Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer

Bacys has Danville's seal of approval

DANVILLE — For the last 11 years, B.J. Luke sat at the top tier of Danville High School sports.

That changed last week when Luke retired from his role as athletic director. It didn't take him long to espouse the new man in charge.

"He'll do a nice job for us," Luke said. "And he dresses better than I do."

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2017-18 school year

We're getting close to starting another school year, which means prep sports are on the horizon. When area golf teams are able to kick off their respective campaigns come Aug. 9, things officially will be in full swing.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

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.

2018 N-G All-Area Girls' Soccer team

A photo collection of The News-Gazette's 21st All-Area girls' soccer team

N-G Final Top 5: Girls' soccer

1. Mahomet-Seymour (21-3); Previous: 1

COMMENT: Despite Meredith Johnson-Monfort's late-season injury, the Bulldogs still collected their third consecutive Class 2A regional title.

2. St. Thomas More (21-5-1); Previous: 2

N-G girls' soccer coach of the year: Mahomet-Seymour's Joey Gruner

Why he's Coach of the Year: For the third consecutive season, Gruner keyed the Bulldogs to a Class 2A regional championship — this time without star scorer Meredith Johnson-Monfort, who was injured late in the title match.

21st News-Gazette All-Area girls’ soccer team

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM 

ATHLETE YR. POS. SCHOOL

Emma Blomberg Sr. D St. Thomas More

Kathryn Dullerud Sr. M/F Uni High

Naomi DuPree So. M Champaign Central

Sarah Hohenstein Sr. G Mahomet-Seymour

Brianna Hopper Sr. G St. Thomas More

M. Johnson-Monfort Sr. M/F Mahomet-Seymour

21st News-Gazette all-area girls’ soccer team: All-Big 12 conference selections

FIRST TEAM

Goalkeepers

SENIOR: Emma Spader, Normal Community.

JUNIOR: x-Bekah Nielsen, Normal West.

Field Players