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Rantoul, STM, SJ-O take steps toward new league

Rantoul High School is leaving the Corn Belt Conference and will join with Maroa-Forsyth, Monticello, St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More and Unity to form a six-team conference that will begin at the start of the 2014-15 school year, Rantoul Principal Todd Wilson said Friday.

Athletes of the Week

Tristan Gurtler
Uni High, soccer

Recently: Goalie had four saves in a 2-1 sectional semifinal win and allowed no goals in a 3-0 title-game triumph against St. Joseph-Ogden.
In his own words: “I’ve had a lot of fun so far. It’s nice to be on a team that does well. I feel good that I’ve been contributing.”

SJ-O, STM, Rantoul consider joining Okaw Valley

Will the Okaw Valley Conference be around in two years?
Stay tuned.
Representatives from six schools — Maroa-Forsyth, Monticello, Rantoul, St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More and Unity — met Tuesday to discuss possible conference realignment options, Rantoul athletic director Joe Bendoraitis said Thursday.

Bulletin Board: Eagle back seeks milestone

Eagle back seeks milestone
RANTOUL — Only two Rantoul High School running backs in the last 22 years have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
Senior fullback Larry Crayton is trying to make sure his name is the third one added to the list.

SVC turns down Monticello, Unity

RANTOUL — The Sangamon Valley Conference will not add new members any time soon. In a three-hour Wednesday meeting, the eight league principals voted not to accept applications for admission from Monticello, Unity and Dwight. In votes taken separately, none of the  schools received the required six votes to be admitted to the Sangamon Valley Conference.

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Michael Finke diary: Illini, others come calling

Say hello to Michael Finke, a 16-year-old junior at Centennial with a bright basketball future. As he decides where to play in college — Illinois and Kansas State offered recently — the oldest son of a former Illini will take us behind the scenes with a monthly diary. Entry No. 2:

Unity, Monticello might join SVC

Unity and Monticello high schools are hoping that one ending rolls over to a new beginning. They have applied for membership to the Sangamon Valley Conference.
The request will be considered as soon as next week’s SVC meeting in Rantoul.

LOVC offers invite to OVC departees

Administrators in the Little Okaw Valley Conference don't know what the future holds, but they want to be prepared for the possibilities.

The LOVC, which already added three schools effective for the start of the 2014-15 school year, has invited principals from the nine departing Okaw Valley Conference schools to a Monday morning meeting in Arthur.

Kroner: Okaw Valley shakeup sure to leave a mess

There will be more stories to tell before the nine schools leaving the prestigious Okaw Valley Conference start playing games among themselves.

The next chapter remains under construction, but there's no shortage of themes.

Will a 10th school join the nine who are bolting?

Will Maroa-Forsyth, Monticello and Unity convince other schools to join the Okaw and keep it intact?