What a school year! State championship teams, state championship individuals, top-ranked teams. Underclassmen who have already committed to Division I universities. Athletes who are being wooed by Division I coaches. Some memories are still vivid in our minds. Some had almost been forgotten.
Last year, schools such as Clinton, Danville, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, St. Thomas More and Tuscola were among the ones upset with the IHSA's postseason assignments, which are based on enrollments.
This year, Danville and Monticello are among the ones unhappy with how the enrollment breaks worked out.
MONTICELLO — The Okaw Valley Conference will start its 87th year of competition in August.
It won't be the last year for the venerable league, but it likely will be the next-to-last in its current 12-school setup.
All-Area first team
NAME SCHOOL YR. POS. COACH
Grace Ayodele Centennial Sr. Midfield Hsiung Marler
Jade Brinkoetter St. Thomas More Jr. Midfield James Johnson
Maddy Chalifoux Champaign Central Fr. Midfield Mick Galeski
Sarah Kresca Champaign Central Sr. Midfield Mick Galeski
Melinda Mendoza Urbana Sr. Midfield Randy Blackman
CHAMPAIGN — The destiny of Centennial's Class of 2013 was determined when the soccer-playing members of the group were freshmen.
That spring, in 2010, a ninth-grader was the Area Player of the Year for the first time in girls' soccer.
Coach of the Year: Hsiung Marler, Centennial
Why: Eighth-year head coach guided Centennial to a third consecutive regional championship and its fourth in five years as well as a third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference.
Eight from area in Shrine game
BLOOMINGTON — The 37-player East roster for the annual Shrine all-star high school football game features eight former area athletes.
Teams of the Week
Eagles (19-18) trailed 2-0 after one inning and 5-2 going into the seventh against a Mahomet-Seymour team they had traded regular season wins against. Jada Walker, Kalista Lutes, Sarah Hunt and Grace Bjornbak scored in the late-game comeback that produced a Class 3A regional title.
NORMAL — Comeback victories are nothing new for this Centennial girls' soccer team, but overcoming a three-goal deficit would be.
That's the situation the Chargers faced Friday at halftime of their Class 2A sectional title match against Normal University High at Normal West High School.