Perhaps no one in Centennial’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020, which was announced Monday, has a more interesting career path than Jacob Bushue. The 2010 alum has competed for three Finnish pro soccer clubs — all as team captain — and presently takes the pitch for FC Haka in Finland’s second division, Ykkonen. He offered some thoughts on his employment and Hall of Fame nod:

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote about the exploits of the Central Illinois United 2001 boys’ soccer program, so fitting they should be the topic of conversation again.

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Perhaps no one in Centennial’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020, which was announced Monday, has a more interesting career path than Jacob Bushue. The 2010 alum has competed for three Finnish pro soccer clubs — all as team captain — and presently takes the pitch for FC Haka in Finland’s second division, Ykkonen. He offered some thoughts on his employment and Hall of Fame nod:

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote about the exploits of the Central Illinois United 2001 boys’ soccer program, so fitting they should be the topic of conversation again.

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.

High school's athletic facilities are in the midst of a near-$3 million renovation package that includes one new building and four overhauled complexes.

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.

It was quite the feat for a trio of area girls' basketball teams to make the trip to Redbird Arena last week for their respective state semifinals.Never before had that happened in local history. The results were strong as well, with Schlarman repeating as Class 1A champion, St. Joseph-Ogden rounding up a third-place trophy in 2A and Tri-County hitting fourth place in 1A.

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.

All-Area First TeamATHLETE YR. POS. SCHOOLCaleb Aldridge Jr. M Judah ChristianCaleb Bleich Sr. M Fisher/GCMSDiego Camarena Jr. F Iroquois WestAustin Carr Sr. F Mahomet-Sey.Pablo Diaz Sr. M Champaign CentralAlbert Lee Sr. F Uni HighEthan Mansfield Sr. M Mahomet-SeymourDrew Reifsteck Jr. M/F BHRA

GoalsPLAYER, SCHOOL GOALSDiego Camarena, Iroquois West 67Drew Reifsteck, BHRA 35Luke Rudolph, Monticello 31Santiago Rodriguez, Ch. Central 30Angel Barajas, Iroquois West 26Caleb Bleich, Fisher/GCMS 25Joe Sellett, STM 25Austin Carr, M-S 23Dawson Rogers, Oakwood/SF 22Reynaldo Zarco, Ch. Central 20

Champaign Central is the top local seed in the Class 2A boys' soccer postseason, as IHSA pairings were released Friday.The Maroons are 15-3 on the year, though they fell to Mahomet-Seymour on Saturday. The Bulldogs are a 3 seed in the 2A playoffs and could meet Central for a sectional championship.Below are all of the area pairings for the 2A boys' soccer postseason.