Vikings star Ellis leaves mark with her play, by helping others

DANVILLE — Lauren Ellis could have spent last Wednesday relaxing at home. Hanging out with friends. Catching up on schoolwork.

All would be understandable choices for the Danville senior and recent Eastern Illinois women's tennis signee.

Instead, she blocked off some time for the area's youth. The even-younger youth, that is.

2018 N-G girls' tennis Coach of the Year: Danville's Mark Bacys

Coach of the Year | Danville's Mark Bacys

Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at

Thursday's prep highlights: Ellis stays alive in consolation bracket

In girls' tennis

Class 2A state tournament

STM duo adds to family legacy in tennis

CHAMPAIGN — Schacht and Mills. It's the representation for St. Thomas More girls' tennis at this week's Class 1A state tournament.

Longtime area fans of the sport might find those names familiar.

And for good reason: Schacht and Mills donned the Champaign Central maroon and white in the 1987 boys' tennis state showcase.

Athletes of the Week: Erin Houpt and Alex Higgs

This year, we're giving our weekly honorees the chance to show off their teammates. Nominate athletes to Colin Likas at

Area girls' tennis leaders: Oct. 15, 2018



Lily Hall, Urbana 3-0 1.000

Lauren Ellis, Danville 29-4 .879

Aviv Sagiv, Centennial 18-4 .818

Gurveena Singh, Centennial 26-7 .788

Erin Houpt, Danville 20-6 .769

Emma Towne, Danville 16-5 .762

Chikako Barnes, Champaign Central 9-3 .750

Zoe Doehring, Mahomet-Seymour 3-1 .750

Saturday's prep highlights: Danville, Centennial tennis win titles

Class 1A Oakwood Regional