Tuesday's prep highlights: Central, Centennial win in volleyball

In volleyball

■ Champaign Central 2, Urbana 1. Emma Atkinson racked up 35 assists for the Maroons, who opened defense of their Big 12 Conference co-championship with a 23-25, 25-19, 25-15 home win. Dana Westfield and Maddie LeGrande had 13 kills apiece for Central, and teammate Alyssa Olson added 10 kills.

Bulletin Board: Monticello field among best

MONTICELLO — For the second time in three years, Monticello has received a Field of Excellence Award sponsored by Pioneer Athletics. The criteria includes quality of the field, striping and field decorations. Monticello was one of 73 secondary and college fields recognized for 2012.

Fred Kroner: Central led way after Title IX started

CHAMPAIGN — Sarah Little never got the inside story from the source, just what she would later read in archived newspaper articles.

And yet, she became part of the bigger story when she was too young to realize the magnitude.

Her father, Roger, was a circuit court judge who in 1974 presided over a case involving an Urbana girl who wanted to participate in athletics.

Saturday's prep highlights: Central, Danville runners shine

In cross-country

■ At Peoria. Led by COREY WHITE (27th place) and ASHTON HYATT (29th), Champaign Central was 10th among 52 teams. Danville was 16th behind JOHNNY LEVERENZ (third) and CALEB HUMMER (seventh).

Thursday's prep highlights: Centennial rallies for volleyball win

In volleyball

■ Centennial 2, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 1. The Chargers rallied to pull out a 23-25, 25-16, 25-21 home win behind Miaya Peacock’s 10 kills and Jaime Johnson’s 16 assists.

■ Urbana 2, Monticello 1. The Tigers rallied for a 22-25, 25-23, 25-23 home win. Alyssa Rook piled up 21 digs for the Sages, and teammate Rowan Crozier had eight kills.

Sages could win it all! (podcast)

That's the word from prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner, who talked up Monticello's girls' cross-country team during this week's 30-minute podcast (listen to it here). He also heaped praise on Fisher football, STM volleyball and Central soccer.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Urbana soccer ties Danville

In boys’ soccer

Mattoon 2, Monticello 1. Luke Hanselman scored on a pass from Joey Tombs, but the Sages lost on the road. Ryan Schaub had nine saves for Monticello.

Prep Tennis: Urbana vs. St. Thomas More 2013


Urbana prep tennis match vs. St. Thomas More  at Urbana's Blair Park on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

Monday's highlights: Giannetti's four goals pace Unity

In boys’ golf

■ At Gibson City. GCMS had four of the top six scorers and won a three-team meet by 11 strokes over runner-up Fieldcrest at Railside Golf Club. Devyn Roesch and Preston Young of the Falcons tied for second place with 42s — 2 strokes behind the winner.

In girls’ golf