Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer

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.

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' soccer teams



Bennett Anderson Sr. M/F Urbana

Francisco Andrade Sr. F Centennial

Artem Burnett So. GK Urbana

Caleb Griffin Sr. D/M Danville

Joe Hoffman Sr. F St. Thomas More

Ethan Mansfield Jr. M Mahomet-Seymour

Omeed Miraftab-Salo Sr. M Uni High

Coach of the Year: Randy Blackman, Urbana

Why he's Coach of the Year: In his 32nd and final season leading the Tiger boys' program, Blackman assembled one of his finest squads. The Tigers (16-5-3) fell one win shy of the program's fourth sectional crown, capturing their 11th regional championship in the process.

All-conference, All-county accolades for boys' soccer


(x-unanimous selection)


First Team

SENIORS — Aleck Bailey (Lincoln); Brandon Bussman (Mahomet-Seymour); Trevor Burgess (Mahomet-Seymour); John Silva (Mount Zion); Tate Sloan (Lincoln); Jack Thain (Charleston);

Boys' soccer: Final N-G Top 10

N-G Final Top 10

Preps coordinator Colin Likas offers his final rankings for the 2017-18 boys' soccer season:

1. Urbana (16-5-3): Bennett Anderson (16 goals, 13 assists) and Magnus Parente (18 goals, nine assists) will graduate, leaving junior Pablo Diaz (nine goals) as the top returning scorer in 2018.

Final 2017 Area boys' soccer leaders



Joe Hoffman, St. Thomas More 43

Rahi Miraftab-Salo, Urbana Uni 37

Colin Budd, ALAH 36

Drew Reifsteck, BHRA 31

Chase Stiner, St. Joseph-Ogden 25

Austin Carr, Mahomet-Seymour 24

Francisco Andrade, Centennial 23

Paul D'Angelo, Urbana Uni 22

Kevin Sanchez, Danville 21

All-Area boys' soccer: Anderson enjoys the ride

URBANA — It typically takes time for an athlete and coach to have their first confrontation. Perhaps a disagreement over team rules as a freshman, or a difference of opinion on play-calling as an upperclassman.