NAME SCHOOL YR.
Taylor Ellis Danville Sr.
Lindsay Huang Uni High Fr.
Rebecca Lewis Danville Sr.
Lauren Neitzel Centennial Jr.
Why she’s Coach of the Year: Guided the Chargers to their first sectional title since winning two in a row in 2007 and 2008 and sent six players to the state tournament — Lauren Neitzel and Madison Scaggs in singles play and the doubles teams of Teresa Boerma and Sophie Kim and Jasmine Lee and Jacklyn Gunn.
CHAMPAIGN — Lauren Neitzel made the switch from playing tennis and golf as her primary sports to just tennis when she was in sixth grade.
The reason? Frustration.
As in golf was infinitely more frustrating than tennis. A single poor shot on the golf course tended to ruin her round. The immediacy of the next point in tennis alleviated those same frustrations.
Change is inevitable.
Some of us embrace it. Some resist it.
The only certainty is that it’s coming, often in ways we cannot currently even imagine.
The newspaper business is no exception.
We used to write stories on a typewriter, and a composing room person would set the words in type.
In girls’ tennis
■ Danville’s Taylor Ellis and Rebecca Lewis are the only local competitors still in contention at the state tournament, which began Thursday. The double team played in four matches on the opening day.
The Viking girls opened play by humbling Shelby Holst and Ashley West of Salem, 6-3, 6-3.
MAHOMET — Despite suffering a back injury in the regional quarterfinals, Mahomet-Seymour’s Sara Rice qualified for state in singles and will be her school’s first representative at state.
Have questions about the area high school scene? Ask anytime and Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner will answer them during his Thursday chat at 12:30 p.m.
In boys’ golf
■ At Normal. Centennial shot a 629 to finish fourth at the IHSA Class 2A state championship. The Chargers were led by Mike Braverman and Christian Khachaturian who both shot 154 over two rounds, good enough for a tie for 14th individually. Isaac Overman shot a 157 for 25th individually.
The postseason for girls’ tennis is unlike the format used throughout the regular season.
At tournament time, schools must pick two players to participate in singles and four others to form two doubles teams.
In boys’ soccer
■ Bismarck-Henning 4, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 0. Blake Reifsteck scored two goals, and Josh Toler and Drake Swinford each had one as the Blue Devils won a regional semifinal match at Schlarman. The Blue Devils (13-5-1) advanced to the finals at 11 a.m. Saturday.