STM's Baillon continues to make racket on state scene

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.

Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year: Danville's Mark Bacys

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."

Thursday's prep highlights: Baillon, Hansen stay alive

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.

Teams of the Week: Vikings tennis leads way

Teams of the Week



Bulletin board: Bulldogs set quick pace

Bulldogs set quick pace

MAHOMET — The state's fastest-moving boys' cross-country team has been Mahomet-Seymour. Unranked in the preseason by, coach Neal Garrison's squad climbed to third in last week's poll.

Baillon does it again

CHAMPAIGN — Madie Baillon is headed back to state. But this time, the St. Thomas More junior is packing more confidence than ever.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Centennial tops Danville in volleyball

In volleyball

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.

Athletes of the Week: Malone and Shah

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.

Chart toppers: Freshmen making an impact this fall

Today's topic:

Freshmen making an impact this fall, courtesy Tony Bleill

No. 1

Diamond Williams, Centennial soccer