Colin Likas

Colin Likas

Maroons look to wash away state drought in pool

CHAMPAIGN — The last time Champaign Central girls' swimming and diving sent a competitor to state was 2012 — coincidentally, the last time the Maroons won a team sectional plaque.

Can the Maroons turn the latter tide against tough foes like Centennial, Uni High and Danville during today's Centennial Sectional at Unit 4 Pool?

That remains to be seen.

STM volleyball falls short in state semifinal match

NORMAL — Deja vu washed over St. Thomas More volleyball in two waves Friday afternoon.

The first arrived as the Sabers dropped the opening set of their Class 2A state semifinal bout with Pleasant Plains at Redbird Arena. The outcome mimicked STM’s start to last year’s championship match, in which it fell behind Quincy Notre Dame after a game.

Pogue resigns as Mahomet-Seymour football coach

MAHOMET — Keith Pogue is stepping down as the head coach of Mahomet-Seymour football, the school announced Friday morning.

Pogue has run the Bulldogs since 2008, prior to which he was an assistant with the staff for 12 years. A press release from the high school Friday did not address why Pogue decided to resign his position.

Milford/Cissna Park football set to play for title

Milford/Cissna Park football will compete for its first-ever state championship tonight, taking on Alden-Hebron in the 8-Man Football Association title game. The bout will kick off at 7 p.m. from Monmouth College and cap the inaugural 8-man playoffs, which featured four teams. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS offers a preview on the event:

Class 2A state volleyball: capsule glances

Fearsome four

A quartet of teams remain in the fight for a Class 2A state volleyball championship, with semifinal bouts taking place today at Normal's Redbird Arena. A closer look at each qualifier:

FIRST SEMIFINAL: St. Thomas More Sabers (36-4) vs. Pleasant Plains Cardinals (32-6), noon today

DeLorenzo serves key role for STM volleyball

CHAMPAIGN — Teagan DeLorenzo was part of a surge this time last year.

As a junior with the St. Thomas More volleyball program, her class accounted for seven of 15 team members on the eventual state-champion Sabers.

Flash forward, and just three of those athletes remain with coach Stan Bergman's squad.

Sluder, Douglas forge connection for Tuscola in passing game

TUSCOLA — Luke Sluder doesn't hurl the football to Dalton Hoel anymore.

One could forgive Tuscola's senior quarterback for feeling like he does.

Soft-spoken Terry enters spotlight as leading figure for Maroons

CHAMPAIGN — Khailieo Terry is best remembered for two attributes from his freshman year at Champaign Central. They both come with the territory of being an uber-talented basketball big man.

Hauling in rebounds and rattling the rim with dunks.That's not all the soft-spoken 6-foot-4 sophomore wants to be recognized for.

Rantoul native has put Bombers in great spot

ARGENTA — Steve Kirk contends he "didn't do anything."

Argenta-Oreana football isn't undefeated 11 weeks into the 2018 season because of him.

The Bombers aren't entering Saturday's Class 1A quarterfinals as an 11-0 No. 1 seed because of Kirk.

That's what the Rantoul native will have you believe.

N-G football Top 10: Nov. 6, 2018

Only four area programs are still playing, but preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS offers his latest rankings in his weekly poll:

RANK, TEAM REC. PREV. COMMENT

1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, 11-0 (1)

Falcons soared past Hope Academy despite lowest offensive output of season, visit Sterling Newman next.

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