Kroner's favorite prep teams of all time

Kroner's favorite prep teams of all time

So many teams, so many choices.

More than three decades spent covering prep teams in the Champaign-Urbana area has created countless memories.

A plethora of teams are especially memorable and will be profiled. Some are included because of the success of their teams; others made the list because of a spectacular game or performance. For all that are featured, there are just as many others that could have made the list.

First, the two that standout the most. They're listed as No. 1 and No. 2, but, really, they are No. 1 and No. 1A.

No. 1 – St. Joseph-Ogden softball, 2006. The Spartans' Class 1A state championship team, coached by Randy Wolken, featured eight starters who went on to play one sport or another in college. In the pressure-packed final Saturday at state, SJ-O posted 1-0 wins in the semifinals and finals. Morgan Finn (26-4) pitched every inning, firing back-to-back five-hitters while issuing one walk for the day. Finn went on to play softball at Lake Land, shortstop Taylor Freeman played softball at Parkland, left fielder Lindsay Barron played softball at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, first baseman Abby Williams played basketball and softball at Kankakee, catcher Brittany Morgan played softball at Kankakee Community College, third baseman Stacy Buck played rugby at Eastern Illinois University, designated hitter Jessica Redden played volleyball at Parkland and right fielder Ashley Runck played basketball at Parkland.

Sullivan girls' basketball, 1991

002 The Class 1A state champion Redskins were undefeated in 35 games and ranked 14th nationally by USA Today at season's end. Three starters on coach Scott Thomas' title team went to Division I programs: point guard Amanda Glazebrook to Illinois State, center Becky Clayton to Western Illinois (before transferring to Millikin) and forward Sheri Adams to Western Illinois (before transferring to Lake Land). Another regular, Tiffinie French, played at Danville Area Community College. Sullivan won by 16 points in the semifinals and 17 in the finals. Clayton had a still-standing area-record rebound total (491) that still ranks fifth on the IHSA all-time single-season list. The school had two athletes among the top 10 in voting for Illinois Ms. Basketball: Clayton was the runner-up, and Glazebrook was seventh.

Schlarman baseball, 1992

003 Right-hander Jeff Burke (12-3) pitched a shutout in the state quarterfinals and the Hilltoppers (25-10), coached by Mark Goodwin, placed fourth in the Class 1A state tournament.

Urbana baseball, 1985

004 The Tigers, coached by Gary Ring, were 11-7 and the regional runners-up, but left-handed junior Darren Hursey (4-4) produced a fantastic semifinal performance in a 5-0 no-hit win against Bloomington. All 21 outs were recorded via strikeouts. Hursey walked five.

Centennial boys' basketball, 1984

005 The Chargers, coached by Coleman Carrodine, were 26-4 and advanced to the state quarterfinals. The team was led by senior All-State Player of the Year Roger McClendon, a McDonald's All-American who went on to a standout career at Cincinnati.

Mahomet-Seymour wrestling, 1983 and 1984

006 The Bulldogs, coached by Marty Williams, won back-to-back team state crowns to start a stretch of five championships in seven years. Williams compiled a mind-boggling 189-4 dual-meet record as M-S established a still-standing mark with 109 consecutive dual triumphs.

Champaign Central football, 1981

007 The third of four consecutive playoff appearances for Tommy Stewart-coached teams, this squad won a still-standing school-record 10 games and advanced to the state semifinals in Class 5A. The ramrods were future NFL player Todd Peat, a lineman who occasionally played fullback, and Chad Little, a punter who later lettered four years at Illinois.

St. Joseph-Ogden boys' cross-country, 1991

008 Coached by Jim Acklin, the state champion Spartans set what was then the Class 1A scoring record (46 points) and had an unprecedented six all-state runners: Brian Allen (fourth), Melvin Goodman (seventh), Rick Walden (15th), Joel Kary (17th), Nick Smith (21st) and Tim Mies (23rd). The team was ranked 13th nationally.

Salt Fork girls' basketball, 1996

009 In the first year of the Catlin and Jamaica co-op, two players from each school started, along with Crystal Gladson, a transfer from St. Joseph-Ogden. The Storm, coached by Dawn Eakle and husband Barry, finished 26-4 following a double-overtime super-sectional loss to Seneca. Jamie Todd earned Associated Press all-state honors and was one of three squad members to produce 20-point performances, along with Gladson and Yvonne Tarr.

