Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

1. Mahomet-Seymour boys’ cross country — Tied a state record with six all-state runners and were a few seconds away from having seven en route to a Class 2A state title. Then, the Bulldogs took 17th at Nike Cross Nationals.
2. St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ cross country — The Spartans won their second Class 1A state championship and third trophy in three years.
3. St. Joseph-Ogden softball — Spartans won their third state trophy in six years with a second-place Class 2A finish behind a fearsome lineup filled with Division I recruits.
4. Champaign Central baseball — One of the shocks of the year came when the Maroons made a run to state behind a balanced team, finishing fourth in Class 3A.
5. St. Joseph-Ogden baseball — The Spartans took second in Class 2A for the second straight season.
6. Unity girls’ cross country — Rockets followed up last year’s state title with a runner-up Class 1A finish.
7. Monticello boys’ basketball — Behind a big, athletic front line, the Sages made a run to the Class 2A state tournament, where they finished fourth.
8. St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball — Spartans overcame Sweet 16 jinx before ending season at Redbird Arena with second-place finish in state in Class 2A.
9. Monticello football — Sages won their first 12 games before falling to juggernaut IC Catholic in the Class 3A semifinals.
10. St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ track and field — Depth gave the Spartans third in Class 1A despite some disappointing finishes, their second straight trophy in a row.

1. Ema Rajic, Uni High swimming — State record-holder in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM will have her choice of schools as she heads into her senior year.
2. Anaya Peoples, Schlarman girls’ basketball — Point guard will head to Notre Dame in three years.
3. Tim Finke, Champaign Central boys’ basketball — Consensus top 100 basketball recruit will choose his school soon.
4. Bailey Dowling, St. Joseph-Ogden softball — Softball POY committed to Alabama before her high school career began.
5. Mica Allison, St. Thomas More volleyball — The 6-foot-1 setter will call Auburn home after one more season at STM.
6. Arieal Scott, Urbana girls’ basketball — Duke commit is a safe bet to lead the area in scoring during her upcoming senior season.
7. Hunter Woodard, Tuscola football — Offensive tackle picked Oklahoma State this spring just as his recruitment heated up.
8. Julian Pearl, Danville football — The 6-foot-7 offensive lineman has already committed to play for Lovie Smith at Illinois.
9. Rylee Hinton, Champaign Central volleyball — Champaign Central hitter has committed to play for Illinois starting in the 2019 season.
10. Brooks Coetzee, Mahomet-Seymour baseball — Rising senior and Notre Dame commit has talent in the outfield and at the plate.

• Mahomet-Seymour — Class 2A boys’ cross country team champions
• St. Joseph-Ogden — Class 1A girls’ cross country team champions
• Ema Rajic, Uni High girls’ swimming — 100-yard breaststroke and 200 individual medley champion
• Justin Cardani, Centennial wrestling — Class 2A at 106 pounds
• Luke Luffman, Urbana wrestling — Class 2A at 220 pounds
• Griffin Meeker, St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling — Class 1A at 182 pounds
• Nicholas Jackson, Champaign Central track and field — Class 2A in the high jump
• Tyler Carrel, Urbana track and field — Class 2A in the pole vault
• Logan Hall, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond track and field — Class 1A in the 3,200-meter run
• Mason Barr, Ridgeview/Lexington track — Class 1A in the 300-meter hurdles
• Tate Walcott, Ryan Benton, Kale Grunloh, Mason Barr, Ridgeview/Lexington track — Class 1A in the 400-meter relay
• Arielle Summitt, Uni High track and field — Class 1A in the 800 meters
• Diamonasia Taylor, Urbana track and field — Class 2A in the high jump
• Aliyah Welter, Monticello track and field — Class 2A in the pole vault

1. Annemarie Michael, Uni High — Girls’ cross country runner of the year made the All-State Academic first team.
2. Ema Rajic, Uni High — Standout girls’ swimmer was published in Science Magazine this summer.
3. Kendyl McFarland, Monticello — All-Area girls’ golfer also made the All-State Academic First Team
4. Andie Bolton, St. Thomas More — Multi-sport athlete was named All-State Academic Honorable Mention.
5. Derek Jones, Argenta-Oreana — Basketball player was Saluditorian and was named All-State Academic Honorable Mention.
6. Andrea Coursey, St. Joseph-Ogden — Two-way standout in volleyball and softball had straight A’s all throughout high school.
7. Faith Ayodele, Centennial — Ayodele excelled in the classroom and the basketball court and will throw for Illinois State next year.
8. Jessalyn Davis, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley — Davis participated in three sports all four years and held a GPA over 4.0.
9. Adrienne Squier, Champaign Central — Earned seven varsity letters and maintained a 4.0 GPA.
10. Krista Smith, Westville — Volleyball and softball star also shined in the classroom.

