N-G Top 10: Final volleyball rankings — Cissna Park best

1. Cissna Park (2)    33-4    Underclassmen led team in kills, digs and assists
2. Watseka (1)    35-3    Seniors led team in kills, digs and assists
3. Schlarman (3)    29-6-1    Senior led team in kills; junior led in assists

All-Area Volleyball: Final conference standings

Big 12 Conference
Normal Community    9-1    36-5
Normal West    9-1    27-7
Bloomington    8-2    27-9
Cham. Central    7-3    30-8

All-Area Volleyball: First team, second team, special mention, honorable mention

First Team
NAME    SCHOOL    YR.    HT.    POS.
Taylor Bauer    Watseka    Sr.    6-0    OH
Heidi Dague    Tri-County    Sr.    5-11    MH

All-Area Volleyball COY: Cissna Park's Josh Landon

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Directed the 34-5 Timberwolves to the Sangamon Valley Conference title and a third-place finish in Class 1A at state.

All-Area Volleyball POY: STM's Lexi Wallen

CHAMPAIGN — If Lexi Wallen can do it, then there’s hope for other aspiring college athletes.

The possibility stems from an opportunity to receive a college scholarship in a sport that wasn’t the person’s entire focus throughout high school.

Final area volleyball statistics

Player, School    Kills    Avg.
Lexi Wallen, STM    501    5.83
Peyton Jones, Oakwood    299    5.07
Laura Gross, Schlarman    335    4.93
Kylie Michael, SJ-O    271    4.84

N-G All-State Volleyball: Meet the first team, second team, special mention and honorable mention

Lauren Anderson    Deer Creek-Mackinaw    Sr.    5-10    OH    Lipscomb recruit had team-high 419 kills and 376 digs for 36-3 Class 2A state champions

N-G All-State Volleyball POY: Molly Haggerty

GLEN ELLYN — Molly Haggerty stands lone atop the list of the state’s elite volleyball players.

The Wheaton St. Francis standout is one of the two juniors on the senior-dominated 33rd News-Gazette All-State team. Haggerty is also the Player of the Year after leading the Spartans — ranked 30th nationally — to a third consecutive Class 3A state championship.

Plenty of reasons to give thanks

In our sporting region, it’s not a stretch to find reasons to be thankful.

This area continues to nurture outstanding athletes, both at the high school level and beyond.

The question is not who are they, but rather where to begin?

Here’s a condensed sampling, starting with some who have already graduated from high school:

Kroner: All-Area teams will have new look

Change is inevitable.

Some of us embrace it. Some resist it.

The only certainty is that it’s coming, often in ways we cannot currently even imagine.

The newspaper business is no exception.

We used to write stories on a typewriter, and a composing room person would set the words in type.