Blue Ridge reaches sectional final

FISHER — Maddy Hopkins heard one clear message from her teammates before Tuesday’s Class 1A Fisher Sectional semifinal against Effingham St. Anthony.

That directive? Don’t tip.

Volleyball roundup: Central bows out; Watseka stays alive

MOUNT ZION — Champaign Central nearly advanced to Thursday’s Class 3A sectional final, but Jacksonville outlasted the Maroons, handing Central a 25-18, 16-25, 25-23 loss in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal.

The Maroons led 23-21 in the third set before the Crimsons (15-20) closed out the match with four consecutive points.

SJ-O outlasts STM in volleyball sectional semifinal

ARGENTA — Tuesday’s Class 2A Argenta-Oreana Sectional semifinal was a familiar setting for Kylie Michael.

Three years ago, the St. Joseph-Ogden senior lost her first of three sectional finals on the Bombers’ home floor. After Tuesday’s first set, a 25-20 loss to St. Thomas More, it seemed as if her senior season might end in the same place her freshman season did.

HS 1A Sectional Volleyball: Schlarman vs. W-S-S

Danville Schlarman  vs. Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg in a 1A volleyball sectional semi-final  game at Fisher High School on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

On campus: Neitzel, Pridemore in spotlight

■ Freshman Lauren Neitzel, from Centennial, was named the Newcomer of the Year and to the six-person All-CCIW first team for her performance at the conference championships. Playing at No. 1 singles for Illinois Wesleyan, Neitzel took home third place, as well as taking fourth place at No. 1 doubles. She finished the fall season with a 12-8 record in singles.

Athletes of the Week: Keegan Allen and Elizabeth Rumsey

Keegan Allen
GCMS football

Why he was chosen: The senior accounted for three touchdowns — one on a 60-yard interception return and two passing touchdowns — during the Falcons’ 35-7 victory against El Paso-Gridley in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.

HS 1A Sectional Volleyball: Blue Ridge vs. St. Anthony

Blue Ridge vs. Effingham St. Anthony in a 1A volleyball sectional semi-final  game at Fisher High School on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Area prep volleyball leaders (Week of Oct. 31)

(Minimum 2.00 average)
Player, School    Kills    Avg.

Kylie Michael, SJ-O    301    5.38
Emily Duis, Milford    317    5.37
Katie Kidwell, Watseka    348    4.24

Area volleyball sectional semifinals preview

A closer look at the seven remaining local volleyball teams who will play Tuesday night in sectional semifinal matches, each one three wins away from reaching Redbird Arena — the site of the state tournament — courtesy sports editor Matt Daniels:

N-G Top 10: Volleyball (Nov. 1)

A look at where area teams fall in our rankings ahead of sectional action Tuesday:

1. St. Joseph-Ogden    27-3    1    Rubber match in sectional semis with STM decides season series.