Girls' tennis storylines: Big competition, high expectations

CHAMPAIGN — Having a seasoned veteran ahead of her in the pecking order has its benefits for Centennial sophomore and returning state qualifier Madison Scaggs

But she’s not the only one benefitting from the competition. All-Area player of the year Lauren Neitzel, coach Teri Scaggs said, is a better player because of her younger teammate and challenger.

2015 Faces of Fall: Girls Tennis

The News-Gazette presents the Faces of Fall 2015: High School Girls Tennis

Area prep statistics: Girls' tennis (Sept. 7)

(Minimum two matches)

Holly Arends, GCMS    No. 2    3-0    1.000
Jacklyn Gunn, Centenn.    No. 5    4-0    1.000

Saturday's prep highlights: Central, Tuscola post football wins

In football

■ Champaign Central 21, Dunlap 14. Central coach Nate Albaugh said he was miserable falling asleep Friday night, down 7-0 to Dunlap after nine minutes of a game that would be completed the following day.

Saturday’s night of sleep, presumably, was much better. Central scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to squeak out a win.

Friday's highlights: Danville boys' soccer secures victory

DANVILLE — Conor Butts carded a 2-over-par 74 to lead Champaign Central to fourth place Friday in the Danville Invitational at Turtle Run Golf Course.

Cole Hagan totaled 75 to help Centennial finish eighth. Hunter Keith tallied 75 for Bismarck-Henning, which took 10th.

Normal U-High was first at 299, and Normal Community and Normal West tied for second at 305.

Thursday's prep highlights: Mennig hits milestone

In volleyball

■ Urbana 2, Rantoul 0. Emily Schluter had five kills for Rantoul, while Peyton Smith finished with eight digs and two aces for the Eagles, but Urbana pulled out a 25-11, 25-21 win. The victory was Tigers coach Erika Mennig’s 100th in her career.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Central volleyball sweeps

In volleyball
■ Central 2, Jacksonville 0. Maddie LeGrande had 10 kills and Dana Westfield added eight as Central swept Jacksonville 25-15, 25-18 at Champaign’s Combes Gym. Kelley McDonald had 12 assists for the Maroons, and Taya Westfield had three blocks.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Fisher/GCMS posts shutout

In boys’ soccer

■ Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 1, Oakwood/Salt Fork 0. Nate Schutte’s second-half goal on an assist from Alec Johnson was the lone tally of the match. Jake Brewer stopped nine shots to earn the shutout.

■ Warrensburg-Latham 6, Unity 0. The visiting Rockets gave up three goals in each half.

Teams of the Week: M-S cross-country shows way

Mahomet-Seymour girls’ cross-country

Lauren Whitehouse, Jenna Straub and Brisa McGrath finished one-two-three at the STM Corn Saber Classic on Saturday, all finishing the 3-mile race in 20 minutes, 8 seconds or less. Kayla Brady finished fifth in 20:40, and Olivia Meyer was eighth in 21:15.