Track and Field

The Bulletin Board: Illineks impress

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.


Bulletin Board: PBL's Overstreet steps aside

PAXTON — John Overstreet’s duties at Paxton-Buckley-Loda changed in late September. When he added activities director to his title as athletic director, he was asked to relinquish coaching duties.


Kroner: It's been a good, long run for Acklin

ST. JOSEPH — Jim Acklin wasn't always a superintendent who also coaches at St. Joseph-Ogden.

In Acklin's early years in the district, he was a biology and chemistry teacher who wasn't coaching his primary sport.

An avid runner, he got into cross-country as the Urbana High School coach from 1986 to '89.


Career path keeping Lee on the move

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.


Girls' Athlete of Year: SJ-O's Chelsea Blaase

We asked Chelsea Blaase to describe what high school sports meant to her. She said:


Boys' Athlete of Year: Monticello's Steve Schroeder

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.


Preps Year In Review: Blaase, Schroeder show way

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.


Danville, Monticello feel enrollment sting

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.


Winds of change blowing through Okaw Valley Conference

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.


Boys' Track Athlete of Year: Schroeder's a real goal-getter

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."


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