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Eagle back seeks milestone
RANTOUL — Only two Rantoul High School running backs in the last 22 years have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
Senior fullback Larry Crayton is trying to make sure his name is the third one added to the list.
PAXTON — John Overstreet’s duties at Paxton-Buckley-Loda changed in late September. When he added activities director to his title as athletic director, he was asked to relinquish coaching duties.
What a school year! State championship teams, state championship individuals, top-ranked teams. Underclassmen who have already committed to Division I universities. Athletes who are being wooed by Division I coaches. Some memories are still vivid in our minds. Some had almost been forgotten.
Last year, schools such as Clinton, Danville, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, St. Thomas More and Tuscola were among the ones upset with the IHSA's postseason assignments, which are based on enrollments.
This year, Danville and Monticello are among the ones unhappy with how the enrollment breaks worked out.
DANVILLE — For all of us, there is a beginning; that magical moment where it all started.
It might have been Day 1 as a student teacher or the first day of an unpaid internship where the duties were to fetch coffee and answer an occasional phone call.
MONTICELLO — The Okaw Valley Conference will start its 87th year of competition in August.
It won't be the last year for the venerable league, but it likely will be the next-to-last in its current 12-school setup.
Why: Second-year head coach directed his alma mater to its highest finish in the state baseball tournament. All of the varsity starters were ones the coach had first worked with during their Little League careers.
DANVILLE — Baseball is a sport filled with numbers and statistics.
Two important ones belong to Chuckie Robinson III.
One is 30.
Another is 40.
Thirty was his national ranking last year among prep baseball players nationally — regardless of position — from the Class of 2013. That listing from Perfect Game USA helps confirm the thinking that he's a top prospect.
EACH WEEK, WE’LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN PREPS HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTE
This week: The Vikings went deep this postseason in Class 3A. Danville also went far in 2010.
Date: June 6, 2010
Headline: Vikings go down swinging