Colin Likas

Colin Likas

2019 N-G All-Area boys' tennis teams



Wade Baillon Jr. STM.

Zachary Donnini Soph. Uni High

Bill Layton Soph. Urbana

Akash Pardeshi Jr. Uni High

Thomas Scaggs Jr. Centennial

Jared Thomas Sr. Centennial



Nick Gunn Jr. Ch. Central

Meet the first team | 2019 N-G All-Area boys' tennis

Wade Baillon | St. Thomas More, Jr.

Why he made the team: Baillon rarely was defeated at the Sabers' No.

Final N-G softball Top 10: June 15, 2019

Our 30th All-Area softball team will be unveiled Sunday, but first a sneak peak at the final Top 10 poll from preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS:


1. Unity, 27-6 (2)

Rockets reached Sweet 16 in Class 2A, recorded best campaign in Aimee Davis' tenure; included wins over SJ-O, GCMS.

Final area boys' tennis leaders: June 15, 2019


Singh, Centennial No. 3 14-0 1.000

Subbiah, Uni HIgh No. 3 6-0 1.000

Taritsa, Uni High No. 4 5-0 1.000

Dalling, Uni High No. 4 3-0 1.000

Gray, Uni High No. 6 3-0 1.000

Scaggs, Centennial No. 2 15-1 .938

Braun, Centennial No. 5 16-2 .889

Gunn, Central No. 2 7-1 .875

Rossow, Central No. 3 7-1 .875

Urbana standout Bales' progress worth watching

URBANA — Michael Bales was a member of Urbana High School's junior varsity baseball team as a freshman.

Put together more pitching performances like the one he delivered last week, and the rising sophomore will be varsity-bound in no time.

Monticello duo back for more in Shrine Game

BLOOMINGTON — Football isn't the only sport Braden Snyder and Alek Bundy have on their docket this week.

That's part of what makes the Illinois High School Shrine Game such a unique experience, the two recent Monticello graduates believe.

Likas | Fans will benefit the most from changes to IHSA hoops showcase

Anyone who has attended an Illinois High School Association state basketball tournament during the last several years could tell change was required.

IHSA alters state basketball tournament format for 2021, beyond

Beginning with the year 2021, future IHSA state basketball tournaments will be conducted under a new format thanks to a decision made by the IHSA board of directors.

Prep pulse: June 10, 2019

Former local high school sports stars don't always leave our sight after graduation.

I've been informed of two recent All-America honors bestowed upon ex-area standouts.

First there was former Champaign Central high jumper Nicholas Jackson, the 2017 Class 2A state champion in that event.

Prioritizing strength aims to restore Spartans' pattern of success

ST. JOSEPH — In modern IHSA football, obtaining five victories in a year means a program experienced no postseason success.

St. Joseph-Ogden isn't terribly familiar with that feeling.

Dating back to 1988, the Spartans have finished with five or fewer triumphs just five times.