

That changed last week when Luke retired from his role as athletic director. It didn't take him long to espouse the new man in charge.

"He'll do a nice job for us," Luke said. "And he dresses better than I do."

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2017-18 school year

We're getting close to starting another school year, which means prep sports are on the horizon. When area golf teams are able to kick off their respective campaigns come Aug. 9, things officially will be in full swing.