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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).
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:
FISHER – Pat Rodgers and Brandon Clark each scored two goals as Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley beat Judah Christian 4-3 in a boys' soccer match Tuesday.
RANTOUL – Among top running backs in the Corn Belt Conference, Mahomet- Seymour's Andrew Brewer and Pontiac's Chase Alford certainly belong. Rantoul coach Shane Carter would like to add Taveria Lawrence's name to the conversation.
"I hear a lot about other kids in the area and Taveria never gets a mention," Carter said. "The kid's got some ability and if he plays the way he can, people are going to see that this year."
SAVOY – Ryan Murphy fired a 75 to lead St. Thomas More to a win at the 15-team John Macek Invitational on Monday at the University of Illinois Orange Course.
URBANA – For a football program that enjoyed little good luck last season, Eric Miles' misfortune has been a stroke of good fortune for Urbana's Tigers.
Miles was a standout running back and quarterback at East Central last season, earning first-team All-Little Okaw Valley Conference honors on defense and second-team honors on offense. Miles had moved to the school district two years prior, having been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. His mother is originally from Newman.
MAHOMET – Andrew Brewer doesn't always realize what he's doing when he's doing it. But thanks to technology, the Mahomet-Seymour running back is able to sit back and enjoy what the team's fans see live every fall Friday night.
"The next day in film, sometimes you're like, 'Wow, how did I do that?' " Brewer said. "But then you see the great blocks and how you were able to run a play and you start thanking your teammates."
Walker at Seton Academy – not Centennial
When Jordan Walker was spotted recently at Centennial High School during student registration, rumors started flying that the former Champaign Central forward would be playing for the Chargers this season.
One of the best football players at his position in the state attends high school in Champaign.
Adam Baker may not have the recognition of others because what he does best – long snapping – is not something that gets extensive publicity.
CHAMPAIGN – The number, on the surface, is staggering: 6.1 years.
It represents the amount of days, when added together, that former Champaign Central High School football coach Tommy Stewart spent at McKinley Field during his tenure.