Generally, I don't wait until the last minute to do things. I arrive early for the games I cover. I finish my stories before the copy editors yell to wrap it up. I mail Christmas cards within a week of Thanksgiving.
Clearly, however, there are exceptions. I haven't yet submitted my "2010 wish list" to Santa.
This is one deadline I will barely make.
CHAMPAIGN – There's a fine line between passion and obsession.
While some kids immersed in high-level youth tennis can get consumed by the atmosphere created by adults, St. Thomas More's Madie Baillon and her parents, Ernie and Beth, seem to have struck the perfect balance.
Zeke Elkins, St. Joseph-Ogden, junior, Cross-country
Recently: Won the regional race at Kickapoo with the fifth-fastest time by a Spartan on the course (15 minutes, 58 seconds).
I need concert tickets to ... Hawthorne Heights.
I'm dying to see ... "Skyline."
I'm always texting ... my dad.
MOUNT PROSPECT – St. Thomas More's Madie Baillon bowed out of the state tournament Friday, losing 6-1, 6-2 in consolation singles to Lisle's Cassie Kovach.
Baillon, a sophomore, finished 3-2 at state.
JJ Malone, Blue Ridge, Senior, Soccer
Recently: Area scoring leader had three goals in two postseason matches to inch closer to becoming the third area athlete in history with 50 goals in one season.
I need concert tickets to ... Blink 182.
I'm dying to see ... "Red."
I'm always texting ... Madison Cooper.
URBANA – During the regular season, Champaign Central's girls' tennis team was handily beaten in dual matches by the best squads the area has to offer.
None of that mattered at Saturday's Urbana Sectional. The Maroons used their strength in doubles to capture the team championship that surprised even themselves.
Marcus Jackson, Jim Rossow, and Fred Kroner talk area high school football, cross country, golf and other sports.
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– JOHN TABB had two goals and four assists for top-seeded St. Thomas More in an 8-1 victory against Georgetown-Ridge Farm at the Class 1A Schlarman Regional in Danville. ZACH SHIN scored three times and added an assist for the Sabers. RYAN HOWARD scored for G-RF.
Today's topic: Best area girls' tennis tandems, courtesy Tony Bleill
Allison Hansen & Maria Mears
Athletes of the Week
Recently: Scored four goals in two matches – breaking the single-season school record – while leading the Tigers to the Big 12 title
I need concert tickets to ... Lil Wayne