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.”
Area golf teams have less than a week to finish their preparations for the postseason. Boys’ regional tournaments start Tuesday. One day later, girls’ regionals will be held. In all cases, qualifiers move on to sectionals scheduled for Oct. 14. The state meets will be Oct. 18-19.
In boys’ golf
■ At Normal. Christian Khachaturian shot a 1-under-par 71 to tie for second place and lead Centennial to third place in the Big 12 Conference tournament at Ironwood Golf Course. Riley Thompson of fourth-place Champaign Central carded a 76 and tied for seventh. Isaac Overman of Centennial tied for ninth with a 77.
■ At East Peoria. Alex Keeble finished second in 15 minutes, 12 seconds, leading Mahomet-Seymour to first place at the East Peoria Invitational. Jackson Powell was sixth for the Bulldogs.
Champaign Central placed third in the team standings behind Corey White’s eighth-place finish.
■ At Danville. Medalist Luke Meyer shot a 3-over-par 39 at Turtle Run to lift Champaign Central past the Vikings.
■ At Savoy. Medalist Chris Tate shot a 35, leading St. Thomas More to victory against Tri-Valley at the UI Blue Course.
■ Centennial 2, Danville 0. Kelly Braghini and JordYn Jones combined for 13 kills for the Chargers in a 25-12, 25-15 road win.
■ Armstrong-Potomac 2, Hoopeston Area 0. Rachel miles recorded eight kills and 12 digs to lead the Trojans to a 25-18 25-21 home victory.
■ St. Thomas More 2, Unity 1. Lexi Wallen and Tori McCoy combined for 29 kills for the Sabers in a 30-28, 19-25, 25-21 home win. Hannah Murray had 20 assists and Allie Kreie added 16 for STM. Lizzy Barnard led Unity with 23 kills and teammate Bailey Reifsteck finished with 30 assists.
■ At Edwardsville. COREY WHITE finished eighth to help Champaign Central to fourth place at the 21-team boys’ race. HANNAH SHINEW led Central’s girls.