Colin Likas

Colin Likas

N-G football Top 10: Sept. 11, 2018

Only the unbeaten are involved this time around, as preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS unveils his latest batch of rankings:

RK., TEAM, REC. (PREV.)

1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, 3-0 (1)

Lane Short and the Falcons eviscerated Heyworth last week. Fieldcrest won't be a pushover in Week 4.

N-G volleyball Top 10: Sept. 10, 2018

A strong showing by St. Thomas More last week has the defending Class 2A state champions still atop our rankings. But preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS had to make several swaps after a competitive few days among the reigning teams:

RK., TEAM, REC (PREV.)

1. St. Thomas More, 11-0 (1)

Prep pulse: Sept. 10, 2018

The Danville Heat is no more.

Don't worry, fans of Vermilion County youth hockey. The program isn't shutting down. It's just going through a rebranding process.

Unbeaten local teams chasing playoff berth

It can take time for a high school football coach to gain the trust of players, instill a desired culture and make a team worrisome for opponents.

Don't tell that to a handful of local leaders.

Eleven area programs boast a 3-0 record entering Week 4 action. Five of them are helmed by a man who is in his first, second or third season with that squad.

Likas | Salt Fork's Rogers stays busy as three-sport fall athlete

Even in an era of specialization, multi-sport high school athletes aren't impossible to find. That's especially true in east central Illinois' smaller communities.

What Dawson Rogers is undertaking goes a step further.

Welter sets program record as Sages slowly but surely cruise

CHAMPAIGN — A historic moment for Monticello football coach Cully Welter is one he's not keen on remembering.

"I'm really upset with myself. I thought I coached a horrible game," Welter said after his Sages knocked off St. Thomas More 35-6 on a rainy, windy Friday of Illini Prairie Conference action. "Fortunately, we've got some pretty good players that overcame my ineptness."

Chargers hit wall at home

CHAMPAIGN — For Taylor Swords, early results indicated Centennial volleyball is headed in a positive direction.

But matches like Thursday's Big 12 Conference opener versus Bloomington proved there's still work to be done.

A multi-pronged Purple Raiders attack proved too potent for the Chargers to handle in a 25-17, 25-21 setback.

Lee, Snyder lead area's top passing attacks into conference bout

CHAMPAIGN — The statistics are staggering — a 54.8 completion percentage, 760 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception.

Those are the combined passing figures of the area's two leading prep quarterbacks through just a pair of games apiece.

And they'll go head to head tonight.

Boys' soccer storylines: Fresh faces, new places for STM

CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More is seeking a happy middle ground.

James Johnson's Sabers boast a 6-3-1 ledger, including a clean sweep at the Peoria Christian Charger Classic last month. But STM's three defeats — all against Class 2A opponents — have come by a lopsided 17-1 margin.

Urbana and Central change game time

CHAMPAIGN — A Week 4 prep football game between Urbana and Champaign Central will occur Saturday morning instead of Friday night, administrators told The News-Gazette.

The contest will occur at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, instead of the evening of Sept. 14, at Tommy Stewart Field.