Sabers sweep Spartans

ST. JOSEPH — This was the St. Thomas More volleyball team that played to its potential. Kills from future Division I hitters were thrown down with ferocity over the St. Joseph-Ogden block, sets were on point, serves dropped in at precise points for aces, and balls that looked destined for the floor were swept up by Sabers defenders.

HS Volleyball: STM vs. SJ-O

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. St. Thomas More in a prep volleyball game at SJO High School in St. Joseph on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.

Prep highlights: Oakwood sweeps past Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin

In volleyball

Armstrong-Potomac 2, Hoopeston Area 0. The host Trojans cruised to a 25-14, 25-16 Vermilion Valley Conference win. Sarah Porter (10 kills, eight digs, four aces), Maddie Buhr (eight kills, three blocks) and Madi Gayheart (12 assists) sparked A-P (10-5) against the Cornjerkers (0-11).

HS Volleyball: B-H/R-A vs. Oakwood

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin vs. Oakwood in a prep volleyball match at Oakwood High School on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

Sept. 22 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

Will the bye week make a difference for Illinois football when it returns to action Sept. 29 against Nebraska? Is that a winnable game given the Cornhuskers' struggles? On the high school side, which teams and players are the ones to watch with postseason play approaching? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which gets going at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Sept. 21 Prep sports chat

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 12:30pm

This week pushes area high school football teams past the halfway point of the season. Some teams are in good position for a postseason berth. Others have work to do. And speaking of the postseason, it's rapidly approaching for every other fall sport. Which of our area teams might have the best shot at some hardware?

Prep Highlights: Unity has reason to celebrate

In volleyball

N-G Top 10: Volleyball rankings

A new No. 1 team graces our weekly rankings. More from sports editor Matt Daniels:


1. St. Thomas More 14-2 4 Sabers take seven-match win streak into Tuesday night's match at Argenta-Oreana before Thursday night trip to rival St. Joseph-Ogden's home court.

Prep highlights: STM volleyball sweeps Mahomet-Seymour

In Volleyball

Danville 2, Peoria Manual 0. The Vikings amassed 21 aces, including six from Jazzmyn Hicks and five more apiece from Kaitlin Loewenstein, Jaliyah Bankhead, and Audrey Hyde. Kelsey Wendell finished with three blocks and three digs as the Vikings won 25-5, 25-10.