Likas | A volley of talent at area programs

Champaign County and prep volleyball. Right now, they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Mica Allison is off at Auburn after a successful career with St. Thomas More.

A perfect start: Illini running back, ex-Centennial volleyball standout begin life as newlyweds

CHAMPAIGN — Wedding planning was conducted around football for Dre and Lindsay Brown. A three-week window in May for the redshirt junior running back and his Centennial grad fiancée quickly became one.

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."

Likas | Close-knit siblings thriving on separate stages

CHAMPAIGN — Sanjiv Chopra's face lights up when he discusses his two children.

He and his wife Archana have plenty of reason to smile when chatting about their son Varun and daughter Mira. Not only are the two strong in their academics and willing to engage just about anyone in conversation, but they also are on a path to becoming Division I siblings.

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.

Prep pulse: July 9, 2018

Though it's early July, the number of high school sports that aren't far from kicking off the 2018-19 school year would make one's mind spin.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review


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.

Allison makes final roster cut for U20 United States national team

AGUASCALIENTES, MEXICO — When Mica Allison earned a spot on United States volleyball's Under-18 national team last summer, she admitted it was a bit of a surprise.

One year later, Allison had a shot to land on the U-20 roster.

"I'd be pretty disappointed if I didn't make it this year," Allison said.

No issue there.

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.