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.

Migut's now an Army man

TOLONO — Steven Migut knew last August when he committed to play college football at Army that things wouldn't be easy. Not only would there be the matter of participating in Division I as a scholarship-earning quarterback, but there's also a guaranteed five years of active military service following graduation.

GCMS standout McNutt signs with Illinois football

GIBSON CITY — How could the 2017-18 school year get any better for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley senior Mitch McNutt?

First, he was a key cog in the Falcon football team’s run to a Class 2A state championship. Then, he earned News-Gazette Player of the Year honors for piling up the area’s most rushing yards (1,693) and touchdowns (32), including a trio of scores in the title game.

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: Feb. 5, 2018

Preps coordinator Colin Likas returns with his latest Best of the Bunch, which this week celebrated the efforts of local wrestlers in regional action.

Danville's Griffin commits to Illinois football

DANVILLE — Lovie Smith’s Illinois football program already was going to net plenty of rooting interest from the Danville area after Viking senior Julian Pearl signed with the program in December as an offensive lineman.

But after fellow Danville senior Caleb Griffin’s college selection Friday, those in Vermilion County now will have a double-dose of Vikings suiting up for the Illini.

His socks will tell the story

DANVILLE — Caleb Griffin has made a college decision about where he will continue his football career. Danville's multi-sport star — he also plays soccer, basketball and baseball for the Vikings — just wants to announce it on his terms.

Prep pulse: Johnson carves out niche in coaching at Lake Land

David Johnson recognized at a young age he couldn't play basketball forever.

Though it was "by far my passion," he had no visions of grandeur.

So it was back in seventh grade when Johnson, who went on to graduate from Rossville-Alvin High School in 1984 after competing in basketball, football, baseball and track, decided coaching might be his walk of life.

Judah Christian part of new, eight-man football league

Less than a month after adding a football team to its stable of athletic programs, Judah Christian has found a conference to play in — but it's not part of the IHSA.

Signing Day: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at

Likas on preps: Welter's humility stands above peers

MONTICELLO — There's no way Cully Welter would miss the ceremony for his induction into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, right?