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Top 10 teams

Our preseason Top 10

Polling Place

For the sixth consecutive year, we polled area high school football players on their likes and dislikes on and off the field. We have learned that area football players are as evenly divided on who should run the country as the rest of the nation. We also learned that hard rock reigns supreme in the locker room. This year’s pollsters were Unity’s Tyler Bates, Tuscola’s Zach Bosch, St. Joseph-Ogden’s Vaughn Duitsman, Mahomet-Seymour’s Ethan King, Champaign Central’s Edwind McGhee, Salt Fork’s Cody Nicholson, Urbana’s Shagun Pradhan, Centennial’s Joe Schilling, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley’s Tyler Smith and St. Thomas More’s Carson Woodworth.

Homecoming dates

Homecoming dates for area football teams:

Kroner: Friday nights are special

Friday nights remain one of the highlights of the high school athletic scene

Sangamon Valley preview

A preview of the Sangamon Valley Conference

Okaw Valley preview

A preview of the Okaw Valley Conference

Volleyball preview: Top 10 teams

News-Gazette Top 10

 

Arrow pointing up for maturing Maroons

CHAMPAIGN – Dave Jacobs doesn't mind the pressure, especially in the form of heightened expectations.

In fact, if folks are inclined to believe his Champaign Central football team is headed toward a big season, well, that's just fine by him.

Volleyball preview: Area notes

Time and again, Champaign Central's Shelby Strang has passed one of the hardest tests in volleyball. She has successfully returned a spike attempt from an opposing player and put the ball in position where the Maroons' setter can do her job.

Strang "digs" volleyball like no other player in Central's volleyball history. She will soon become the school's first member of the 1,000-dig club (she has 985).

Volleyball preview: League polls

Coaches Corner

For the fifth consecutive year, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted every volleyball coach from conferences in our area for their thoughts on the season: