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Looking back at the area's best sports moments of 2018

With 2018 coming to a close today, The News-Gazette sports staff spotlights the top 10 stories that defined the last 12 months of area athletics:

Prep pulse: Dec. 10, 2018

It can be challenging to keep track of local high-schoolers once they leave the prep realm.

But it's always nice when we can provide a positive update on the exploits of a former area athlete.

Ex-Champaign Central athletic director John Woods helped us out with that. His son Payton, another former Maroon, is a junior with the Michigan State men's swimming and diving program.

Cobras are ready for the rematch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Parkland volleyball will have waited exactly 365 days for its chance to exact some revenge against Coffeyville.

The wait ends today.

Cobra's ready to take their best shot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Parkland volleyball was well aware of which two opponents would likely be awaiting the Cobras in the business end of this weekend's national tournament.

Johnson County and defending champion Coffeyville, both from Kansas. But, first the Cobras had to win two matches.

Mission accomplished.

Cobras vie to make more noise on national level

CHAMPAIGN — Cliff Hastings knows he's competing against unlimited candy and costumes tonight.

"For all those people who don't want to give out candy and want an excuse to be elsewhere," the Parkland volleyball coach said, "here's an option."

Here is Dodds Athletic Center, the home venue for the Cobras as they host Frontier at 6 p.m. tonight in a Region 24 semifinal match.

Cobras strike first against Blue Storm, advance to semifinals

CHAMPAIGN — The sequel produced the same result as the original, and for the Parkland men's soccer team, that was just what the Cobras needed.

Parkland Soccer vs. Southwestern Illinois

Parkland men's soccer faces Southwestern Illinois during a Region 24 quarterfinal match Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at Parkland College in Champaign.

Newcomers keep Cobras contending

CHAMPAIGN — What happened two years ago with Parkland men's soccer is a good memory.

But the trip to the NJCAA Division I national tournament is one the current Mark Sikora-coached Cobras have little recollection of.

"Every two year-cycle, you have new guys," said Sikora, in his 12th season leading Parkland. "It's old hat to us, but for these guys, it's brand new."

McHale chosen to lead program

CHAMPAIGN — Brendan McHale's nearly two decades supervising Carle Foundation Hospital's orthopedics and sports medicine department established contacts with dozens of athletic directors in the area.

He reached out to some of them when he was considering applying for the open Parkland College athletic director position.

Tim Mitchell's MLB Power Poll: Sept. 9, 2018

Staff writer Tim Mitchell loves the National Pastime. Here's this week's MLB power poll:

RK. TEAM (PREV.)

1. Red Sox (1)

They want to get Chris Sale and David Price healthy for the post-season.

2. Astros (3)

Hector Rondon took a line drive off his pitching hand.

3. Yankees (2)

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