Danville, Monticello feel enrollment sting

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.

Winds of change blowing through Okaw Valley Conference

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.

Bulletin Board: 8 selected to Shrine game

Eight from area in Shrine game

BLOOMINGTON — The 37-player East roster for the annual Shrine all-star high school football game features eight former area athletes.

Bulletin board: Panthers seek to end streak

LeROY — For the past four years, LeRoy's state-ranked wrestling team has had placers at the individual state finals. However, the school has not had an individual state champ since heavyweight RON OLIVER was victorious in 1984.

Coach DOUG DeWALD believes this can be the year the school's fortunes change.

Kroner: Fall's harder when put on pedestal

The hardest fall is the one from grace.

It is usually the suddenness that catches us off guard. Years of good deeds can be erased by a single transgression or a series of them.

Whether it's the political arena or the sporting spectrum, whether it's on a national level or local, these stories are becoming alarmingly more prevalent.

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.