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UPDATED: Longtime Central AD Woods to depart in July

CHAMPAIGN — After 24 years helming Champaign Central’s athletics sector, John Woods is going big and heading north.

The Centennial graduate and longtime Maroons athletic director has accepted the same position at Libertyville High School, located in a north Chicago suburb. Woods will step aside as Central’s AD on July 1, pending school board approval.

Signing Day: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at

Prep pulse: Centennial's Hall of Fame

Each Monday ahead of a new week of high school sports, preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS checks in with the latest from the local scene:

Top of the Morning, Dec. 16, 2017

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing newsroom at News-Gazette Media. Today: Prep sports coordinator Colin Likas.

COLIN LIKAS spent three years helping design and edit our nationally recognized sports section. But his goal out of Butler University was to write, calling it "a passion of mine."

11 local schools to leave LOVC; new conference anticipated

After a week’s worth of speculation, as well as submissions of withdrawal from two local schools, 13 other institutions have opted to leave the Little Okaw Valley Conference after the 2018-19 academic year.

Villa Grove, Heritage plan to leave LOVC; more departures expected

In its fourth academic year, the two-division Little Okaw Valley Conference is facing major change. At least two schools in the 18-institution league have filed for withdrawal, and more notifications could be on the way.

2017 All-Area Boys' Golf teams

All-Area First-team

Andy Bunton, Danville Sr.

Conor Butts, Champaign Central Sr.

Hunter Keith, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin Sr.

Justin McCoy, Champaign Central So.

Adam Woller, Mahomet-Seymour Sr.

Noah Wright, Monticello Sr.

All-Area Second-team

Caden Ellis, Sullivan Sr.

DJ Nelson, Uni High Jr.

2017 All-Area Boys' Golf: Coach of the Year

Coach of the Year: Mike Osterbur, Champaign Central

2017 All-Area Boys' Golf: Player of the Year

CHAMPAIGN — All it took was one look, and Mike Osterbur knew he may have a star on his hands.

2017 All-Area Boys' Golf: Stat leaders

Name, School Rnds Ave.

L. Richardson, Tri-County 13 36.2

C. Ellis, Sullivan 24 37.7

Poindexter, LeRoy 14 38.1

Wright, Monticello 16 38.1

Nelson, University High 20 38.4

Pinter, Westville 12 38.4

Bunton, Danville 32 38.6

Reynolds, Clinton 14 38.7

McCoy, Central 24 38.8

Kafer, Prairie Central 17 39.0

Butts, Central 22 39.1