Allison makes U.S. roster

Mica Allison played volleyball last summer for the United States at the Under-18 World Championships in Argentina.

She’ll get another chance to represent the U.S. on the international volleyball stage this summer.

Making history: Stillman set to become Maroons' first female athletic director

CHAMPAIGN — Jane Stillman admits her decision to apply for Champaign Central's open athletic director position wasn't as simple as throwing her name in the proverbial hat.

"I went back and forth. I won't lie about that," said the 10-year Central assistant principal, who has served the institution for 15 years altogether by way of coaching roles in basketball, soccer and track.

Former Maroons leader Deterding returns

CHAMPAIGN — The next Champaign Central volleyball coach knows quite well what it took for the Maroons to capture their most recent sectional championship, back in 1994.

He was the man in charge at the time, after all.

Mike Deterding has been confirmed as Central's next volleyball leader, starting a second stint with the club 20 years after his first one concluded.

Allison slated to become Monticello volleyball leader

MONTICELLO — It was the perfect storm, really.

Monticello volleyball was seeking its fifth coach since the 2006-07 season after Tom Welsh stepped aside following a single campaign in charge.

And Kim Allison was hoping to spend some time away from her suddenly-empty house after watching daughter Mica win a Class 2A volleyball state championship with St. Thomas More.

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