1. Shanice Garbutt, Danville — Pint-sized runner uses descriptive imagery in interviews like few other high school athletes.
2. Doug Wallen, Champaign Central — Boys’ basketball standout was always a go-to interview, even on his new team this year.
3. Henoc Mondika, Centennial track — Barely knew English a year ago, but this year, he was one of the best interviews in the area.
5. Nathan Graham, Monticello — The area’s top receiver on the area’s top team also gave great insight.
6. Colton Hale, St. Joseph-Ogden — His graciousness in defeat showed through after the state championship game.
7. Hannah Dukeman, St. Joseph-Ogden — She’s only a freshman, but the softball and basketball star can tell a tale.
8. Justin Cardani, Centennial — Cardani speaks with the confidence of a pro wrestler.
9. Logan Hall, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond — State champ is always happy to take you inside his race.
10. Ayanna Kelley-Weatherspoon, Urbana — Sprinter is never short on enthusiasm.

1. Anaya Peoples, Schlarman girls’ basketball — Notre Dame commit earned All-Area POY honors this season.
2. Luke Luffman, Urbana wrestling — Expect more to come from the Class 2A 220-pound state champ.
3. Jordan Harmon, Unity girls’ cross country/track and field — Led Unity to a second-place finish in Class 1A cross country before medaling twice in state track in 2A.
4. Sean Houpt, Danville boys’ basketball — Only non-junior varsity player for a Danville team that made a Class 4A sectional final appearance.
5. Rylee Hinton, Champaign Central volleyball — Future Illinois outside hitter will lead an up-and-coming Champaign Central squad next season.
6. Nakaya Hughes, St. Thomas More track and field/girls’ basketball — High jump state qualifier and basketball star has plenty of potential.
7. Bryson Cowper, Centennial boys’ basketball — Point guard will step into a starring role for the Chargers basketball team next season.
8. Anthony Turner, Danville wrestling — Moved up to 120 pounds this year and took fifth in Class 2A.
9. Jyanna Anderson, Urbana girls’ track and field — Medaled in the Class 2A 200-meter dash and 800 relay.
10. Mathias Powell, Mahomet-Seymour boys’ track and field/cross country — Took fourth in the Class 2A 3,200-meter run and the 18th in Class 2A cross country meet.

1. Bailey Dowling, St. Joseph-Ogden softball — Led the area in average (.650) and set an area-best mark in home runs (22).
2. Tyler Carrel, Urbana boys’ track and field — State-winning pole vault clearance of 15 feet, 10 inches was the best for a freshman in the country.
3. Katelynn Young, Oakwood girls’ basketball — The promising post player will have her choice of colleges to pick from by the time she graduates.
3. Diamonasia Taylor, Urbana girls’ track and field — Won the Class 2A state high jump title with a clearance of 5 feet, 8 inches
4. Capria Brown, Schlarman girls’ basketball/track and field — The major-conference basketball recruit also made state in the hurdles.
5. Kenli Nettles, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond girls’ track and field — Took third in the Class 1A high jump and ranked near the top of the state.
6. Chanice Willis, Champaign Central girls’ basketball — All-Area first teamer is one of the area’s premier leapers on the basketball floor.
7. Olivia Rosenstein, Urbana girls’ cross country/track and field — Led Urbana with a 15th-place finish in state cross country.
8. Hannah Dukeman, St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball/girls’ basketball/softball — Is skilled behind the plate in softball and running the point in basketball.
10. Elyce Knudsen, Unity girls’ basketball/softball — The talented basketball shooter hit .396 in softball.

