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Gains for wrestlers

Changes are on the horizon for high school wrestlers.

Starting next school year, there will be an additional weight class in the upper weights while streamlining the middle weights so that the total number of weight divisions for preps remains at 14.

Remembering those who make a difference

Over the years, I have read -- and written -- numerous tributes about individuals of prominence in the area sporting world after they have passed away. They are always touching stories that center around the good deeds of the person or how the individual was influential in the lives of many others.

Vikings, Chargers fall in Lincoln Tournament

LINCOLN -- The boys' basketball teams from Danville and Centennial high schools are getting closer to full strength. When that occurs, the teams can start the refinement process.

What a start

The first day of the IHSA volleyball state tournament, in Normal, is over and the overall result is what you'd hope for such an elite level. Five of the day's eight semifinal matches required three sets to produce a winner.

Learning about sportsmanship and respect

There were extra lessons going on Tuesday at LeRoy High School. They centered around respect and sportsmanship.
The hope here is that a message can be sent to teen-age students everywhere about what is appropriate and what goes over the line when trying to generate enthusiasm for an upcoming game.

An enjoyable pursuit

During the course of a typical work week, my duties are many. Cover ball games or other events. Interview coaches or athletes. Answer the phone. Write stories. Write blogs. Schedule photo assignments. Research the archives.

All of the aspects are enjoyable, but I've become particularly fond of one. The research.

E.I. all-stars to play at historic site

DANVILLE -- When the 75-year-old Eastern Illinois Baseball League holds its interleague all-star game tonight (7 o'clock) at Danville Stadium, the players will be on a historic field.

Passing of a coach

Spending an hour-plus waiting in a visitation line at a funeral home on a Friday evening is a good thing.

It is the ultimate tribute a family can receive. To see first-hand how adored, admired and respected their departed family member was is fitting proof of the impact the individual had on a multitude of lives for many years.

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Major news from the IHSA this week.

The Bloomington-based organization announced what current enrollment figures mean for the 2010-11 school year, and the results create some huge changes for area schools.

All-decade clarification

It seems that there is some confusion and misunderstanding about what encompasses inclusion for the 19-sport All-Decade teams, which we have been publishing every Monday and will continue to do so through May 10.

What seemed obvious to me may not be that clear to others. The decade started on Jan. 1, 2000 and ended on Dec. 31, 2009. Period. What happened during those weeks and months is taken into account and what occurred prior to or thereafter is not considered.

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