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:
We asked girls' Athlete of the Year Amy Martin, from Oakwood, to describe what high school sports meant to her:
MATTOON – Mattoon accepted an invitation to join the Apollo Conference and will leave the Big 12 Conference after the 2011-12 school year.
The Mattoon school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept the Apollo's invitation. The Green Wave will have the largest enrollment in the Apollo. In the Big 12, Mattoon has the smallest enrollment.
Uni High hires Lindemann
URBANA – Recent Siena College graduate Allie Lindemann has been hired as the Urbana Uni High girls' basketball head coach. Lindemann was a former All-Area Player of the Year standout at Champaign Central and also played for Kirkwood Community College's junior college national champions.
Mammen earns recognition
CHAMPAIGN – Mikki Johnson is still the concerned parent of teenage athletes, but the former Illinois football player has fewer worries this week.
NORMAL – High school athletes participating in track this spring are welcome to run in Saturday's Illinois Marathon.
Ron McGraw, an administrator with the Illinois High School Association, cautioned that students can only run in certain marathons or road races during their track seasons without jeopardizing their eligibility.
CATLIN – Andrea Palmer remembers her high school days of playing volleyball and basketball for Danville First Baptist.
"Running wasn't my favorite thing to do then," said Palmer, who graduated in 1998. "It seemed more like a punishment."
On Saturday, Palmer will run more than the few wind sprints that were required in high school.
The News-Gazette's prep sports coordinator, Fred Kroner, for several months has led the paper's project of naming an Athlete of the Decade for each of the area's prep sports.