Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer

Prep pulse: July 9, 2018

Though it's early July, the number of high school sports that aren't far from kicking off the 2018-19 school year would make one's mind spin.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review


1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.

STM's James Johnson picks his World Cup favorites

At least according to James Johnson, who knows what it's like to win soccer matches. The St. Thomas More coach for both the boys' and girls' programs guided the Sabers to a combined 44-8-2 record this past school year. Before the 2018 World Cup starts at 10 a.m.

Top of the Morning, May 25, 2018

No doubt RANDY BLACKMAN had an impact on Urbana athletics. A huge impact.

This weekend, the retiring soccer coach will be celebrated with a string of local events.

It starts at 6 p.m. today with a happy hour at Bunny's Tavern.

Barkley introduced as Urbana boys' soccer coach

URBANA — Replacing the only boys' soccer coach in Urbana High School history will fall on the shoulders of James Barkley.

Barkley was introduced on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the second-ever coach in program history.

The move is contingent on approval from the Urbana School Board at its next meeting on April 17.

Top of the Morning, March 27, 2018

Installation of the first soccer lights at Dodds Park started Friday. Then it snowed.

"The process is at the mercy of the weather," Illinois Futbol Club board member John Moore said Monday. "Once the ground dries out a bit, the technical crew will continue with installation. Hopefully, we're talking about first light up within the next week or two."

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.