It’s not even Halloween yet and there are still a dozen matches left in the regular season — including Friday and Saturday against Indiana and Purdue — but the Illinois volleyball team is in position to contend for a Big Ten championship and nail down a high seed in the NCAA tournament. Beat writer Scott Richey breaks down how both are possible for the 14-5 and 10th-ranked Illini:
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Illinois men’s golf team concluded its fall season with a fourth-place finish Tuesday at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. The Illini were in fourth after each of the three rounds.
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.
MONTICELLO BOYS’ SOCCER
The Sages (16-7-1) secured a regional threepeat by handing Warrensburg-Latham a 4-1 loss in the Class 1A regional finals. In the past seven years, Monticello has captured five regional crowns in the sport.
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.
Four area girls’ golf squads won county, conference or regional crowns. Here’s the rundown from Fred Kroner after last weekend’s state meets:
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