FITHIAN — Cameron Lee is the All-Star of the All-Stars.
The recent Oakwood High School graduate is well-credentialed.
Last weekend, he was the starting right tackle for the victorious East squad in its 24-23 victory in the Order of the Eastern Star game in Decatur.
We asked Chelsea Blaase to describe what high school sports meant to her. She said:
We asked Steve Schroeder to describe what high school sports meant to him. He said:
Through such a simple act came so much opportunity and growth.
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.
MONTICELLO — Steve Schroeder's destination never will be defined by the boundaries of a cross-country course or a track oval.
He is heading to locations beyond where his legs will carry him.
Schroeder's start came while attending Monticello High School. He never wanted to be typecast into a particular category, such as "athlete."
Why: Guided the Sages to a third-place finish in the Class 1A state track and field meet. The school's first state trophy in the sport completed a bookend performance by the Sages. In the fall, Butler's boys' cross-country team also placed third at state.
Erica Kostoff, GCMS
Why: Directed GCMS to a second-place team finish in the Class 1A IHSA girls' track and field state meet thanks to scoring points in seven events. The Falcons had state champions in three of the events.
N-G Top 10: Girls' track and field
SCHOOL (previous) COMMENT
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (1) State runner-up in Class 1A
2. St. Joseph-Ogden (3) Third at state in Class 1A
3. Centennial (—) Tied for 11th at state in Class 2A
4. Sullivan/Okaw Valley (6) Tied for fourth at state in Class 1A