Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis levies his final rankings for the 2016 area boys' soccer season:
PLAYER, SCHOOL G
Adam Cheek, Blue Ridge 51
Max Berry, Judah 32
Ethan Norton, Danville 31
Rahi Miraftab-Salo, Urbana Uni 29
Ndumiso Madela, Urbana 23
Blake Reifsteck, B-H 23
Bailey Crose, Hoop. Area 20
DANVILLE — Caleb Griffin picked off a pass near midfield and surged forward out of his center back position during the Danville boys’ soccer team’s second match of the season, a bout with eventual sectional champion Quincy Notre Dame.
All-Area first team
ATHLETE POS. YR. SCHOOL
Max Berry M Sr. Judah Christian
Adam Cheek F Sr. Blue Ridge
Why he’s Coach of the Year: In his 31st year at the helm, Blackman won his 400th game and led the Tigers to a massive improvement. Urbana went 19-4-1 and was the best team in the area throughout its Big 12 Conference and Class 2A Champaign Central Regional championship season.
A look at the 12 local boys' soccer athletes to make our All-Area first team this season:
The Villa Grove/Heritage co-op is up for renewal in the spring, but both districts want different things from the co-op moving forward.
Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis said his district would like the co-op to be a full co-op and include volleyball, common colors and a common mascot.
Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts now excelling in college:
Rod Lovett doesn’t want to get ahead of himself.
But by the time Saturday arrives, Lovett and the Parkland athletic department he oversees could enjoy a monumental moment. Or two. Or three.
The NJCAA Division I men’s soccer national championship match is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday. Parkland could win that.