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 Tuscola Classic is synonymous with the beginning of fall, and Scott Phelps had a dandy day in 2004.
Date: Sept. 19, 2004
Headline: Phelps, Illineks sparkle
Chrisman 2, Salt Fork 0. EMILIE McFADDEN had 13 kills and six digs for the Storm in a 25-22, 25-19 loss.
Lexington 2, Fisher 0. GINA MASKO had three kills and CARLI CLIFTON had five assists for the host Bunnies in a 25-8, 25-23 loss.
Kailyn Demith, Champaign Central, Senior, Volleyball
Recently: Chosen to the all-tournament team after helping Central win all five of its matches and team honors in Mahomet-Seymour's 16-school invitational.
In her own words: "At the beginning of the year, we all made a goal and that was to get to state. We set it high, but we're working hard to get there."
Three former Rantoul High School athletes will be enshrined in the school's Hall of Fame during Friday's home football game against Olympia. The inductees are Sean Bubin, Ali Franzen Vander Tuuk and Gary Buhr.
N-G Top 10
This week: Boys' cross-country
1. St. Thomas More: Five underclassmen among top seven
2. St. Joseph-Ogden: Five underclassmen among top seven
3. Mahomet-Seymour: Five underclassmen among top seven
4. Monticello: Six underclassmen among top seven
5. Unity: Six underclassmen among top seven
PAXTON — Jesse Hahne doesn't come from a family of runners nor has he been training for years.
"In eighth grade, I went out for track," Hahne said, "to get in shape for football. I went to state (in the 1,600 meters), but still thought I would pursue football in high school."
He was on Schlarman's freshman football team in 2009, mostly as a cornerback.
At Monticello. ERIC PONDER, JOHN EVANS and CHAS CAMPBELL finished 1-2-3 as Tuscola won the boys' meet against Monticello. Tuscola's SUE PONDER won the girls' race, but the Sages, led by freshmen KATIE DOUGLAS (second place) and KATHLEEN TRACY (third), took the team title.
In girls' cross-country
At Urbana. Champaign Central won its first Twin City meet since 2003, thanks in large part to a first-place effort from HANNAH WRIGHT, who outlasted runner-up THERESA WELLE of St. Thomas More.
"Hannah's been working a long time for this," Central coach CHRISTOPHER SCHULTZ said. "This is the culmination of a lot of work."