Uni swimmers excel in finale
Despite not qualifying for state, Uni High had a series of banner performances in Saturday’s girls’ sectional swim meet at Unit 4 Pool.
Three former Rantoul High School athletes will be enshrined in the school's Hall of Fame during Friday's home football game against Olympia. The inductees are Sean Bubin, Ali Franzen Vander Tuuk and Gary Buhr.
In girls' golf
At Atlanta. Brooklyn Hildreth claimed medalist honors with a 41 to lead Mahomet-Seymour to victory in a three-team meet that included Olympia and Pontiac at North Greens Golf Course.
The Bulldogs' Emily Trolia was runner-up with a 45, and teammate Amber Tabaka was another stroke back.
DANVILLE — Challenges are as much a part of Randy Skaggs' coaching resume as success. A new one awaits.
Skaggs will take over as the softball head coach at Danville Area Community College. He replaces Dave Strebin, who resigned after three seasons.
What a school year! State championship teams, state championship individuals, top-ranked teams. Underclassmen who have already committed to Division I universities. Athletes who are being wooed by Division I coaches. Some memories are still vivid in our minds. Some had almost been forgotten.
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.
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.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
SJ-O's Randy Wolken
Why: State's all-time winningest softball coach (859 and counting entering Year 34) directed top-ranked St. Joseph-Ogden to an area record for wins in a season (41) and the longest area winning streak to start a season (40 games).
Senior center fielder, St. Joseph-Ogden
OLIVET — Elizabeth Everingham always had a clear vision of her field of dreams.
They were present when she went to bed, and they were within view when she awoke. Everingham didn't need to close her eyes to picture it. The softball field was her backyard prior to the days she enrolled in high school at St. Joseph-Ogden.