Aug. 31 Prep sports chat

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 12:30pm

Fall sports are in full swing across the area, with football the last to join in this past Friday. Who were the standouts on the football field in Week 1? Who could break out this week or as the season progresses? Which volleyball players or teams are the one to watch? How about area soccer and golf and cross country?

Aug. 31 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 2:00pm

Both the IlliniHQ football yearbook (previewing the 2017 Illini) and high school football preview special section are out. Illinois gets its season underway Saturday, while the high school teams dive into Week 2 of their season. Of course, multiple fall sports at area high schools are well underway. Who's stood out for them. Which Illini might stand out come the weekend?

N-G Top 10: Volleyball Week 2

With the season's first full week in the books, a look at our updated rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:


1. St. Joseph-Ogden 1-0 1 Spartans play at Urbana tonight before welcoming in Cissna Park on Tuesday night for a small-school showdown in St. Joseph.

O'Malley has Centennial in high spirits

During her first practice as Centennial volleyball coach, Genevieve O'Malley asked her players to each introduce themselves to the team and to tell the rest of their teammates something they enjoy doing.

Prep Highlights: Chargers win at UI Orange Course

In volleyball

Cissna Park Tipoff

Milford 2, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 1. Milford opened tourney action with a 21-25, 25-13, 15-12 win.

Clifton Central 2, Hoopeston Area 1. The Cornjerkers fell 20-25, 25-8, 15-6.

Centennial Volleyball vs Lincoln

Centennial High School Volleyball vs Lincoln, Thursday, August 24, 2017 at centennial High School. Lincoln defeated Centennial in 2 games. 

Prep Highlights: Sabers cruise past Judah Christian

In volleyball

Cissna Park Tip-Off

At Cissna Park

Fisher 2, Hoopeston Area 0. Shelbee Owens supplied four kills and three aces to pace Fisher in its season-opening sweep of the Cornjerkers, which saw Fisher win 25-9, 25-13. Casey Wagner added six digs and Cameron McGrew served three aces for the Bunnies.

Aug. 24 Prep sports chat

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 12:30pm

The first week of high school football is upon us, but by the time those teams kickoff Friday night the full fall slate of prep sports will be underway. Which teams could see real improvement this season? Which area athletes are the ones to keep an eye on?

Aug. 24 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

Have you picked up your copy of the IlliniHQ football yearbook previewing the 2017 season? If you haven't, make sure you do and then ask Sports editor Matt Daniels about it. Then keep an eye out for the high school football preview special section.

Rise and shine for St. Joseph-Ogden

ST. JOSEPH — By the time the bus carrying the St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball team left Redbird Arena, a mix of emotions overtook the passengers.

The Spartans had just completed a memorable season, playing for a Class 2A state championship to cap off the 2016 season.