Urbana boys' track and field, 1979

010 Senior Tyke Peacock was worth the price of admission. He won the Class 2A state high jump title (7 feet, 1 inch) with one of the 10 best leaps in state history, regardless of class. Earlier in the year, he had the sixth-best leap ever by an Illinois prep, 7-2 1/4.

Tuscola football, 2006

011 In a championship game between unbeatens, coach Stan Wienke's Tuscola team overpowered Aledo 35-20. John Wienke passed for 384 yards and four touchdowns.

Unity boys' basketball, 1995

012 Coach Don Akers' team tied the school record for wins in a season (27-4) while winning a sectional title. The Rockets' top scorer was 6-foot-7 senior Brian Cardinal, who sported a 24.2-point average. The school's first 27-win season came when Cardinal was a junior.

Shiloh girls' basketball, 1997

013 Senior Missy Barrett completed a remarkable streak of 88 consecutive games with a three-pointer. Coach Dick St. Clair's 21-6 team won a regional title. Barrett averaged 32.1 points per game.

Champaign Central boys' swimming, 1997

014 Coach Jeff Trigger's team placed third at state, the school's highest finish ever in the sport. Five Maroons secured top-10 finishes in at least one individual event: Brad Barker, Tom Lockman, Will Sensenbrenner, Mark Sinder and John Townsend.

Buckley Christ Lutheran girls' basketball, 2006

015 A first-year coach – who happened to be my son, Devin – coached the girls' basketball team to four wins in 23 games. He worked with a team that started the season with five players and finished with five players. The following year, the coach left the sideline to follow his calling as a pastor.

Danville boys' soccer, 1992

016 Travis Scofield scored a school-record 52 goals for a 20-1-1 team coached by Henry Coan and Dave Redenbaugh. His total remains the area single-season standard. The Vikings' only loss was in the sectional finals.

Centennial volleyball, 2009

017 Or 2008. Or 2007. Coach Stan Bergman's program has developed into the one area schools seek to emulate. The Chargers' 2009 season was the 11th in a row with 20 wins, the third in succession with at least 30, the second consecutive one with a sectional title and the second straight with the Area Player of the Year (Alexis Braghini in 2008 and Cori Harris in 2009).

Westville volleyball, softball girls' basketball, 2005-06

018 The Tigers won regional championships in all three sports, winning at least 23 games in each. The catalyst was junior Terra Ramsey, who a year later would graduate with an all-time record seven consecutive All-Area first-team berths. Shawn Skinner coached the basketball and softball teams. Allen Greenlee was the volleyball coach.

Rantoul football, 1987

019 Led by Area Player of the Year Adon Navarette (who rushed for 1,215 yards), coach Dick Hood's 10-3 Eagles advanced to the Class 4A semifinals. Jeff Taylor and Charlie Neitzel were Rantoul's top tacklers.

Champaign Central baseball, 1985

020 Coach Charlie Due's 28th season would be his last. Four months after the season, he died of a heart attack. One of the state's top- 60 winningest coaches, Due's career record was 358-208-2. The senior lettermen on his final team, which closed 9-11, were Mike Campbell, Lyndell Clemons, Pat Collins, Dave Hanoka, Todd Sackett and Greg Trick.

Fisher volleyball, 1992

021 Coach Jennifer Nigg's 29-5 team established the still-standing school mark for wins in a season while capturing the school's most recent sectional title in the sport. Senior Deanna Cornwell was chosen to the six-player All-Area first unit.

Centennial boys' basketball, 2009

022 The Chargers, coached by Tim Lavin, won the Class 3A state title and were led by three athletes who eventually would sign Division I scholarships: James Kinney (Ohio University); Rayvonte Rice (Drake) and Jeff Johnson (Eastern Kentucky). Centennial was 32-1.

Paxton girls' basketball, 1980

023 Angie Lee scored 32 points for coach George Young's 24-5 team, which lost 53-50 to Benton in the Class 1A state quarterfinals. The junior was named to the five-player all-tournament team.

Champaign Central boys' basketball, 2008

024 Coach Scott Davis' 26-8 Maroons finished third in Class 3A. Verdell Jones III, Keith Biggers and Donald Stewart each averaged in double figures for the two state tournament contests.

Argenta-Oreana girls' cross-country, 1992

025 Coach Henry German's Bombers won their only sectional title in the sport and raced to the best state finish by any girls' team in school history. Sarah Eliff, Karen Bloch and Maria Herber helped the Bombers take third in the Class 1A state finals. Bloch was the school's only four-time cross-country all-stater.

