Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer

Wolken among local coaches built to thrive

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:

Dick Duval


Life Remembered: Adam Jenkins

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.

Video: Fall Postseason Highlights

Re-live St. Joseph-Ogden's run to the state championship, Mahomet-Seymour boys' cross country's historic state meet, Ema Rajic's record-breaking day and more of the area's biggest postseason highlights.

State final TV footage/commentary: Courtesy IHSA

2016 Final Top 10: Boys' soccer

Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis levies his final rankings for the 2016 area boys' soccer season:

2016 boys' soccer all-conference/county teams

BIG 12

2016 final area boys' soccer statistics


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

2016 All-Area boys' soccer Player of the Year: Danville's Caleb Griffin

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.

2016 All-Area boys' soccer teams

All-Area first team
Max Berry    M    Sr.    Judah Christian
Adam Cheek    F    Sr.    Blue Ridge

2016 All-Area Boys' Soccer Coach of the Year: Urbana's Randy Blackman

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.

Meet the first team: 2016 All-Area boys' soccer

A look at the 12 local boys' soccer athletes to make our All-Area first team this season: