Colin Likas

Colin Likas

Falcons' defense rising to the test

GIBSON CITY — It's easy to converse about a football offense that puts up 56 points in a single night. Such an output tends to wipe out all other talking points.

That doesn't apply to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, primarily because the program's defense is so dominant these days.

Prep pulse: Sept. 24, 2018

Andy Romine wasn't coaching his Tuscola Warriors football program Saturday afternoon at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium.

Yet there he was, roaming the sidelines after Centennial and Peoria Notre Dame played to a thrilling four-overtime conclusion in the first of four prep gridiron tilts that day.

2018 football, volleyball, boys' soccer schedules/results


Aug. 25    vs. South Beloit        W 42-0        1-0

Chargers lose OT thriller to Peoria Notre Dame

CHAMPAIGN — Lekevie Johnson knew it.

Every mistake Saturday at Memorial Stadium was a major blow to either his Centennial football team or Peoria Notre Dame.

Two Irish fumbles resulted in 13 Chargers points. A Centennial penalty wiped out a touchdown. Each side lost the ball when even three points would've meant victory.

GCMS cruises past Fisher in top-10 showcase

FISHER — The difference between Nos. 2 and 9 couldn't have been more stark Friday night at Kellar Field.

One football team produced six rushing touchdowns, a defensive score and a special teams tally in addition to recovering two fumbles and permitting 66 yards of opposing offense.

The other side was working against a running clock the entire second half.

STM-Judah Christian among 1A boys' soccer postseason matchups

St. Thomas More and Judah Christian is among the local Class 1A boys' soccer postseason matchups that will take place in the regional round, shown by pairings released Friday afternoon.

The fourth-seeded Sabers and sixth-seeded Tribe will meet in a 1A St. Thomas More Regional semifinal at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Spartans knock off host Sabers

CHAMPAIGN — There was a 50-50 chance St. Joseph-Ogden would come out victorious in Thursday's Illini Prairie Conference volleyball opener against St. Thomas More.

At least at the start of the evening.

When the reigning Class 2A state-champion Sabers pulled ahead 24-21 in the decisive third set, the odds certainly didn't favor the Spartans.

Sherrick, Chargers rounding into form

CHAMPAIGN — Entering the 2015 girls' golf season, Centennial coach Darren Tee carried a roster of four. Three years later, the Chargers boast 11 athletes — including seven seniors.

Leading the way is Claire Sherrick, who was part of Centennial's team as a freshman. The four-year contributor was ranked sixth among local girls in nine-hole average (44.2) entering the week.

Fisher/GCMS leads Class 1A boys' soccer seeds

Seeds have been announced for the IHSA Class 1A boys' soccer postseason, with Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley leading the local field.

The Bunnies garnered the top seed in a loaded sub-sectional of the Judah Christian Sectional, with Uni High and Hoopeston Area the second and third seeds behind Fisher/GCMS.

Wilson succeeds in new role as Bunnies' top running back

FISHER — Here's an odd prospect, considering what the statistics say entering prep football's fifth week.

Tyler Wilson wasn't always going to be Fisher's lead ground threat.