Crescent-Iroquois girls' basketball, 1992

026 The tiny school (enrollment 74) compiled a 30-2 record under coach Hanns Meyer and placed fourth in the Class 1A state tournament. Lisa Garrett, Marlene Garrett and Melissa Yates were among the top-10 scorers for three state tournament games.

Prairie Central volleyball 2000, girls' basketball 2001 and softball 2001

027 All three teams were led by a senior, Melanie Ward, who made history by becoming the first female athlete chosen to News-Gazette All-Area first teams in three sports during the same school year. She was the Player of the Year in volleyball but concentrated on basketball at Illinois State University.

Centennial football, 1998

028 The Chargers, coached by Mike McDonnell, scored 14 points in a Class 5A semifinal loss to eventual state champion Chicago Mount Carmel. Centennial's 12-1 record remains the school standard for wins in a season. Dustin Ward passed for 2,258 yards, and Dan Hornbuckle led the team in tackles.

Danville boys' tennis, 2003

029 Coach Ted Houpt's Vikings placed in a tie for third at state. The school's doubles entries swept the top two spots at sectionals with the duo of Jonathon Stanley and Sean Bush topping teammates Tyler Rossi and Chad Simpson. The sectional singles champion was Danville's Justin Free.

Champaign Central girls' tennis, 1998

030 The Maroons tied for fifth in the state thanks to the exploits of state runners-up Liz Fraker and Nicole Griglione. They won their first four doubles matches in straight sets (including three sets in which they didn't lose a game).

Centennial girls' tennis, 1994 and 1995

031 The Chargers, coached by Bill Carson, were 37-0 in duals in those two seasons and captured back-to-back state championships. In 1995, Kindal Shores placed fifth individually in singles.

Monticello softball, 2003

032 The Sages, coached by Buster Chumbley, lost a 2-0 super-sectional decision to eventual state champion Stanford Olympia. Monticello (36-2) featured two future Big Ten players: pitcher Molly Lawhead (Illinois) and outfielder Elizabeth Piatt (Northwestern).

Urbana girls' cross-country, 1982

033 Freshmen Melissa Straza and Sara Cogdal were the top two runners on coach Bill Kahn's team that won a district title and what is still the school's only sectional title in the sport. Junior Kate Douglas was the No. 3 runner. At state, Straza placed fourth and the Tigers were 16th as a team.

Centennial baseball, 1987

034 Coach Ben Bryan's team ended 13-14, but the pitching staff featured a future major leaguer (Matt Herges, 4-1) as well as two other future collegians (Andy Cotner, 6-3, and Rich Hyde, 2-6). Cotner and Hyde were seniors, Herges was a junior.

Danville boys' basketball, 1993

035 Coach Gene Gourley's 28-6 team placed third in Class 2A. Keon Clark made the all-tourney team, and DeMarko Wright was the team's top scorer in four state games with 53 points.

Champaign Central volleyball, 1994

036 The school's last super-sectional entry in the sport was 27-8 and led by Area Player of the Year Sigele Overstreet. Coach Mike Deterding's Central squad was unbeaten in 10 Big 12 Conference matches.

Shiloh girls' basketball, 1987-90

037 The Raiders, coached by Stan White for the final three years after he took over from Bobbi Mattingly, earned four straight state tournament trophies: fourth, third, second and third. Led by Ms. Basketball winner Courtney Porter, the Raiders were 119-6 during those four seasons.

Armstrong-Potomac baseball, 2001

038 The Trojans, coached by Bill Mulvaney, placed third at state behind the pitching exploits of Joey Frerichs (12-3) and Ryan Bird (11-3). For the season, Cory Roberts pounded six home runs for the 30-12 team.

Centennial boys' golf, 1988

039 Two-time individual state champion Jamie Fairbanks helped coach Bob Nelson's squad capture the team crown in Fairbanks' senior year by a single stroke over Edwardsville.

St. Joseph-Ogden girls' track and field, 2000

040 The Spartans, coach by Jerry Hewerdine, captured the Class 1A state title by one-half of a point, setting the stage for a historic double when the boys' team earned its own championship one week later at Charleston.

