Villa Grove/Heritage football coach resigns

VILLA GROVE — Chad Musselman has resigned as the football head coach at Villa Grove/Heritage.
He made the announcement to his players on Monday at a morning weight lifting session.

"It's something I have kicked around for about three years," Musselman said. "Each year, the recovery got slower and slower and I'd think, 'Maybe this is it.' I decided it was time to make the decision."

New Chargers coach: 'We're up to the challenge'

CHAMPAIGN — Call Lekevie Johnson a believer.

“All things are possible,” the recently hired Centennial High School football coach said.

Five years ago, however, he wouldn’t have seen himself in this position.

“There are others that have probably been around as long as I have,” Johnson said, “but here we are.”

Bulletin board: Urbana athletes make choices

URBANA — Four Urbana High School athletes will sign letters of intent Wednesday to continue their athletic careers in college. Football players Moaso Bumba and Cedrick Fry will remain teammates at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. Another football player, Malik Harris, is heading to the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

Top of the morning, April 23, 2015

Hayden Schaumburg’s comeback from a spinal injury continues to startle those around the teen-ager.

“Just short of a miracle,” Watseka High athletic director Barry Bauer said.

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Centennial tabs Johnson as new football coach

CHAMPAIGN — Lekevie Johnson couldn’t stop smiling on Friday.

Particularly when the topic of Centennial football was broached.

That’s because Johnson is the new head coach for the Chargers, with Centennial hiring him Friday to replace Mike McDonnell.

“Any time somebody says that,” Johnson said in reference to his new coaching title, “it makes me feel good.”

Eureka move shakes up conferences

The constant on the prep sports scene, it seems, is change.

Earlier in the school year, Maroa-Forsyth announced it’s leaving the Okaw Valley Conference after the 2015-16 school year.

That conference will operate with five schools.

This week, officials at Eureka confirmed intentions to withdraw from the Corn Belt Conference following the 2015-16 school year.

Bulletin board: Judah keeper among state's elite

CHAMPAIGN — Judah Christian soccer goalkeeper Cara Nash has 347 career saves and has moved among the state’s all-time top 20.

“Last year was her first ever playing soccer, so this stat is through one year and six games,” Judah coach Lee Bergfield said.

Her save totals are down during early-season matches, but Bergfield said it’s not a reflection on the junior’s play.

Best of Fred: No. 18 — The greatest comeback

There’s a large group of former area prep athletes who have resurfaced as area prep head coaches.

It has been a neat perk for me to follow these individuals from the times they were being coached to the times they were doing the coaching.

Spring prep: Taking the show on the road

HOMEWOOD — No Homewood-Flossmoor alums litter the Illinois football roster this spring.

Some of Tim Beckman’s players, though, are well-versed with the setup at the south suburban high school that sits a half-hour from Chicago and serves as host of today’s Illinois practice, which gets going at 6 p.m.

Mikey Dudek watched a high school playoff game there two years ago.