1. Tyler Carrel, Urbana — Freshman offered advice to pole vaulters who didn’t have coaches helping them.
2. PBL track coaches — Offered help and equipment to Tuscola vaulters at a meet this season.
3. Bismarck-Henning boys’ and girls’ basketball — Each Blue Devil team took home the Vermilion County sportsmanship award.
4. St. Thomas More boys’ soccer — The Sabers took home the IHSSCA Section 5 Sportsmanship Award.
5. Brady Crain, Westville — All-conference basketball player maintained a positive attitude after he was injured early on.

1. Conor Steinbaugh, Georgetown-Ridge Farm — The senior capped off his baseball career with a .551 batting average and a 0.86 ERA to go along with high-scoring games in basketball.
2. Centennial girls’ swimming team — Chargers sent six to the state meet in the pool at the most congested time of the high school sports schedule.
3. Oakwood Baseball — The Comets crawled out to a slow start, making their run to a Class 1A sectional title all the more surprising.
4. Argenta-Oreana volleyball — Finished 22-8 to win the most games in school history.
5. Trey Houmes, Hoopeston Area — Houmes took fifth in the Class 1A 3,200-meter run but was overshadowed by the area’s plethora of strong distance runners.
6. Caleb Fauver, Salt Fork — Multi-sport standout for the Storm always seemed to thrive, no matter the environment or competition.
7. Wrestling medalists — Eight area wrestlers unbelievably made the state championships, leaving us short on coverage for the other area medalists.
8. Zach Griffith, Fisher — Key linchpin of Fisher boys’ basketball winning a Class 1A regional title for first time since 2012.
9. Judah Christian girls’ soccer — The Tribe had their best season in program history and posted double-digit win total.
10. Rantoul boys’ track and field — The Eagles 1,600-meter relay team of Raul Castillo, Garet Kinnett, Jared Motley and Jerry Harper had the top time in the area and placed seventh at Class 2A state meet.

1. Class 3A Sauget Super-Sectional baseball — Champaign Central trailed Mascoutah 6-0 early, but scored six runs in the last two innings to win 13-6 and make state for first time since 1968.
2. Class 2A volleyball state semifinal — After St. Joseph-Ogden lost the first set to Belleville Althoff, 25-10, Kylie Michael came alive with 17 kills to send the Spartans to the state final.
3. Danville over Curie Pontiac Tournament — The Vikings’ boys’ basketball team pulled a holiday stunner, knocking off the state’s top-ranked Class 4A team 71-55 in the quarterfinals to advance at prestigious tournament.
4. St. Thomas More at West Hancock, Class 2A state football playoffs — The Sabers looked down and out in the first round of the playoffs, but Clavin Davis’s halfback Hail Mary pass found Mike Lamb, who tipped the pass to himself and bulldozed his way into the end zone in the final seconds for a 44-38 win.
5. Paxton-Buckley-Loda vs. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, Class 2A basketball regional final — With the GCMS gym packed for a contest between the Ford County rivals, this game didn’t disappoint. After the Panthers took the lead, GCMS had two chances to tie in the final seconds but both missed to give PBL a 43-40 win.
6. Class 2A boys’ state high jump — Champaign Central’s Nicholas Jackson went back and forth with Marmion’s Seth Groom and prevailed with a clearance of 6 feet, 9 inches.
7. Class 2A boys’ state pole vault — Urbana’s Tyler Carrel vaulted his way to a 9-inch personal best to become the nation’s top freshman.
8. Class 2A girls’ basketball sectional semifinal — Featuring two teams, Monticello and Oakwood, that came into this game at St. Thomas More with a combined 47-8 record, the Sages had the last laugh en route to a 50-41 win and a spot in the Sweet 16.
9. St. Teresa at Tuscola football — In a Central Illinois Conference regular season game in Week 7 featuring two unbeaten teams, the host Warriors prevailed 33-14, shutting down St. Teresa standout Jacardia Wright to 1 yard while Tuscola QB Kaleb Williams rushed for 196.
10. Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth Sectional softball — Facing a 29-1 Eureka team, the St. Joseph-Ogden softball team relied on stead pitching from Tori Witruk and a clutch hit from Emmy Graver to win 1-0 and advance to the Elite Eight.

