We put prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner and one-time Big 12 beat writer Bob Asmussen on the spot during this week's 25-minute podcast. Will Central win the Twin City title? Will Jimmy Fitzgerald commit to Illinois? Will M-S win the Corn Belt?
The Atkins tennis courts, on the University of Illinois campus, will get a workout this weekend.
■ At Urbana. St. Thomas More’s Nick Hess finished in third place at Class 1A state last season. On Tuesday, he won the heat-delayed Twin City Championship at the UI Arboretum by 40 seconds. Hess finished the 3-mile course in 15 minutes, 26 seconds. The Sabers, who also got a fourth-place finish from Brendan Remington, took third.
■ Urbana Uni High 2, Cornerstone Christian Academy 1. Natalie Dullerud had 18 digs and three service aces for the Illineks in a 25-14, 21-25, 25-3 victory at Bloomington.
■ Watseka 2, St Anne 0. Led by Lexi Shoemaker’s six kills and two blocks, the Warriors improved to 27-0 with a 25-16, 25-19 home win.
■ LeRoy 20, Durand 0. Bryce Dooley and Lane Lindstrom combined for 199 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a road win.
Dooley gained 100 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 50-yard punt return.
Lindstrom ran for 99 yards in 14 attempts and scored twice in the first quarter on runs of 4 and 12 yards.
In boys' golf
■ At Danville. After bogeying the second hole Thursday at Harrison Park Golf Course, Andy Bott knew he would need to plot a comeback.
“I really wanted to get back to even (par on the front nine),” the Bismarck-Henning senior said.
In boys’ soccer
■ Urbana 5, Centennial 0. Dann Musasa had two goals and Gesi Muharremi had one goal and three assists for the host Tigers, who also received goals from Saul Downie and David Anderson.
■ Danville 7, MacArthur 0. Dakota Gash had a goal and three assists and Gracson Torres had two goals and an assist for the host Vikings (8-4-3).
In girls’ swimming
■ At Champaign. Maddie Nelson won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events and also anchored Urbana Uni High’s winning 200 medley and 200 free relays as the Illineks won a four-team meet at Unit 4 Pool. Lauren Monahan (100 butterfly), Claire Dickerson (100 backstroke) and Claire Michael (100 breaststroke) also won individual events for Uni (478).
The Vikings won sectional team titles each of the last two years for coach Mark Bacys. Three of this year’s squad members are underclassmen seeking their third consecutive appearance at state. Sisters Rachael (senior) and Rebecca Lewis (junior) have gone as partners in doubles for two consecutive years.
A year ago, the Chargers sent both of their singles entries and both doubles teams to state. Three of those six players have graduated.
“We would like to see several of our girls get to state again or for the first time,” Chargers coach Teri Scaggs said. “We have big shoes to fill.”