Randy Wolken moved closer to 1,000 career wins with St. Joseph-Ogden softball’s 9-4 triumph at Mattoon on Monday, his 998th while leading the Spartans. Before SJ-O plays at Unity on Tuesday, a look at five ex-area coaches who shined at their respective schools:
CHAMPAIGN — Josh Alford has served as the assistant director of coaching for local soccer club Illinois FC, was head coach at Champaign Central and Parkland College, and today is an assistant women’s coach at South Carolina-Aiken. It’s likely none of that would have been possible without the influence of Adam Jenkins.
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.