1. Cam Barnard, Champaign Central boys’ swimming — Barnard considered not swimming his senior season before improving by 2.47 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly to finish fourth in the state.
2. Henoc Mondika, Centennial boys’ track and field — Wasn’t on the state radar a year ago after moving from Congo, but medaled in the Class 3A 400-meter dash this year.
3. Justin Cardani, Centennial wrestling — Cardani didn’t medal last year. This season, he rarely gave up a point that he didn’t give intentionally and finished an undefeated state championship in Class 2A.
4. DJ Lee, St. Thomas More football — Louisville shocked Lee with his first scholarship offer before he eventually chose Idaho late in his senior year. Lee made the playoffs for the first time, leading the Sabers to the Class 2A quarterfinals.
5. Champaign Central baseball — A team that lost most of its top hitters and pitchers surprised the area baseball scene by making a run to state — after trailing their regional opener by two runs in the bottom of the seventh and finding themselves down to their last out.
6. Argenta-Oreana football — The Bombers had won three games combined in the last two years but reeled off an impressive 8-2 record in 2016.
7. Janika Peitzmeier, LeRoy — The German foreign exchange student improved on her preliminary time in the 100-meter hurdles by almost a full second to win the Class 1A state title.
8. Colton Hale, St. Joseph-Ogden baseball — The third starter a year ago for the Spartans who only had one hit turned into SJ-O’s ace and best hitter while helping the Spartans place second in Class 2A.
9. Caleb Hanson, Monticello football — Playing behind Brandon Wildman for most of his high school career, the Sages quarterback threw for more than 3,200 yards and 37 TDs for Class 3A state semifinalists.
10. Oakwood girls’ basketball — A year after finishing 10-20, the Comets went 26-5, winning the Vermilion County Tournament for the first time since 1987 and the program’s first regional title since 2009.

1. Caleb Griffin, Danville boys’ soccer — 18 goals from a center back is unheard of.
2. Brandon Trimble, St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ basketball — Nearly threw up at halftime while dropping 51 points on Quincy Notre Dame at State Farm Holiday Classic.
3. Bailey Dowling, St. Joseph-Ogden softball — If she replicates her 22 home runs, which were third most all time in a season, as a sophomore, she’ll already be 12th on the IHSA career list.
4. Adam Cheek, Blue Ridge boys’ soccer— The forward’s 51 goals last season rank 20th all time in IHSA history.
5. Andrea Coursey, St. Joseph-Ogden softball — Illinois State signee leaves Spartans with most RBI in state history (244)
6. Andrew Zenner, Paxton-Buckley-Loda baseball — Literally can’t get better than the right-hander’s 0.00 ERA over 51 2/3 innings.
7. Dalton Hoel, Tuscola baseball — After stealing 44 bases, the junior worked his way into the IHSA’s top 20 all-time. He’ll likely be top 10 by the end of next year.
8. Izaack Kitchens, Bismarck-Henning football — Running back compiled an area-best 1,860 yards on only 161 carries for a whopping 11.5 yards per carry.
9. Shayne Smith, Tri-County girls’ basketball — Her 5.6 steals per game topped the next finisher of either gender by 1.1.
10. Gressa Olson, Centennial girls’ soccer — At first, the senior’s 19 assists don’t look unbelievable. But considering she only played about half the season, it’s pretty impressive.

• D’Nija Parker, Danville, 16 — Was known for her love of basketball and bright disposition.  
• Jacob Hamilton, Mahomet, 16 — The junior on the Bulldogs’ soccer team enjoyed sharing his love for the sport with others.
• Luke Miller, Champaign, 15 — The Centennial archer is remembered for his kind personality.
• Dave Lietz, Tuscola, 65 — Officiated and volunteered for baseball, softball, basketball, track and field, and cross country.
• Adam Jenkins, Champaign, 43 — The former Champaign Central boys and girls soccer coach and 1991 Centennial graduate played a huge role in pushing youth soccer development in this area.
• Duane Hupp, Oreana, 56 — Argenta-Oreana assistant football coach could be counted on for help with anything across the athletic department.
• Kevin Peters, St. Joseph, 57 — The 1977 St. Joseph-Ogden graduate officiated high school baseball and basketball, including the girls’ state basketball tournament three times.
• Harbert Jones, Rantoul, 73 — “Coach Cool Breeze” always had a calm demeanor but a caring attitude.
Jabril Donald, Rantoul, 19 — The Rantoul boys’ basketball team’s biggest supporter had a gregarious personality.
• Brian Hodge, Hoopeston, 47 - The Hoopeston athletic director was always helpful, no matter the request.
• Fred Schooley, Champaign, 75 — Schooley was a well-liked teacher and former assistant and head girls’ basketball coach at Champaign Central.

