Prep Highlights: PBL beats Rantoul

In volleyball

Blue Ridge 2, Villa Grove 0. The host Knights recorded their 20th win of the season, the eighth straight season Blue Ridge has accomplished that feat, with a 25-9, 25-12 win. Jessie Wanserski led the Knights (20-7) with six kills. Avery Fisher (19 assists) and Becca Crook (six digs) also pitched in against the Blue Devils (5-14).

Oct. 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

Will a quarterback change spark the Illinois football team Saturday at Iowa? Is there anything else Lovie Smith and Co. can do to right the ship? On the high school side of things, which teams and players are the ones to watch with postseason play beginning to get underway? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which gets going at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Oct. 5 Prep sports chat

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:30pm

The golf postseason began this week. That just means the rest of the area fall sports are quickly approaching the big end of their seasons. Which teams (or individuals) are primed for the longest postseason run? Who might be surprise regional, sectional or even state champs? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis checks in at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Prep highlights: Wessels leads Timberwolves

In volleyball

Arthur Okaw Christian 2, Normal Calvary 0.Lillian Messmore paced the Conquering Riders with 14 kills in AOC's 25-13, 30-28 home win. Katie Brandt added eight digs for AOC.

Area prep girl's tennis stats


(Minimum two matches)


Stella Green, St. Thomas More No. 6 2-0 1.000

Madison Scaggs, Centennial No. 1 17-1 .944

Cece Strader, Danville No. 3 3-1 .750

Kayley Schacht, St. Thomas More No. 4 7-3 .700

Sophia Sobeski, St. Thomas More No. 5 7-3 .700

Prep Highlights: Central holds on against Urbana

In football

Champaign Central 35, Urbana 34. The visiting Maroons picked the right time to collect their second win of the season.

Prep Highlights: STM volleyball wins 11th straight

In volleyball

Armstrong-Potomac 2, Chrisman 0. Sarah Porter (nine kills), Maddie Buhr (five kills) and Tessa van Ostrand (12 digs) paved the way for A-P (12-6) to win 25-10, 25-10 at Chrisman (0-10).

Prep highlights: Central girls’ tennis blanks GCMS

In boys' golf

At Mattoon. Cody Richardson shot a 45 and Logan Richardson had a 46 to lead Tri-County to second place in a four-school tourney at Mattoon County Club. Mattoon beat Tri-County, Shelbyville and Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg 185-199-205-239.

Sept. 28 prep sports chat

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:30pm

A huge Week 6 football showdown awaits when Monticello and Unity duke it out this Friday night at Hicks Field in Tolono. Who wins between the two Illini Prairie Conference powers? What other area football teams could make a run to DeKalb later this season? How many area teams will make the playoffs? What other fall sports are worth monitoring?

Prep Highlights from Monday

In volleyball

Monticello 2, Clinton 0.Addison Wichus racked up 22 digs and Zanna Myers had five kills and 16 digs for the Sages in a 26-24, 25-20 win. Nicki Sheafe had seven kills for the Sages. Madi Filkin picked up 10 kills, two aces, 11 digs and six assists for Clinton.