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Bulletin Board: Parkland to host all-star game

All-stars headed to Parkland
CHAMPAIGN — The second Parkland College/News-Gazette senior all-star basketball games will be April 14 in the Cobras’ gym.

The girls’ game will start at 1 p.m. at Parkland. There will be two 10-player teams, one coached by Chris Mennig, from St. Thomas More, and the other by Susan Thomas, from Centennial.


Bulletin Board: Vaughn breaks throwing hand

Centennial senior LUKE VAUGHN has broken records nearly every time he has tossed a shot put during the indoor track and field season.

He most likely won’t do so anytime soon after he broke his right hand.

Vaughn, who signed with Mississippi in February, suffered the injury Saturday during a meet at Plainfield North. He was running in a sprint event and placed second.


Bulletin Board: Centennial reunion on tap Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Former Centennial girls’ basketball coach TIM FAIRCHILD is organizing a reunion Saturday at the state-ranked Chargers’ home game against Urbana. Former players, their parents, coaches and others who followed the team during Fairchild’s 29-year tenure are invited back to watch the game and socialize afterward.


Meet the All-Area Volleyball First-Team

Lizzy Barnard
Tri-County, junior, outside hitter

Why she made it: A two-time Little Okaw all-conference pick, she was a second-team All-Area selection as a sophomore. Helped Titans to a repeat league crown this fall and to third place in the Class 1A state finals.


All-Area Volleyball Coach of the Year: Centennial's Stan Bergman

Directed the Chargers to a sixth consecutive 30-win season, the third sectional title in five years, a Big 12 Conference co-championship, a school-record win total (37-5) and the school’s highest finish at the state volleyball tournament (third in Class 3A).


Kroner: End might be in eyesight for Bergman

CHAMPAIGN — Stan Bergman never dwelled on his uniqueness as a child.

Growing up with one blue eye and one brown eye was just who he was. “It was never a huge issue,” the Centennial volleyball coach said.

For the past 21/2 years, who he is has changed. He no longer has vision out of both eyes.


All-Area Volleyball POY: Centennial's Lauren Cloyd

CHAMPAIGN — Lauren Cloyd has learned when is a good time to say never.

Never.

Had the Centennial senior stuck with her first impression of volleyball, she would have never:

— played for a middle school state championship team;

— played for four high school varsity teams that all won at least 30 matches;


Meet the 31st N-G All-State Volleyball Teams

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31st N-G All-State Volleyball POY: Carlini's set up for big things

AURORA — The best volleyball player in the school.

The best high school volleyball player in the state.

The best prep volleyball player in the nation.

Yeah, Lauren Carlini is all of that.

And more.

Although she is the epitome of excellence in her sport, she is also a shining example of the age-old expression, “Blossom where you’re planted.”


Teams of the Week: Unity football in spotlight

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UNITY FOOTBALL
Scott Hamilton’s Rockets (11-1) relied on a defense that limited previously unbeaten Williamsville to 96 yards’ total offense. The key was a ball-control offense that kept possession for 30:05 of the 48-minute game. Unity completed one pass and gained its other 194 yards on the ground.