In boys’ soccer
■ At Mahomet. Danville defeated Champaign Central 2-1 to capture the team’s first regional championship since 2001.
“The guys played another outstanding game,” Danville coach Chris Griffin said, celebrating his first regional crown. “They played with the same heart, grace and fight we’ve displayed over the last 10 or 11 games.”
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois volleyball coaching staff always had an eye on Morgan Leach. You don’t miss a Big Ten caliber player in your own backyard, after all. Leach showed up in Huff Hall plenty, too, attending camps at Illinois for several years.
But when it came time for the Centennial standout to pick her college destination, it was in Bloomington, Indiana, with the Hoosiers.
In girls’ tennis
■ Danville’s Taylor Ellis and Rebecca Lewis are the only local competitors still in contention at the state tournament, which began Thursday. The double team played in four matches on the opening day.
The Viking girls opened play by humbling Shelby Holst and Ashley West of Salem, 6-3, 6-3.
A look at the area Top 10 teams, courtesy Fred Kroner:
TEAM (PREVIOUS), RECORD
1. Watseka (5), 30-3
2. Schlarman (6), 21-3-1
3. St. Thomas More (2), 27-8
4. Centennial (7), 22-13
5. Champaign Central (1), 28-7
6. Cissna Park (4), 28-4
7. Mahomet-Seymour (8), 19-12
8. Unity (9), 24-11
9. St. Joseph-Ogden (3), 19-8
TOLONO — There are special moments within the lives of high school students that are met with reverence.
Homecoming. Getting a driver’s license. Spring break. Prom.
And, for athletes in the final year of a sport or activity, Senior Night.
Seven Unity classmates took to the Rocket Center court for their regular-season volleyball finale on Thursday.
In boys’ soccer
■ At Mahomet. The process started two years ago.
Four veteran Danville soccer players who were being counted on as contributors didn’t play for various reasons.
In their place, four sophomores moved into the starting lineup, joining another classmate, goalkeeper Cameron Griffin.
In swimming & diving
■ At Champaign. Going into the final race, Central held a 10-point lead against Urbana Uni High for team honors in the Twin City Swimming and Diving Championships.
In an effort to catch the Maroons, Uni split its swimmers for the 4x400-yard relay into two teams, and those two teams managed to finish first and second.
MAHOMET — Despite suffering a back injury in the regional quarterfinals, Mahomet-Seymour’s Sara Rice qualified for state in singles and will be her school’s first representative at state.
Austin Marcinko, Salt Fork/Westville soccer
Why he was chosen: The Storm’s sophomore goalkeeper had 17 saves in Salt Fork/Westville’s run to a Class 1A regional championship, including nine in the Storm’s 1-0 shutout against top-seeded Bismarck-Henning in the title match.