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Volleyball preview: College-bound seniors have Centennial thinking big

Stan Bergman has coached volleyball players who've gone on to collegiate careers, but the Centennial coach never has had a senior group like his current one.

"Not in the exact same class," Bergman said.

Before the Chargers open the season tonight at Lincoln, six athletes from the Class of 2013 know where they will play. Next year.


Volleyball coaches corner

Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted every volleyball coach from conferences in our area for their thoughts about the upcoming season. Here they are, league by league:

Big 12 Conference

Preseason Coaches Poll

(81 points maximum; first-place votes in parentheses)

SCHOOL POINTS

Centennial (8) 79

Bloomington 71


Tuesday's prep highlights: Wallen shines for Sabers

In volleyball

Bloomington 2, STM 1. Lexi Wallen had 18 kills and 14 digs for visiting St. Thomas More in a 23-25, 25-18, 25-11 loss. Hannah Murray contributed 20 assists and 12 digs for the Sabers.


Rockets know how to throw a party

TOLONO — A feel-good night concluded with a happy ending.

With Hall of Fame coach Liz Osborn watching from the bleachers — on the evening the Unity High School gymnasium was named in her honor — the Rockets rallied from a one-set deficit Tuesday to top LeRoy 13-25, 25-15, 25-11 in the volleyball opener for both schools.


Kroner: Unity to honor longtime volleyball coach Osborn

TOLONO — Her father was an Olympic champion and a man regarded as one of the premier athletes of the first half of the 20th century.

Her own passion was with Girl Scouts, where she hoped to make her life's work.


Preps Year In Review: Blaase, Schroeder show way

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.


Danville, Monticello feel enrollment sting

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.


Winds of change blowing through Okaw Valley Conference

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.


Bulletin Board: 8 selected to Shrine game

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.


Bulletin board: Upon further review, Smith sets record

TUSCOLA — Sophomore Broc Smith, from Tuscola, left last week's News-Gazette Honor Roll meet as the winner of the 200-meter dash. A day later, he learned his time was a meet record.