Fred's Blog

Fred's Blog

That time of the year

It's that time of the year. Leaves are falling. Area athletic teams are falling. Not sure if there's a connection.

Practice, don't preach

It gets tiring year after year hearing from fans (especially) and coaches (occasionally) about how much of an advantage football playoff teams have for the FOLLOWING season by getting the extra one to five weeks of practice.

Tackling the picks

As devoted News-Gazette readers are undoubtedly aware, eight of our staff writers take a shot at predicting the winners in 10 selected high school football games each week.

Catching the (playoff) fever

The first night of the IHSA football playoffs is complete and the results reinforce why the outcomes are determined on the field and not by rankings or seedings.

Averting an embarrassment

You've heard the story about the guy who had a screw loose, but I bet you haven't heard about the variation which happened Wednesday night at Centennial High School.

Westville football continues mastery

The juggernaut that is Westville High School football surfaced again Friday as the Tigers captured the Coal Bucket trophy for the fourth consecutive year and for the sixth time in the past seven years, whipping Georgetown-Ridge Farm 54-20.

A time to cheer

We don't know who is responsible for the scheduling of football games in the Vermilion Valley Conference, but that person deserves a rousing ovation.

It must be a record

How did you spend your Saturday? Watching another last-second Illini football loss? Maybe you were attacking the leaves in your gutters?

Par for the course?

Isn't it a shame?

The magic number

Five is the magic number, but it might not be the correct number.