All Cross-country Content

All Cross-country Content

SJ-O coach arrested for having sex with students 6 to 10 years ago

ST. JOSEPH — A teacher and coach at St. Joseph-Ogden High School has been charged with criminal sexual assault for allegedly having sex with female students about a decade ago.

Bulletin board: Second state champ picks Irish

MONTICELLO — The reigning Class 1A cross-country state champion will continue his distance-running career at Notre Dame.

Senior Steve Schroeder, from Monticello, is the second area state champion within a week to sign with the Irish. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's Sydni Meunier made her commitment last week..

Bulletin board: Big 12 swim meet Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central senior Sam Stewart will look to add to his three career Big 12 individual titles when the conference holds its annual boys' swimming and diving meet Saturday at Unit 4 Pool at Centennial High School.

Stewart is the defending champion in the 100-yard butterfly. He also won league titles as a sophomore in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.

Girls' Runner of the Year: SJ-O's Chelsea Blaase

ST. JOSEPH — Chelsea Blaase has to work on her name recognition. The St. Joseph-Ogden senior is a well-known runner, notoriety that is fitting for a cross-country state champion.

Many of those who know her, however, associate her name with Blaze, perhaps due to the speed she possesses.

Girls' Cross-Country Coach of the Year: Monticello's Jeff Butler

Coach of The Year: Jeff Butler, Monticello

Why: The 12th-year Sages head coach directed the team to state for the third time in his tenure and the second year in a row. The third-place team finish in Class 1A was the best for the program and the school's first state trophy in any girls' sport.

Boys' cross-country Coach of the Year: Unity's Dike Stirrett

Dike Stirrett, Unity

Why: In his 39th year coaching cross-country and sixth at Unity, guided the Rockets to their third consecutive Class 1A top 10 state-meet finish. Unity placed second, its best finish ever in the sport.

Boys' cross-country Athlete of the Year: Steve Schroeder

MONTICELLO — Steve Schroeder is on the fast track in his pursuit of excellence.

A state cross-country championship is the latest step on his journey to success, but it's not the end of the path for the Monticello High School senior.

There's more for The News-Gazette Male Runner of the Year to achieve, athletically, academically and in his personal life.

Schroeder just keeps truckin'

PEORIA — Monticello's Steve Schroeder helped to redefine fast in Saturday's boys' Class 1A state cross-country meet at Detweiller Park.

The announcer was incredulous.

"Schroeder has caught up to the pace truck," he said, shortly after the first of 208 runners passed the mile marker.

Spartan goes out in a Blaase of glory

PEORIA — The nickname was given the first day of practice: State champ.

The affirmation came Saturday, the 87th day after high school cross-country teams started their official fall workouts: State champ.

N-G Top 10: Girls' cross-country


1. Mahomet-S. (2) Qualified team for Class 2A state

2. Monticello (1) Qualified team for Class 1A state

3. SJ-O (3) Qualified team for Class 1A state

4. Centennial (4) Qualified two individuals for 2A state

5. STM (7) Qualified one individual for 1A state

6. Central (6) Qualified one individual for 2A state