St. Thomas More girls' golf, 2007

041 Coach Pat Hettermann's team cruised to regional and sectional titles (winning each tournament by at least 31 strokes) and finished as the Class 1A state runner-up for the first of two consecutive seasons. Junior Katie Jean placed in a tie for fourth individually.

Unity wrestling, 1989

042 Coach Bill Billman's 21-5 team ended as the Class 1A dual-team state runner-up, losing in the finals to Mahomet-Seymour. Individually, the Rockets had a state champion (Terry Bagwell, 160) and a runner-up (Sean McKeon, 152), marking the first year the school had two individuals compete for a state title.

Centennial girls' swimming, 2003

043 Coach Don Waybright's team, unbeaten in dual meets, finished sixth at state for the second time in three years. Junior state champion Payton Johnson (100-yard butterfly) was a two-event medalist for the third consecutive year, a streak she'd increase in 2004.

Jamaica girls' basketball, 1994

044 Two 6-footers inside (Cindy Cheney and Robyn Talbott) complemented perimeter shooter Jamie Todd and playmaker Jennie Baird. Ranked as high as third in Class 1A, the Cardinals won 27 straight games before losing in the super-sectional. The team was coached by Dawn Eakle and husband Barry.

Jamaica girls' basketball, 1995

045 Returning every starter from the previous year, except Robyn Talbott, the team reached the Elite Eight and finished 27-4. The super-sectional win was against previously undefeated Illiana Christian.

LeRoy football, 1996

046 Coach Jim Zeleznik's 14-0 Panthers scored all of their points in the final nine minutes, overcoming a 14-0 deficit to defeat Central A&M 16-14. Jake Roop scored the first touchdown and both two-point conversions for LeRoy.

Arcola football, 1988

047 Coach Steve Thomas' 13-1 team shut out four of five postseason foes, including Carthage 15-0 in the Class 1A state championship where the opponents managed 74 total yards. Chad Hopkins rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown for the Purple Riders in the finals.

Urbana boys' soccer, 1989

048 Coach Randy Blackman's 16-2-1 Big 12 Conference champions were led by co-MVPs Mike Radanavong and Achim vonBodman. The Tigers were 8-0-1 in league matches.

Centennial girls' soccer, 2003

049 Coach Mark Sikora's 22-1-2 team won its fourth straight Big 12 Conference title and goalkeeper Brooke Wikgren kept 19 teams scoreless as the Chargers advanced to the Class 2A state quarterfinals, where they suffered their lone loss.

Sullivan girls' basketball, 1992

050 Coach Scott Thomas became the first – and only – girls' basketball coach from the area to guide teams into state title games two years in a row. Carinna Elder, who missed 22 games of the '91 championship season with torn cartilage in her knee (returning for the state quarterfinals), joined Sheri Adams, Tiffinie French, Allyson Glazebrook and Stephanie Monroe as the leaders of a Redskin team that lost in overtime in the championship game. Glazebrook later played at Drake.

Oakwood baseball, 1988

051 A year before the IHSA implemented a third-place game at state, coach Bob Sermak's 18-9 Comets lost in the Class 1A semifinals. Brent Vinson batted .500 overall, and Phillip Huchel set a school record with nine pitching wins.

Salt Fork boys' basketball, 2010

052 Coach Aaron Hird's 33-1 team won the Class 1A state title even though none of the five starters was playing in what is considered his best sport: Joel Learnard (baseball), Ryan Anderson (golf), Joe Pratt (baseball), Nathan Fathauer (track and field) and Josh Chandler (track and field). The same was true of the top two reserves: David Keenan (golf) and Josh Manning (football).

SJ-O boys' cross-country, 1992

053 Coach Jim Acklin's team successfully defended its Class 1A state title and had three all-staters: Brian Allen (seventh), Rick Walden (20th) and Joel Kary (22nd).

G-RF boys' cross-country, 1992

054 Coach Tom Kulbartz's team had a perfect score (15 points) in winning the Vermilion County meet and was top-rated in Class 1A. The Buffaloes had three of the first 11 finishers at state – Barry Pearman (second), Jason McKinney (sixth) and Curtis Vice (11th) – and ended second to SJ-O, a team G-RF finished ahead of at sectionals.

Rantoul softball, 2009

055 The Eagles, coached by Travis Flesner, were 25-13 and regional champions behind the pitching of junior Hanna Mennenga, whose 404 strikeouts were a single-season area record. Teammate Kelsey Gass belted an area-record 26 doubles.

