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PC kicks off fall season

A view of the field for Friday night's scrimmage at PCHS.

Football and volleyball are in the air as the fall sports season is about to start for Prairie Central High School.

The PCHS Fall Sports Kickoff was held Friday evening with a sports meeting in the gym followed by volleyball and football scrimmages. Members of the community had the chance to see what the Hawks will look like this fall.

Coal City is the first opponent for the volleyball team in a home match Aug. 26. This will be a good test right out of the gate.

“Last year, we were able to sneak away with a win so we are kind of hoping to build on that,” PCHS athletic director Chris Harper said.

PC had a 22-win volleyball team last year which is one of the best records in school history.

The football team went 7-2 last season and dropped a tough game in the first round of the playoffs, but several younger players are back. Expectations are high for 2019 as the team wants a good product on the field which all of Prairie Central can be proud of. The season football opener is against Rantoul at home Aug. 30.

“Coach Quain and his staff have been working exceptionally hard and the kids have been working hard,” Harper noted.

Those attending Friday’s scrimmage were also able to hear the brand new sound system for the football field which was just installed over the summer.

“(The installer) said this was the exact same sound system that they use at the University of Alabama for their home football games,” explained Chris Harper, PCHS athletic director.

Several donors helped with the sound system including: Gibson Area Hospital, First State Bank of Forrest, Turning Point, Fairbury-Cropsey Community Bank, Bank of Pontiac, Dave's Supermarket, Gray's Garage, Aftershock Decal and Design, RTJ Electric, Diamond Brothers Insurance and Popejoy Plumbing and Heating.

Harper said announcer Mike Norris’ voice will be the most popular voice in town thanks to the new system which can be heard crystal clear as far away as the Fairbury Speedway.

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