April 6 prep sports chat

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:30pm

When are the annual all-star basketball games at Parkland College and who is playing in them? How are the spring sports going so far? What team could make a run to state? What notable college-bound players are on area programs this spring? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to take your questions during his 12:30 p.m. chat on Thursday, but feel free to send in questions in advance.

Advanced Prep (Week of April 3)

1. MONDAY: St. Thomas More at Centennial, boys’ tennis, 4 p.m.
The boys’ tennis season kicks off with a match featuring two teams that will have to rebuild a bit after losing some top talent from last year. Centennial sophomore Jared Thomas should be one of the area’s strongest players this season, while the Sabers might rely on All-Area senior JP Ridge at the top.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Witruk sisters combine for no-hitter

In baseball

■ Oakwood 11, Blue Ridge 1. Chase Vinson and Lukas Hoshauer each had two hits for the Comets (3-2-1), who were triumphant at home. Vinson pitched all five innings, allowing four singles, walking no one and striking out one.

March 30 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:30pm

The spring sports season is well underway. Who are some of the top baseball and softball teams in the area? What about girls' soccer, boys' tennis and track field? How did The News-Gazette determine Kendle Moore as its boys' basketball Player of the Year and Justin Cardani as its Wrestler of the Year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis takes your questions at 12:30 p.m.

March 23 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:00pm

What was going to go in The News-Gazette's sports section this past Sunday before Brad Underwood was hired? What do other college basketball experts think of Josh Whitman's hire? How is Lovie Smith's program progressing? What area high schools are poised to have good spring sports? Sports editor Matt Daniels will answer any and all questions in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday.

March 23 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

Why was Anaya Peoples The News-Gazette's All-Area girls' basketball Player of the Year? When do other All-Area teams from the winter come out? What spring sports teams could contend for a state title this school year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to answer your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

March 9 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:30pm

Can Monticello boys' basketball win a state title? Will Danville have a chance to upset Edwardsville and win a sectional title for the first time in more than two decades? What spring sports teams should you keep an eye on in the coming months? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis will gladly answer your questions in his 12:30 p.m. chat on Thursday.

N-G girls' tennis Coach of the Year: Gary Day

Why he’s Coach of the Year
The Maroons were solid throughout the season with a deep team. Not only were they runners-up at the Big 12 Championships and won a Class 1A sectional title, but Day is known to make tennis genuinely fun for his athletes.

Season highlights

N-G All-Area girls' tennis teams

All-Area first team

N-G All-Area Girls' Tennis POY: Centennial's Madison Scaggs and Victoria Gonzalez

CHAMPAIGN — The first meeting at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza was awkward, as would be expected.

Victoria Gonzalez, who had just moved to Champaign from Bolivia, and Madison Scaggs are both reserved upon first meeting someone, although they generally become more outgoing over time.

“I think I was more shy than she was,” Scaggs said.