Why he was chosen: The junior rushed for 186 yards on 38 carries and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the final minute, during the Comets’ 26-24 win against Salt Fork that clinched Oakwood’s first playoff berth since 2010. Oakwood (5-4) travels to Freeport Aquin (8-1) for a Class 1A first-round playoff game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
MAHOMET — Urbana volleyball coach Erika Mennig knew her young team had the ability to come back after dropping the first set of Monday’s Class 3A Mahomet-Seymour Regional quarterfinal match against the host school.
But the next two sets had to begin differently from the first, when the Tigers fell behind 17-9.
BLOOMINGTON — Dakota Harmon led Centennial with five kills in her team’s 25-19, 25-17 Class 4A regional quarterfinal victory, but it was just the beginning of the Chargers’ balanced attack.
Illinois football hitting the home stretch. The fall high school sports season hitting a postseason fever pitch. Illini basketball getting underway. Dick Butkus the inaugural member of the Illinois athletics Hall of Fame. And plenty of local interest in the World Series what with the Chicago Cubs making it for the first time in seven decades. Busy days ahead for The News-Gazette sports staff.
This is it. Area high school athletes are in the thick of postseason action. Soccer is wrapping up, cross country and volleyball are underway and the football playoffs start Friday or Saturday. Which teams are in the hunt for postseason hardware? How about some individual athletes that might bring home a medal?
Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:
ST. JOSEPH — Since the four-class system first went into place starting with the 2007 volleyball season, five area high schools have reached the state tournament.
St. Joseph-Ogden would like to become the sixth in the four-class era.