1. Randy Wolken, St. Joseph-Ogden — The Spartans’ only ever softball coach won his third state trophy in six years and topped 1,000 career wins this past season.
2. Neil Garrison, Mahomet-Seymour boys’ cross country — The Bulldogs had six all-staters, and nearly had seven, en route to a Class 2A state title.
3. John Staab, Champaign Central baseball — The veteran coach made a run to state for the first time since he was in high school. And that was back in the 1980s.
4. Jason Retz, St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ cross country — Retz has helped turn the Spartans into a powerhouse, which was reinforced after winning Class 1A state title last fall.
5. Josh Haley, St. Joseph-Ogden baseball — The Spartans made a repeat run to the Class 2A state championship game with nearly an entirely new lineup.
6. Abby McDonald, St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball — A team that returned only two starters made their first-ever state tournament appearance and placed second in Class 2A.
7. Kelly Steffen, St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ track and field — Deep teams require lots of coaching, and without a star, Steffen led the Spartans to a state trophy for the second straight year.
8. Kevin Roy, Monticello boys’ basketball — Roy led the Sages to their first ever trip to state, a journey hardly anyone outside of Piatt County anticipated.
9. Ted Houpt, Danville boys’ basketball — Houpt and a team of nearly all juniors turned around the program and reached a Class 4A sectional final before losing to Edwardsville and Illinois recruit Mark Smith.
10. Cully Welter, Monticello football — Welter has made the playoffs in each of his eight seasons with the Sages, but he out-did himself by leading Monticello to its best season in program history.

1. Dave Richmond, Aaron Allen, and Leonard Winchester, St. Joseph-Ogden softball — Randy Wolken doesn’t do it alone. His staff has played a hand in those 1,012 wins, whether it’s coaching first base, pitchers or even driving the bus.
2. Kerry Rodeffer, Champaign Central baseball — Closed out his coaching career with a trip to the state tournament.
3. Stephanie Maday, Tuscola softball — After pitching for Eastern Illinois, Maday helped guide Tuscola to 31 wins.
4. Stan Wienke, Tuscola track and field — He may not coach football any more, but Hunter Woodard’s throwing medal was the 25th time an athlete has picked one up under Wienke’s watch.
5. Seeff Grauer, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley track and field — It’s always a tough task for an assistant to take over a program, and that’s exactly what Grauer did when coach Erica Kostoff was out of commission for part of this season.
6. Stephanie Marsh, Oakwood girls’ basketball — Youth, no matter how talented, needs plenty of coaching, and Marsh helped coach Jeff Ford coach a young team to a 26-5 record and Vermilion County and regional titles.
7. Kevin Feeney, Luke Marry, Monticello boys’ basketball — Two former Sages helped coach Kevin Roy’s program make a memorable March run — and they had a courtside view the entire time.
8. Mitch Pruemer, St. Joseph-Ogden baseball — Josh Haley’s right-hand man is a key reason why the Spartans seem to churn out college baseball pitchers on an annual basis.
9. Nick Lindsey, Unity football — What’s another good sign of the quality program Scott Hamilton runs? Having one of his assistants — Lindsey in this case — get the head coaching job at small-school power Arcola.
10. Michael Masters, Ryan Parker, Rantoul boys’ basketball — Another 20-win season was in the cards for Brett Frerichs’ program, and this duo was a key reason why the Eagles had success again

