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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.
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.