CHAMPAIGN — Madie Baillon's singles record this season was 22-3.
It was the smaller number, though, that had the biggest impact on the larger number.
And there was one match, in particular, that showed just how far Baillon, St. Thomas More's standout junior, has advanced in her tennis career.
Why he won: The Vikings won the Big 12 Conference championship and later earned the sectional title while sending two doubles teams to the state tourney.
Season highlight: "Winning the conference championship and the first sectional title since 2003."
In girls' tennis
At Mount Prospect. Madie Baillon of St. Thomas More and Allison Hansen of Centennial won first-round singles matches at the rain-interrupted IHSA state tournament.
With weather preventing some matches from being completed, the IHSA announced on its website that the back draw has been canceled.
Bulldogs set quick pace
MAHOMET — The state's fastest-moving boys' cross-country team has been Mahomet-Seymour. Unranked in the preseason by dyestat.com, coach Neal Garrison's squad climbed to third in last week's poll.
CHAMPAIGN — Madie Baillon is headed back to state. But this time, the St. Thomas More junior is packing more confidence than ever.
At Danville. Centennial defeated the Vikings 25-23, 25-12 in a Big 12 match. Jordan Ogle had eight digs and a service ace for Danville.
At Decatur. Christie Stark's four kills and six digs lifted Urbana to a 25-15, 25-18 victory against Eisenhower.
J.J. Malone, Blue Ridge, Soccer, Senior
Recently: Scored five goals against Georgetown-Ridge Farm to break the area’s season record for goals and then added one more in a 1-1 tie against Fisher/GCMS. His career total of 159 (61 this year) has tied the all-time IHSA state record.