Central boys' cross-country, 1991

056 Coach Dike Stirrett's Maroons won their most recent regional title and advanced to state, placing 15th. Central's five regional leading runners finished within three seconds of each other: Brian Calhoun, Josh Wyatt, Jason Sempsrott, Pete Billhymer and Todd Elrick. They were within 40 seconds of one another at sectional and reduced that gap to 28 seconds at state.

Central girls' soccer, 2003

057 Coach Adam Jenkins 14-9-1 team rebounded from a 7-8-1 start with seven successive wins while advancing to the Class 1A state quarterfinals. Senior Elisa McAuley and junior Carrie Peters were the Maroons' All-Area honorees.

Tuscola softball, 2008

058 Coach Lenny Sementi's 26-3 team outscored two sectional foes by a combined 19-2 margin and advanced to the Elite Eight, where it dropped a 2-0 super-sectional decision. Area Player of the Year Kelsi Hoey batted .525 and posted 25 pitching victories as a junior.

Centennial baseball, 1999

059 The Chargers, coached by Stan Lewis, lost in the state quarterfinals to eventual champion St. Charles, 4-1, which was St. Charles' closest game at state. Centennial's final record was 36-5.

Prairie Central baseball, 2003

060 The Hawks, coached by Tim McGuire, were 37-4 and fourth in Class 1A. Dylan Ward was the catalyst, compiling a 12-1 record and swatting 10 home runs.

Tuscola football, 2009

061 A Rick Reinhart-coached squad that entered the postseason with a 6-3 record ran the table, winning five consecutive games and the Class 1A state crown. Philip Meyer scored the tiebreaking TD with 4:41 left in the 14-7 win against Lexington.

Arcola football, 1985

062 Coach Steve Thomas' defensive-minded Purple Riders allowed four touchdowns in five postseason games, topping Durand 14-6 to cap a 14-0 season. Most of the yards were gained on the ground, with Mitch Thomas and Jon Monahan shouldering the bulk of the load.

Danville girls' track and field, 2010

063 Junior Destiny Carter turned in the most phenomenal one-person performance at state, winning one event in Class 2A (400 meters) and placing second in three others: 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump. Coach Wes Brown's team placed third.

Westville football, 2007

064 For the second consecutive year, coach Guy Goodlove's team carried a 13-0 record into a state title game. The Tigers were beaten by Dakota 50-12. Caleb Pratt rushed for a game-high 158 yards, ending his storied career with a state-record 8,477 career rushing yards.

Centennial girls' basketball, 2002

065 Coach Tim Fairchild's 31-3 team, ranked eighth in Class 2A, lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Hinsdale Central despite Annie Parrett's game-high 14 points.

M-S girls' track and field, 1980

066 Double-winner Sharon Farley (100- and 200-meter dashes) helped the Bulldogs win the Class 1A state title by a point. Coached by Robert "Moose" Handlin, the school's second consecutive championship team was known as "Moose's Runnin' Mamas."

GCMS/Fisher wrestling, 2010

067 The Falcons had four wrestlers compete in state championship matches. Champion Guy Kirby (140 pounds) was joined by Dylan Donner (103), Stephan Birt (171) and Cody Flynn (189). In the subsequent dual-meet tournament, coach Ryan Birt's squad placed second in Class 1A.

St. Thomas More boys' golf, 2008

068 Coach Tim Murphy's squad captured the Class 1A state title by 18 strokes. The Sabers were led by seniors Ryan Murphy (who tied for third) and Clark Schmidt (who tied for eighth).

Urbana football, 1993

069 Coach Wayne Mammen's 6-4 team was led by co-MVPs Antwon Booker and Kyle Harrison as well as the school's outstanding lineman award winner, Justin Barnhart. The Tigers shared the Big 12 East title with Rantoul, a team it shut out 21-0.

Centennial girls' basketball, 2003

070 Coach Tim Fairchild's 31-3 team, ranked ninth in Class 2A, lost in the quarterfinals to Belleville Althoff. Tamara Butler led the Chargers with 14 points.

Unity volleyball, 1981

071 This was the fourth Rockets team (out of five) in a six-year stretch to advance to the state quarterfinals. Though coach Liz Osborn's team did not place, it set a still-standing area mark for wins with a 37-5-1 season record.

Shiloh volleyball, 1988

072 The 30-2 Raiders were ranked sixth in the final Class 1A state poll and had three of the six All-Area first-teamers: Jill Barrett, Tammy Porter and Mindy Thompson.

