Champaign Paralympian says Rio Games may be her last

CHAMPAIGN — Many people refer to Nichole Millage as an Olympian.

She prefers the correct term — Paralympian.

A member of Team USA's sitting volleyball squad since 2005, Millage, 39, will compete for the third time with her team in the Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, where the Summer Games just wrapped up.

Tuesday's prep highlights: SJ-O soccer powers past Monticello

In volleyball

Cissna Park Tip-Off

At Cissna Park
■ Armstrong-Potomac 2, Christ Lutheran 0. Holley Hambleton had two kills and eight digs and Madi Gayheart contributed nine assists and nine digs for the Trojans in their 25-12, 25-8 win.

STM's new AD makes himself at home

CHAMPAIGN — Ben Sankey had two bags for much of his 20s, and in those bags sat all of his belongings.

A call could come at any time that changed his life, whether that be a call to the coaches’ office or the ringing of his cellphone, telling him he’d been traded or a team was interested in his services. He had to remain ready.

Zilis' top area volleyball setters

Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis breaks down some of the area’s top setters this season:   

Mica Allison, Jr., St. Thomas More – The 6-foot Auburn commit ranks as one of the top setters in the nation. While splitting her time between hitter and setter last season, she piled up 356 kills at 4.14 per set.

Zilis' volleyball storylines: Michael wants to finish strong

Michael, Spartans set sights on postseason run

ST. JOSEPH — While her father, Tom Michael, makes the daily commute from St. Joseph to Eastern Illinois University every day for his job as athletic director, Kylie Michael doesn’t frequent Charleston nearly as much.

N-G volleyball top 10 (Aug. 23)

Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis offers his early ranks as a new season begins:

Unity vs Bismarck-Henning Volleyball

Unity Volleyball vs Bismarck-Henning, Monday, August 22, 2016. Unity won two matches to one. 

Aug. 25 prep sports chat

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:30pm

Fall sports are underway for the 2016-17 school year. What football teams might contend for a state title? Will Champaign Central football replicate its run to the Class 5A state semifinals from a year ago? Who are some of the top volleyball teams and players? Will Urbana Uni High boys' soccer advance to the state tournament again?

Prep preview, week of Aug. 22

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:

TODAY: St. Thomas More at Judah Christian, boys’ soccer