Area Girls' Tennis POY: Madie Baillon

CHAMPAIGN – There's a fine line between passion and obsession.

While some kids immersed in high-level youth tennis can get consumed by the atmosphere created by adults, St. Thomas More's Madie Baillon and her parents, Ernie and Beth, seem to have struck the perfect balance.

Athletes of the Week

Zeke Elkins, St. Joseph-Ogden, junior, Cross-country

Recently: Won the regional race at Kickapoo with the fifth-fastest time by a Spartan on the course (15 minutes, 58 seconds).

I need concert tickets to ... Hawthorne Heights.

I'm dying to see ... "Skyline."

I'm always texting ... my dad.

Baillon's singles run over

MOUNT PROSPECT – St. Thomas More's Madie Baillon bowed out of the state tournament Friday, losing 6-1, 6-2 in consolation singles to Lisle's Cassie Kovach.

Baillon, a sophomore, finished 3-2 at state.

Athletes of the Week

JJ Malone, Blue Ridge, Senior, Soccer

Recently: Area scoring leader had three goals in two postseason matches to inch closer to becoming the third area athlete in history with 50 goals in one season.

I need concert tickets to ... Blink 182.

I'm dying to see ... "Red."

I'm always texting ... Madison Cooper.

Maroons eke out tennis title on doubles play

URBANA – During the regular season, Champaign Central's girls' tennis team was handily beaten in dual matches by the best squads the area has to offer.

None of that mattered at Saturday's Urbana Sectional. The Maroons used their strength in doubles to capture the team championship that surprised even themselves.

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Tuesday highlights: Soccer playoffs get going


– JOHN TABB had two goals and four assists for top-seeded St. Thomas More in an 8-1 victory against Georgetown-Ridge Farm at the Class 1A Schlarman Regional in Danville. ZACH SHIN scored three times and added an assist for the Sabers. RYAN HOWARD scored for G-RF.

Chart Toppers: Best girls' tennis tandems

Chart toppers

Today's topic:  Best area girls' tennis tandems, courtesy Tony Bleill

No. 1

Allison Hansen & Maria Mears


Athletes of the Week: Blackman, Hansen

Athletes of the Week

Adam Blackman

Urbana, senior


Recently: Scored four goals in two matches – breaking the single-season school record – while leading the Tigers to the Big 12 title

I need concert tickets to ... Lil Wayne

Saturday's prep highlights: Danville tennis takes Big 12 title


– BETHANY SEXTON (No. 4), NEHA PATEL (No. 5) and COURTNEY HART (No. 6) won singles titles to help Danville win the Big 12 title on the Illinois campus. AMY SHAH was second at No. 3, RACHAEL LEWIS third at No. 2 and EMMA PECK fourth at No. 1 for the Vikings, whose three doubles teams also placed in the top three Friday.