Rantoul football, 1988

073 Coach Dick Hood's 10-1 team was in the second year of a streak of four consecutive playoff berths. The Big 12 East champions had the league's top passer (Deron Jones) as well as the top receiver (Jeff Taylor).

Monticello volleyball, 1982

074 Coach Lois Cryder's 26-2 team set a school record for wins that lasted a quarter of a century. All-Area standouts LeAnn Clifton and Angie Heitz were catalysts on a team that lost in the sectional finals.

St. Joseph-Ogden boys' track and field, 2000

075 The state title wasn't determined until the final leg of the 1,600-meter relay, the meet-ending event. Anchor Doug McDannald rallied coach Gary Garrison's Spartans from fifth to first during his 400-meter leg, and the triumph put SJ-O one point in front of Chicago Leo for team supremacy.

Centennial baseball, 1990

076 Coach Ben Bryan's 17-7 team was shut out in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Edwardsville. Matt Wooldridge batted .443 for the season, Ken Crawford pounded seven home runs, Keith Oye won eight games and Mike Alves saved four.

Mahomet-Seymour wrestling, 1989

077 The Bulldogs had five of the state's 13 Class 1A individual state champions: Brett Camden (125 pounds), Jason Heinold (130), James Heinold (135), Aaron Fancher (152) and Roy VanDeVeer (171).

Schlarman football, 1980

078 Coach Greg Colby's team won all 13 games, including a 21-6 decision against Amboy in the Class 2A finals. Center Matt Downey was the team's representative in the Shrine All-Star Game. Jeff Spisok, Mark Mayoras, Jac Hein and Kevin Layden were News-Gazette All-Area first-teamers.

Chrisman boys' cross-country, 1988

079 Coach Roger Beals' squad was the epitome of a team. The Cardinals had no individual among the 25 who earned all-state laurels, but they had enough talented runners to capture the Class 1A state championship.

SJ-O girls' cross-country, 1990

080 Coach Jim Acklin's top-ranked Spartans were third at the sectional but bounced back to win the school's only state title in the sport. SJ-O's all-staters were Marla McKinney and Ashley Wright, followed closely by Erin Fuller. Beth Rudnicke was also among the top 50 individuals at state.

Schlarman softball, 2007

081 Coach Randy Skaggs' 32-7 team broke the school record for wins in a season and dropped a 1-0 decision in the sectional title game to St. Joseph-Ogden. Seniors Kayla Nixon and Nicole Steele were the Hilltoppers' All-Area representatives.

M-S volleyball, 2005

082 Coach Genevieve O'Malley's 30-3 team was the winningest girls' team in school history in any sport. All-Area hitter Leah Rippy was the only area athlete for the season with at least 300 kills and 300 digs.

Central volleyball, 1993

083 The Area Player of the Year was senior Lori Greenwood, who pounded a still-standing single-season-area-record 549 kills for coach Craig Jones' 26-11 team.

Shiloh volleyball, 1987

084 Coach Brenda Winkeler's 32-2 Raiders, ranked ninth in the final Class 1A state poll, had two of six players chosen to the All-Area first team: juniors Tammy Porter and Mindy Thompson. A third junior, Jill Barrett, was a second-team pick for a school that was beaten in the state quarterfinals.

Danville football, 1986

085 Future Northern Illinois University quarterback Stacey Robinson led the Big 12 in passing (1,385 yards) as second-year coach Nate Cunningham's 7-4 team qualified for the Class 5A playoffs.

Hoopeston-East Lynn football, 1993

086 Fourth-year head coach Cliff McClure guided the 6-4 Cornjerkers to the playoffs for the second straight year, marking the school's most recent playoff berth. Seniors L.T. Garrett, Ricky Martinez, Juan Robles, Chris Timmons and Phil Tincher were All-Vermilion County first-teamers.

Hoopeston-East Lynn volleyball, 1989

087 Coach Beth Carpenter's 32-2 team, ranked sixth in the final Class 1A state poll, placed second. Jane Prasse (first team) and Robyn Read (second team) earned All-Area recognition.

Urbana football, 1991

088 Coach Wayne Mammen's 8-2 team was led by All-Big 12 quarterback Steve Waller and soccer/football athlete James Barkley (whose 40 points on kicks made him the football team's top scorer). Urbana allowed one touchdown in its final four games and lost its playoff opener 3-0 on a fourth-quarter field goal by Bloomington.

