Veteran reporters, by nature, are cynics. And, usually, there's good reason for the skepticism.
When you've covered state tournaments of some sort for more than three decades, it's easy to predict what losing coaches will say in advance of their time in the interview room.
"We didn't play well today." (Translation: we would have beaten this team on another day.)
I know what's coming, and it's not going to be pretty.
Eighteen area high school football teams made the playoffs, which start this weekend. Sixteen of them decided to play their first-round game on Saturday. One area school (Ridgeview) picked Friday and one other school (Urbana) is presently undecided between a Friday and Saturday game, though the latter appears most likely.
Pardon me if I don't jump on the band wagon and lead cheers for Jordan Caroline's decision to forsake his high school basketball teammates and attend a prep school in Florida as a junior.
If I'm a college coach, my view on this move is drastically different than what seems to be the popular opinion.
ARCOLA -- Wyatt Fishel didn’t need to wait long.
The first time Salt Fork punted in Friday’s football season-opener, Fishel was the return man. As the ball rose to its apex and descended, Storm players were closing in on the teen-ager.
Fishel signalled for a fair catch and, surrounded by the opposition, unflinchingly made the catch under pressure.
DANVILLE — There are plenty of available veterans for B.J. Luke as he begins his eighth season as the football head coach at his alma mater, Danville High School.
Not all of his athletes with the most game-night experience are playing where they did a year ago, but prospects for the state’s 10th-ranked Class 6A team are good.