URBANA – Katarina Marjanovic has cried for competition. She's bled for it. She's pulled her hair in frustration for it. She's better because of it.
Marjanovic, the Urbana High School tennis standout, once outlasted everyone in a situps contest at a tennis camp run by tennis instructor Mark Voss, including a couple of young professionals.
A look at the area state qualifiers in girls' tennis:
BLOOMINGTON – Defending sectional champion Centennial heads into postseason play with major momentum.
PEORIA — Urbana’s Katarina Marjanovic won No. 1 singles at the Peoria Richwoods Invitational on Saturday.
Marjanovic did not lose a set and dropped two games in the tournament.
The Tigers placed seventh.
CHAMPAIGN – Long before identical twins Anna and Avra Jain got their names in print, they got their hands on dozens of newspapers daily for three years.
Barely teenagers in the mid-1970s, they were News-Gazette paper carriers – "We doubled our circulation route in the few years we did the route," Anna said – with a specific target for their earnings of about a nickel per day per paper.
URBANA – Junior Katarina Marjanovic, The News-Gazette's reigning Area Player of the Year, is the stalwart for Urbana's girls' tennis team.
But if her teammates continue to make the type of progress they showed last weekend, the Tigers could have a productive autumn.
CHAMPAIGN – Some things just go well together.
Bacon and eggs. Peanut butter and jelly. Kermit and Miss Piggy. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – A historic run ended for Centennial's top doubles team at the IHSA state tennis tournament Saturday.
David Ruedi and Quinn Miller were defeated 7-5, 6-0 in a quarterfinal consolation bracket match against Hinsdale Central's Dan Ballantine and Ian Tesmond. The loss stopped the Chargers from completing the three wins they needed for a fifth-place finish. Still, Centennial coach Don Waybright found positives.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – The Centennial doubles tandem of David Ruedi and Quinn Miller need three victories today to secure fifth place at the IHSA championships.
Ruedi and Miller started Friday's play unbeaten in the tournament and kept the momentum going in a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 victory against Oak Park-River Forest's Tim Martin and Devin Jones. The Chargers won the tiebreak 7-0.
URBANA – If they were looking for a tuneup for next weekend's state tournament, Centennial's doubles tennis team of David Ruedi and Quinn Miller got one Saturday.
After breezing to a Big 12 title at last weekend's conference tournament, Ruedi and Miller were tested en route to an IHSA sectional title.