All Prep Sports Content

All Prep Sports Content

Dombroski opens season in style

Sophomore's ace marks fine start for Chargers

MAKANDA – Unlike four of her Centennial golf teammates, Lizzy Dombroski didn't return from Monday's season-opening tournament with a trophy.

Kroner: Sky's the limit for new coaches

There has to be a beginning and today is as good as any to commemorate Day 1.

It's the official first day for six area varsity football head coaches.

E.I. baseball announces award winners

Top player and top pitcher will be feted prior to Sunday's1 p.m. E.I. tournament championship game in Buckley

Urbana's Pruitt joining group of stars in Peoria

From injury to all-star, former Tigers lineman Andrew Pruitt is looking forward to playing at the next level.


Jackson's five

Each week, staff writer Marcus Jackson poses five questions to an area prep athlete. This week's guest is Centennial football and basketball player Rayvonte Rice.

Renner's spring training paying off in big way

CHAMPAIGN – It was the spring of 2005, but then-Urbana Uni High baseball coach Paul Weilmuenster remembers the tone of resignation in the voice of the opposing coach.

"We were playing one of the Champaign schools," said Weilmuenster, "and Mike (Renner) hit a line-drive home run, and I could hear one of their coaches say, 'Oh, no. We've got three more years of him.' "

Central grad proves he belongs among elite swimmers

CHAMPAIGN – The current world record- holder was in the next lane. Two lanes over resided a six-time Olympic gold medalist and 18-time world champion.

A few short years ago, this might have seemed like some fanciful dream to Tyler McGill. A wouldn't-it-be great scenario for an up-and-coming swimmer not yet even in college.

Jackson's five

Each week, staff writer Marcus Jackson poses five questions to an area prep athlete. This week's guest is Urbana University High's Michael Renner, who is the Illineks' all-time scoring leader in basketball and an outfielder on the Champaign Post 24 American Legion baseball team.

Urbana's LaToya Bond has something to prove

INDIANAPOLIS – It's late in the third quarter of the Indiana Fever's game against Sacramento at Conseco Fieldhouse, and LaToya Bond's fuse just became lit.

Like most of her Fever teammates, she is losing patience on a frustrating evening, her team playing poorly and trailing most of the game. While defending near the Monarchs' basket, Bond is called for a foul that really wasn't.

Urbana's Jones takes comfort in performance

DECATUR - Given one last chance to end his high school football career on a high note, Urbana's Antonio Jones didn't squander it.

The talented running back endured a rough senior season last fall, missing most of the schedule with a knee injury. He was expected to be the focal point of coach Mike Hoskins' offense, but Jones hardly had a chance to get ingrained in the offense before his season was cut short.