1. Randy Wolken, St. Joseph-Ogden softball — Veteran softball coach was the first in the state to reach 1,000 wins.
2. Doug Wallen, Champaign Central boys’ basketball — Became Champaign-Urbana’s all-time leading boys’ basketball scorer and leaves with 1,906 points.
3. Brandon Trimble, St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ basketball — Set St. Joseph-Ogden’s career scoring record with 2,115 points with an incredible senior year.
4. Leonard Sementi, Tuscola softball — Picked up career win No. 350 while helping guide the Warriors to 31 wins.
5. Tuscola football — Became the state’s fourth team to win 700 games.
6. Tyler McCormick, Ridgeview boys’ basketball — Point guard closed storied career in the 1,000-point club.
7. Mike Allen, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley — Won his 100th football game for the Falcons.
8. Chad Cluver, Watseka — Boys’ basketball coach won his 300th career game.
9. Jake Sellett, St. Thomas More — Set a school record with his 22 career shutouts in goal for the Sabers boys’ soccer team.
10. Grace Schroeder, Iroquois West — The girls’ basketball standout ended her four-year career as the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer with more than 1,600 points.

1. Jon Davis, Oakwood — Former track state champ finished 16th and was the top freshman at the NCAA championships in the 5,000 meters for Illinois.
2. Justin March-Lillard, Danville —  Second-year linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs dealt with injuries, but still picked up 22 tackles last season.
3. Kandie Bloch-Jones, Argenta-Oreana — Took fifth at the Big Ten Championships for Illinois with a clearance of 5 feet, 10 inches.
4. Dalton Parker, St. Joseph-Ogden — Struck out 43 in as many innings for Purdue in his freshman campaign.
5. Chuckie Robinson, Danville — Hitting .274 with eight home runs for the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits and made league’s All-Star team.
6. Tori McCoy, St. Thomas More — Averaged 8.9 points and 4.8 rebounds and started in the NCAA tournament for Ohio State women’s basketball before transferring to Marquette.
7. Taylor Edwards, Arcola — Pitcher for Illinois softball compiled a 14-2 record and 2.67 ERA in sophomore season, helping the Illini reach the NCAA tournament again.
8. Colton Carr, St. Joseph-Ogden — Started and won the NJCAA Division II baseball national championship for Kankakee Community College.
9. Cameron Lee, Oakwood — After graduating from Illinois State, Lee will attend training camp with the Bengals.
10. Payton Woods, Champaign Central — State champion swimmer in 2016 had superb freshman season at Michigan State, setting the 50-yard freestyle program record in 19.83 seconds.

1. Urbana girls’ track and field/cross country — Don’t be surprised to see a few state trophies from these teams in the coming years.
2. Schlarman girls’ basketball — A state appearance has taken longer than some thought, but expect one next year.
3. Uni High boys’ soccer — Miraftab-Salo twins and Co. may be gearing up for another memorable season for the Illineks.
4. Oakwood girls’ basketball — Major conference recruit Katelyn Young has a youthful team around her.
5. St. Thomas More boys’ cross country — Top six return for a state qualifying team in Class 1A.
6. Argenta-Oreana Football — The 8-2 Bombers only lost six varsity players.  
7. St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ basketball — Expect this programs to join others at the school and make deep playoff runs.
8. Mahomet-Seymour girls’ soccer — Player of the Year Meredith Johnson-Monfort returns with a loaded lineup next spring.
9. Oakwood football — Running back Skylar Bolton and quarterback Chase Vinson return after first playoff appearance in six years.
10. Unity boys’ basketball — Rockets might be the Okaw Valley favorites next year with trio of JT Wheeler, Jon Decker and Steven Migut returning.

(Combined football, basketball, baseball wins)
1. Paxton-Buckley-Loda 59 (9-21-29)
T-2. Champaign Central 53 (4-19-30)
T-2. Monticello 53 (12-23-18)
4. Tuscola 52 (11-16-25)
5. Danville 51 (8-22-21)
6. St. Joseph-Ogden 50 (5-18-27)
7. Bismarck-Henning 49 (8-22-19)
8. Mahomet-Seymour 47 (6-22-19)
9. Westville 43 (10-18-15)
10. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 41 (8-22-11)

