PEORIA — Three officials from the Champaign-based Illinois Basketball Officials Association were selected by the IHSA to work tournament games this weekend in the 1A and 2A state finals at the Peoria Civic Center.
Bloch enters elite group
CHAMPAIGN — Normal Community racked up eight three-pointers against Champaign Central on Friday night.
The final trey was a dagger.
Leading 54-52 with time running out in overtime, the Maroons were in position to hold off the Ironmen. Then Tyler Seibring sank a fadeaway three-point shot at the buzzer to lift Normal Community to a 55-54 win.
In his 27th year as the school’s only boys’ soccer coach, Blackman guided the 21-3 Tigers to an undefeated Big 12 Conference season and a runner-up finish in the Class 2A state tournament.
Centennial, senior, goalkeeper
Why he made it: Illinois Coaches Association all-stater didn’t allow a goal in 10 matches, and just three of 19 opponents scored more than two goals.
URBANA — The area’s best soccer player is also the area’s best sportsman.
Take a look at the Big 12 all-conference soccer team listed on page B-3 in Thursday’s print edition. Two dozen players are included on the first team.
Urbana High School senior Miguel Fierro is not one of them.
He wasn’t nominated; by request, he wasn’t nominated.
FRANKFORT — The Urbana fan base grew in numbers on Saturday compared with Friday’s turnout. Superintendent Preston Williams, athletic director Greg Hall and school board president John Dimit were present. Williams and Dimit both made a ‘U’ symbol to the crowd when they received their state medals.
FRANKFORT — The Urbana boys’ soccer team was guaranteed to come home with a state trophy this weekend.
It just wasn’t the one the Tigers and their faithful were hoping for.
Peoria Notre Dame scored early, then added two more goals late to claim a 3-0 victory in the Class 2A state championship and deny Urbana its first state championship.
FRANKFORT — Urbana senior forward Jonathan Lukusa and senior midfielder Miguel Fierro make the Tigers’ offense go. Both are tied for the team lead in goals with 21 heading into today’s Class 2A state title match against Peoria Notre Dame.
While both playmakers had solid matches Friday, the play of Urbana’s backline was critical in the win.