CHAMPAIGN — Nate Albaugh met with his football players from Milford and Cissna Park a week ago.
The Bearcats coach delivered news that left a pall among the players.
He was leaving to become the new coach at Champaign Central.
The Corn Belt Conference will have eight members once the 2014-15 school year arrives.
The conference met Thursday and approved 6-1 to add Chillicothe Illinois Valley Central to the league. Conference president Lance Thurman, the principal at Stanford Olympia, said approval required a two-thirds majority vote, but he declined to say who voted against the measure.
CHAMPAIGN — Three Centennial athletes will sign letters of intent to play football in college. It marks the 16th consecutive year under coach Mike McDonnell that at least one Charger has committed to a college and brings his cumulative total at the school to 83.
URBANA — Cameron Mammen will play college football in one of the most revered communities for the sport in the country.
On Monday night, the Area Player of the Year gave a verbal commitment to Malone University, located in Canton, Ohio, approximately one mile from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“We practice there on Tuesday nights,” Malone offensive coordinator Joel Penner said.
Welcome to the new normal.
Conference realignments are becoming as prevalent on the area athletic scene as are the planted rows of corn in the early spring in the area’s fertile fields.
This isn’t a new trend.
BROADLANDS — Heritage’s Stephanie Sanderson, an All-Area second-team selection as a junior outfielder, will play softball at Kankakee Community College. Sanderson batted .535 (61 for 114) for a 28-4 team. She also stole 33 bases and was fourth in the area in runs (57).
CHRISMAN — One of the state’s winningest boys’ basketball coaches will have a court named in his honor Monday.
Chrisman will dedicate its court for Roger Beals, who won 541 games at the school, prior to Monday’s home varsity game against Tri-County, at about 7 p.m. Beals retired in 1992 with 638 career wins, a total that still ranks 27th on the all-time IHSA list.
RANTOUL — Rantoul is turning to a familiar face to help it get through another unusual transition period in its athletic department.
Rantoul Superintendent Scott Amerio said Friday the school will have Allen Jones Sr. serve as interim athletic director for the second semester of the school year.
RANTOUL — Rantoul first-year athletic director and football coach Joe Bendoraitis resigned Wednesday after only five months at the school, Superintendent Scott Amerio said.
“Mr. Bendoraitis resigned from the district for family and personal reasons,” Amerio said in a prepared statement. “The district will make efforts to try to find his replacement.”
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