Sept. 22 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 2:00pm

What's next for an Illinois football team after losing to a MAC team at home? Is the Big Ten West bad enough the Illini might be OK? How is recruiting going for Lovie Smith and Co? Who's the most surprising team in the area high school sports scene? What do you want to see in the pages of The News-Gazette Sports section?

Monday's highlights: Centennial girls' tennis tops STM

In volleyball
Watseka 2, Prairie Central 0. Katie Kidwell pounded 13 kills as the Warriors (16-2) captured a two-set sweep over the visiting Hawks, 25-22, 25-18. Emily Bunting had a double-double (16 assists, 11 digs) while Kennedy Bauer contributed nine digs and five kills.

Area prep statistics: Girls' tennis (Sept. 20)

(Minimum two matches)

Victoria Gonzalez, Centennial    No. 1    9-0    1.000
Sophia Sobeski, St. Thomas More    No. 6    3-0    1.000

HS Girls Tennis: Centennial vs. STM

St. Thomas More vs. Centennial at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.

Prep preview, week of Sept. 19

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:

Saturday's highlights: Walmer leads M-S runners to second

In volleyball
PBL Tournament

Thursday's highlights: Monticello golf breaks records

In volleyball
St. Thomas More 2, Mahomet-Seymour 1. Brianna Hopper had eight kills and Mica Allison and Hayes Murray each recorded 14 assists for the Sabers in their 14-25, 25-17, 25-9 win at Mahomet. Grace Beach had 11 kills and Elizabeth Sproat had 12 digs for the Bulldogs.

Wednesday's highlights: Central swimming victorious

In girls’ swimming & diving

STM leans on veteran depth

CHAMPAIGN — Last season, the choice was clear for St. Thomas More coach Jim Tressler.

Sophomores Caroline Waddell and Mia Stipes gave STM the top shot to make a state run, so they were the choices at No. 1 doubles when the postseason came. With a much more mature lineup this year, though, Tressler and the Sabers have the luxury of depth.

Athletes of the Week: M-S' Lundstrom, STM's Bowie

Evan Lundstrom
Mahomet-Seymour soccer

Why he was chosen: The senior recorded a hat trick and assisted on the Bulldogs’ other goal during a 4-2 home win against Urbana Uni High and followed that up with two goals in a 4-1 win at Charleston.