Thanks to his grandfather's ongoing volunteer role in Pebble Beach, Calif., Champaign Central High School sophomore Victor Smith was invited to serve as a standard bearer at this year's U.S. Open.

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Thanks to his grandfather's ongoing volunteer role in Pebble Beach, Calif., Champaign Central High School sophomore Victor Smith was invited to serve as a standard bearer at this year's U.S. Open.

Plenty of folks throughout Monticello are no doubt thrilled after getting to stake their claim to some athletic history. The high school in Piatt County — and Loren Tate's alma mater — hosted a trophy giveaway on Wednesday, necessitated by some housekeeping tied to a renovations referendum that was approved last year.

The Prep Tour is a youth golf series that draws some of the best and brightest duffers from around the state — and occasionally beyond.Franklin Middle School eighth-grader Wade Schacht certainly deserves to have those two adjectives placed next to his name after his recent achievement.

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.

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.

Each week ahead of a new week of high school sports action about to take place, preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS checks in with the latest from the local scene:

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAMATHLETE    YR.    SCHOOLConnor Birky    Sr.    GCMSCaden Ellis    Sr.    SullivanJosh Kilcullen    Sr.    Prairie CentralJustin McCoy    Jr.    Champaign Central

Name, School Rnds Ave.C. Ellis, Sullivan 18 35.7Pinter, Westville 20 37.0Richardson, Tri-County 17 37.7McCoy, Central 28 37.8Nelson, University High 22 37.8Birky, GCMS 16 37.9Kilcullen, Prairie Central 12 38.6Z. Rogers, Bement 17 39.3Vanwinkle, Rantoul/PBL 19 39.9Burcham, Sullivan 18 40.1

Former Urbana High great Frank (Bill) Richart was honored posthumously at halftime of Friday night's football game. In Ann Arbor, Mich., 95-year-old Betty Richart celebrated as if she was part of the McKinley Field ceremony.