BLOOMINGTON — The IHSA, in some quarters, is viewed as the Evil Empire.
It’s a perception that is prevalent among those with gripes about an organization in its 114th year of existence.
Some criticize the IHSA for its multiplier policy that is applied to non-boundaried schools.
Others don’t like the number of championships that are permitted in a particular sport.
The final day of the Major League Soccer draft came and went Tuesday without Jacob Bushue’s name being called.
That hasn’t lessened the resolve of the former Centennial standout to play professional soccer.
With the help of his agent, the Indiana University graduate will attempt to land an invitation to an MLS preseason camp as a free agent.
CHAMPAIGN — Coming to a field or stadium sooner than expected: the revamped Big 12 Conference.
The expanding high school athletic league will have conference schedules in play in 20 of 21 sports when another school year starts in August.
Urbana, junior, midfielder
Why he made it: All-sectional selection was a unanimous All-Big 12 Conference pick based on his ball-striking ability with either foot. A second-year starter, he had nine goals and a team-high 11 assists for a 14-7-2 team that advanced to the sectional finals.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Guided his alma mater to the school’s first regional championship, followed by a berth in the sectional finals in which the Cornjerkers were ousted from the Sweet 16 on a goal with less than a second to play by the school (Herscher) that eventually placed second in Class 1A.
URBANA — Saul Downie is all about involvement and commitment.
Whether in soccer or as a resident in his hometown community, Downie is an active participant.
Urbana’s soccer coach, Randy Blackman, learned long ago that he could trust Downie with whatever role was needed.
URBANA — Urbana’s boys’ soccer team will have to wait at least one more season to return to the state tournament.
The Tigers lost 1-0 to Rochester on Saturday in a Class 2A sectional final.
“We just didn’t find the net,” Urbana coach Randy Blackman said.
URBANA — Playoff soccer seems to bring out the best in Urbana.
The Tigers, who finished second at state a year ago, stayed on track to get back with a 3-1 win against Normal University High on a wet Wednesday.