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.

Final N-G volleyball Top 10: Dec. 2, 2018

Prep coordinator Colin Likas breaks down the final rankings for area teams in 2018:


1. St. Thomas More, 37-5 (2)

Sabers couldn't repeat as state champions in Class 2A, but still walked away with a third-place plaque.

STM junior Trame gains from giving with FCA

CHAMPAIGN — Port-wine stain birthmarks are witnessed, according to studies, on roughly 0.5 percent of every 1,000 newborns.

St. Thomas More junior Allie Trame falls into the affected category.

The mark shows on the right side of her lower lip, and below that on her neck.

It doesn't affect her daily life. She often doesn't discuss it with others.

Meet the first team | 2018 N-G All-Area volleyball

Emma Bleecher

Freshman outside hitter | Unity

Why she made the team: Bleecher quickly made an impact as the Rockets' lone varsity freshman, leading

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

Final area volleyball leaders: Dec. 2, 2018


(Minimum 2.00 average)

Player, School Kills Avg.

Taylor Powell, ALAH 413 5.10

Katelyn Young, Oakwood 235 5.00

Raeanne Allen, D-W 325 4.85

Kennedy Bauer, Watseka 350 4.73

Sarah Porter, A-P 372 4.54

Emily Meidel, BHRA 285 4.52

Savannah Matthews, M-S 338 4.33

Grace Burnside, Tri-County 270 4.29

2018 football, volleyball, boys' soccer schedules/results


Aug. 25    vs. South Beloit        W 42-0        1-0

Central's Hinton is on the fast track

CHAMPAIGN — Rylee Hinton had to wait 528 days between committing and signing to play volleyball at Illinois. The Champaign Central senior's wait to start her Illini career, though, will be significantly shorter.

STM volleyball rebounds, collects third place at state

NORMAL — Perhaps Stan Bergman’s athletes hadn’t quite moved beyond their most recent outing when they stepped onto the Redbird Arena hardwood on Saturday afternoon.

St. Thomas More volleyball would not be a back-to-back state champion. Pleasant Plains extinguished that dream the day prior.