(Combined volleyball, basketball, softball wins)
1. St. Joseph-Ogden 82 (31-16-35)
2. Watseka 80 (36-23-21)
3. Tuscola 69 (16-22-31)
4. Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 67 (24-22-21)
5. Tri-County 58 (27-26-5)
6. Oakwood 55 (18-26-11)
7. Blue Ridge 53 (29-15-9)
8. Unity 51 (20-14-17)
9. Cissna Park 48 (26-22-x)
10. Bismarck-Henning 46 (12-23-11)
NOTE: x-indicates sport in which school does not compete

(Combined wins boys’ programs, girls’ programs and total)
1. St. Joseph-Ogden (50-82-132)
2. Tuscola (52-69-121)
3. Watseka (33-80-113)
4. Paxton-Buckley-Loda (59-38-97)
T-5. Bismarck-Henning (49-46-95)
T-5. Monticello (53-42-95)
T-5. Oakwood (55-40-95)
8. Champaign Central (53-38-91)
9.  Danville (51-36-87)
10. Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (19-67-86)

■ “I noticed that I was winning and I knew that there was only a short time left … I just wanted to see if someone could get a good picture, anything just to remember the moment.” — Centennial wrestler Justin Cardani on the reason he held his opponent over his shoulder and turned toward the cameras near the end of his state championship win.
■ “Mostly, if you know anybody in Danville, you know everybody else. If you know one person, then you know people they know. Everybody knows everybody. (I know) probably 80 percent of people in Danville, maybe 90 percent.” — Danville point guard Kendle Moore on his connection to his hometown.
■ “After racing, everything comes back to your body and you feel broken. It was brutal. I felt like all of the elements were against me, but as long as you keep pushing through and you don’t slow down, you’ll be fine.” — Danville sophomore Ameia Wilson after running the 400 at an early-season meet at Urbana.
■ “He’s gotten a mention here and there, but until this year, he’s kind of been in the shadows. I told Nicholas, ‘You don’t need any of that stuff. ... Sometimes you get the reward early, and it’s not done yet. You know where you’re headed, you’ve put in the training, and you know what you’re capable of.’ And so it’s just worked out. It’s just awesome. I’m just trying to get used to it right now.” — Mark Jackson after his son, Champaign Central senior Nicholas Jackson, won the Class 2A state high jump title.
■ “We had a routine that, every Friday, I would pick her up and we would walk over to the gymnasium. We would spend about 45 minutes just laughing and talking about her day, shooting baskets, and she would look forward to it every Friday. Then afterwards, we would go get ice cream.” — Schlarman coach Keith Peoples on his daughter, Notre Dame commit Anaya Peoples, when she was just beginning to play basketball.
■ “I’m little and the wind was just going to take me and throw me in the grass. So I made sure I tucked behind her the whole race, and he told me it was my decision the last two laps whether I was going to take it out or stay behind. I decided to take it out because I wanted it, and it was my race.” — 5-foot Danville runner Shanice Garbutt on her race strategy.
■ “Some people were asking me, ‘Henoc, what was your workout last summer? Because you dropped so much time off your PR,.’ Actually, I didn’t work out. I was just sitting home, hanging out with friends. I wasn’t expecting to PR like this.” — Centennial senior Henoc Mondika on his huge time drop this season in the 400-meter dash, in which he placed ninth in Class 3A.
■ “There were a lot of practices where he was bent over with his hands on his knees. Part of me was thinking, ‘I hope he toughs it out,’ because he was struggling. He works as hard as anyone on the team, and he fought through those first few weeks, because we had some tough practices.” — Champaign Central swimming coach Dave Young on Cam Barnard, who finished fourth at state in the 100 butterfly after considering not going out for the team.
■ “I don’t think it’s hit me yet. Some of these kids have been fighting for this for the past three seasons. We’ll celebrate for a few days and get right back at it to be ready for Redbird.” — St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball coach Abby McDonald after her team won a Class 2A super-sectional match against Deer Creek-Mackinaw to advance to the state tournament.
■ “Jarron’s a different one, but he’s a tough cookie. He won’t show his (intelligence), though, unless you start talking science with him, and then it’s over. He’ll go on forever, but he’s a good guy. He’s our best defensive player on the ball, and he has some huge moments.” — Monticello guard Johnny Dawson on teammate Jarron Roy before the Sages boys’ basketball team played in their first-ever state tournament game.

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