UI roundup: Three Illini selected for U.S. volleyball tryouts

CHAMPAIGN — Three Illinois volleyball players will be among the 234 athletes competing at the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout from March 2-4 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Set to compete are setter Jordyn Poulter, rising opposite Megan Cooney and libero Morgan O’Brien.

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.

Ex-STM star nets state honor

Before Mica Allison began her senior season with the St. Thomas More volleyball team, coach Stan Bergman was preparing Allison's resume.

Allison kept building on that throughout a 2017 campaign that ended with a Class 2A state championship win, and it paid off one more time Tuesday.

Allison is ahead of the curve

CHAMPAIGN — Mica Allison is among a number of area athletes who has signed to play a sport at the college level. She's part of an even smaller faction that will compete at the Division I level, suiting up for the Auburn volleyball team.

But what makes the St. Thomas More senior stand out from the rest is she has graduated early and is already living at the Alabama-based campus.

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 clikas@news-gazette.com.

36th News-Gazette All-State volleyball team


N-G All-State Player of the Year: Niego's on the grand stage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Charley Niego spent the end of last week in the epicenter of all things volleyball.

At least for a few days.

The big draw, of course, was the Final Four of the NCAA tournament — particularly with eventual champions Nebraska involved. The 'Huskers can draw a crowd in the Midwest.

Prep pulse: Centennial's Hall of Fame

Each Monday ahead of a new week of high school sports, preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS checks in with the latest from the local scene:

Top of the Morning, Dec. 16, 2017

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing newsroom at News-Gazette Media. Today: Prep sports coordinator Colin Likas.

COLIN LIKAS spent three years helping design and edit our nationally recognized sports section. But his goal out of Butler University was to write, calling it "a passion of mine."

On campus: Dec. 9

Three area athletes were recently honored by the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin in their respective sports.