CHARLESTON – It's not how you start but how you finish. That's one of the many lessons learned by Rantoul on Saturday night.
– LINDSEY TROIKE had seven kills and KELSEY CLELAND chipped in four aces as Tuscola beat visiting Arthur 25-12, 25-20. MACKENZIE SEIP contributed three kills, and SAM KOHLBECKER had 12 assists.
– Centennial opened its season with a 25-21, 25-22 loss at Lincoln.
– COLTON PARR scored three goals and JORDAN ROMO added another as visiting Salt Fork/Westville defeated St. Joseph-Ogden 4-1. BRODIE PIRIE added two assists, and NATHAN GEORGE made nine saves.
– LONNIE BARNES' second-half goal – his second of the match – lifted Centennial to a 2-2 tie against host Hoopeston Area. ANDY DRACKLEY finished with nine saves for the Chargers. BROCK RAMOS and MATT BENJAMIN scored for the Cornjerkers.
– St. Thomas More's BEN DODDS shot 3-under 69 to finish second in the John Macek Invitational on the UI Orange Course on Monday. The Sabers finished third in the 15-team meet. Salt Fork's MAT BOWEN was fourth with a 70, and St. Thomas More's NATHANIEL KHACHATURIAN placed ninth at 73.
TUSCOLA – Stan Wienke hasn't had time to decorate his office yet, but a few mementos still grace the walls of the space he once called his own for five years.
So many teams, so many choices.
More than three decades spent covering prep teams in the Champaign-Urbana area has created countless memories.
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1. Salt Fork boys' basketball. Storm will be the hunted, not the hunter, next year in Class 1A.
2. Tuscola football. In last four years, 45 wins and three state championship-game berths.
3. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley wrestling. Falcons have elevated program to an elite level in Class 1A.
In 2005, we asked Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.
We asked boys' Athlete of the Year Cale Huisinga, from Monticello, to describe what high school sports meant to him: