UPDATED: Bergman departs St. Thomas More volleyball for Mahomet-Seymour

CHAMPAIGN — When Stan Bergman walked off the Redbird Arena hardwood on Nov. 10, 2018, following St. Thomas More volleyball’s three-set victory over Nashville in the Class 2A third-place match, he had no inkling it would mark his final match in charge of the Sabers.

“I didn’t even give it a thought,” Bergman said Tuesday, “until I heard that the position opened up in Mahomet.”

Outgoing LOVC members name new conference

Fifteen members of the present-day Little Okaw Valley Conference now have a new banner under which they’ll compete moving forward.

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, these institutions will be part of the Lincoln Prairie Conference. League president Matthew Shoaff, Okaw Valley’s principal, announced the title through a Tuesday press release.

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2018-19 school year

Below is All-Area content from the 2018-19 high school sports season, put together by members of The News-Gazette staff. Spring sports packages will be available by, at the latest, early July.

Central standout Chopra gives word to Wolverines

CHAMPAIGN — There always was a good chance Mira Chopra would play volleyball at the Big Ten Conference level.

Among the four schools the Champaign Central sophomore was seriously considering were Michigan, Maryland and Indiana.

Wolverines coach Mark Rosen now can boast being the Chopra sweepstakes winner.

Chopra commits to Michigan volleyball

Champaign Central volleyball standout Mira Chopra committed to Michigan volleyball on Sunday night.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore middle hitter announced her decision on Sunday night via her Twitter account.

Chopra compiled 172 kills this past season for the Maroons, helping Central win a Class 3A regional title for the second straight year.

37th News-Gazette All-State volleyball team

First Team


Leilani Dodson (Nazareth Academy, Jr., 6-2, MB): BYU commit had 316 kills, 176 digs, 75 blocks and 36 aces for 31-win Roadrunners

2018 N-G All-State volleyball Player of the Year: Plainfield Central's Taylor Landfair

PLAINFIELD — The first time Erik Vogt saw Taylor Landfair at a Sports Performance Volleyball Club clinic the Plainfield Central coach was sure she was one of the soon-to-be high school freshman.
Landfair looked the part. Both in stature — she was around 6-foot-2 at the time — and in what she was doing on the volleyball court.

Prep pulse: Dec. 24, 2018

Overshadowed by recent news of IHSA football going to a district scheduling format was a report just a short time earlier that affects many other high school sports.

Last Monday, the IHSA released enrollment classifications for fall sports during the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 school years. This is the first piece of the IHSA's new two-year classification format.

2018 All-Area volleyball teams

All-Area First Team


Emma Bleecher Fr. OH Unity

Hannah Brackenhoff Sr. L/DS Blue Ridge

Kayla Brandon Sr. OH St. Thomas More

Rylee Hinton Sr. MH Champaign Central

Caroline Kerr Fr. S St. Thomas More

Savannah Matthews Sr. OH Mahomet-Seymour

Sarah Porter Sr. OH Armstrong-Potomac

Taylor Powell Sr. OH ALAH