Monticello football, 1990

089 The Sages put together the second of three consecutive 12-1 seasons under coach Hud Venerable. The Class 3A semifinalists scored an area-best 365 points and had the area's top passer (Keith Hancock) and top receiver (Shawn Fatheree).

Schlarman football, 1988

090 Coach Mike High's 9-3 Hilltoppers had the state's leading receiver (Jason Thomas, 1,253 yards) and a quarterback who ranked third in passing yardage (Chad Gard, 2,417) but was No. 1 in touchdown passes (37, which was then a state record).

Rantoul boys' cross-country, 1983

091 Coach Al Taylor's team won Big 12 Conference and regional titles, led by senior front-runners Dave Quinn, Shawn Kirby and Ed Bodony.

Mahomet-Seymour football, 1977

092 Coach Frank Dutton's 12-1 team shut out top-ranked Stockton 19-0 in the Class 2A state title game. The lineup featured a 1,200-yard passer (Bob Slade) and two 1,000-yard rushers (Guy Davis and Eric Sayler).

Rantoul baseball, 1992

093 Coach Howard Owens' 23-10 team earned the school's only state tournament appearance, led by Most Valuable Player Jon Marchakitus, Most Improved Player Jason Tatar (the winning pitcher in the sectional finals) and the Eagles' gold glove winner, Nick Riddle.

Paxton boys' cross-country, 1980

094 Coach Fred Guyot's team, led by twins Mitch and Matt McClure, placed fourth at the Class 1A state meet. Mitch McClure was eighth at state.

Danville baseball, 1983

095 Coach Rich Dowers' 18-9 team (5-6 in Big 12 Conference games) hit a hot streak at season's end, winning regional and sectional crowns and securing what is the school's most recent state tournament berth. The Vikings were led by All-Big 12 picks Steve Clapp, Derrick Cunningham and Phil Haussy, all seniors.

Centennial baseball, 1995

096 Coach Stan Lewis' 27-7 team set the school record for wins in a season. Area Player of the year Quinn Moller led the Chargers to a regional title. Pitcher Steve Luke was also a first-team All-Area selection.

PBL boys' cross-country, 2006

097 Coach John Overstreet's team placed fourth at state in Class 1A for the first of two consecutive seasons. The Panthers had two all-staters: Tom Pacey (13th) and Nick Brehm (21st).

Danville baseball, 1984

098 Pitcher Randy Alpers (6-3) and catcher Jon Baumet formed the nucleus for coach Rich Dowers' 23-8 regional championship team that won the Big 12 East title.

M-S volleyball, 1993

099 Coach Pam Negangard's 25-4 team was ranked 15th in the final Class 1A state poll. Senior Laura Warren was an All-Area first-teamer.

St. Joseph-Ogden softball, 2010

100 Coach Randy Wolken's 34-4 team compiled the third-best team batting average in state history (.472) during a season when 12 of the 14 Spartans who batted hit at least .333. Sophomore Stephanie Canfield had 93 hits, the second-best one-season total in IHSA history.

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CenIllSportBuf wrote on July 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Come on Fred! You mean a team that was at the bottom of the Big 12 five years ago and has risen to the top, united a community, and through their efforts, brought respect back to the people of it's town (the 2009 Danville Viking Football Team) can't crack your top 100??? Wow. Just Wow!! I guess some places are harder to gain respect than others...

cardinalfan wrote on August 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Wow--two big ones are missing! Chrisman boys basketball #2 and #3 state tournament finishes in 1985 and 1987. Also, Jamaica girls basketball 2nd place finish in the IHSA state basketball tournament in 1980. And it seems like a State Champion such as the 2010 Salt Fork boys basketball team should be more memorable than #52 on your list.

tuscolian4ever--- wrote on September 07, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Apparently you did not attend the super sectional basketball game between # 1 ranked Springfield Calvary Vs. # 7 Tuscola. When Tuscola came from 18pts down at the start of the 4th quarter and came back to beat Springfield Calvary by 2, behind the scoring of Matt Washburn who had 28, Stever Weemer who had 19, Roger Warner who had 18 and Brian Hatfield who had 15. Another team that you forgot to mention was the 1980 Atwood Hammond football team which won state...

cardinalfan wrote on September 16, 2010 at 4:09 am

But in fairness, these are Fred's favorites. You've done a good job over the years reporting Fred.