Preps coordinator Colin Likas explores 10 noteworthy topics in the area high school sports world from the calendar year 2022 that was.
The Sages' football field, soccer pitch, baseball diamond and softball field all will receive turf playing surfaces, with the soccer field moving inside the school's track.
Check out which local athletes earned recognition for their performances across this season.
A look at the individuals who have been recognized as top local boys'/co-ed soccer coaches each season, dating back to 2011.
A look at the individuals who have been recognized as top local boys'/co-ed soccer players each season, dating back to 1997.
A look at the players recognized by each group of local conference and county coaches.
Here's how preps coordinator Colin Likas ranks the area's leading programs for the last time in the 2022-23 school year.
Kowalski's first season running the Tigers' boys' program saw them win a regional championship and earn a No. 1 playoff seed despite graduating nearly all of their previous season's starting lineup.
William Arana could've stayed in his native Guatemala with his parents. Instead, he opted to travel to the United States and pursue his soccer goals, resulting in him becoming a standout with the Tigers.
Learn more about the 11 individuals who constitute the best of the best in the local boys'/co-ed soccer scene this school year.
Meet St. Thomas More's correspondent for High School Confidential, Jose Andino Guerra, who plays soccer, basketball and the violin — as does a heckuva job reading the morning announcements.
Urbana and Champaign Central each suffered a Class 2A sectional semifinal loss on Wednesday in Chatham, ending their playoff runs.
Urbana and Champaign Central will battle Rochester and Chatham Glenwood, respectively, in a pair of Class 2A boys' soccer sectional semifinals on Tuesday. Winning would pit them against each other for a sectional title.
Champaign Central won the Big 12 girls' swimming and diving meet for the first time in more than two decades.
Lone second-half goal enough for Tigers in title win against Mahomet-Seymour.
Danville First Baptist boys' soccer advanced in a tournament.
St. Thomas More and Bloomington Central Catholic played to a scoreless draw on Sept. 29. The Sabers still couldn't score in Wednesday's rematch, but the Saints found some offense.
CHAMPAIGN — It had been 363 days since Normal U-High bounced Monticello boys’ soccer out of the Class 1A playoffs with a 3-1 sectional semifinal win on October 20, 2021.
Mahomet-Seymour needed 100 match minutes to best Centennial on a chilly Tuesday night, but the resulting victory allowed the Bulldogs to qualify for Friday's regional final against Urbana.
Sabers also post shutout in regional championship win.
Arthur Christian volleyball and boys' soccer both win.
Wheeler propels Bulldogs on the pitch; Hortin places first for Tuscola at CIC cross-country meet
St. Joseph-Ogden stunned Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley on the Bunnies' field, while St. Thomas More overcame key athlete absences to shut out Argenta-Oreana.
BHRA cross-country runners sweep Vermilion Valley Conference meet titles
Both Uni High and Monticello banked five goals in Tuesday's Class 1A boys' soccer regional semifinals at the U of I Turf Fields, but their wins came in different ways.
The playoffs are underway for Class 1A teams, which makes these rankings the last for Colin Likas until All-Area time.
Westville recorded its 20th volleyball victory of the season.
St. Thomas More, Milford volleyball teams win tournaments.
Danville girls' tennis secured two Big 12 Conference doubles championships.
Mahomet-Seymour and St. Thomas More volleyball, Arthur Christian and Fisher/GCMS boys' soccer all post victories.