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Ask News-Gazette Prep Sports Coordinator Fred Kroner about the winter season
It's a new week and there are a new set of prep questions, so we'll get started. Thanks to all who have participated.
WHat do you think about the chances of centennial wrestling teams post season in term sucess they can have as teams and innavituals
Centennial has several things going for it. The Chargers are able to fill all -- or virtually all -- weight classes. They have enough quality in similar areas (lower weights, middle weights and upper weights) that the top kids all get pushed daily in practice. Like most area 2A teams, Centennial will compete in the Mahomet-Seymour Regional and its qualifiers will go on to the Mount Zion Sectional. It will be interesting to see how the weights play out as the season progresses. Most of the lower-weight Chargers have dropped a weight class from where they were before Christmas. If this remains constant, it could mean an outstanding wrestler will sit out in the postseason. Last weekend at Urbana, Centennial was able to enter two 106-pounders and both placed among the top fifth. Sammy Lack (19-3) ended up fourth and Joey Schott (17-5) finished fifth. Situations like this make it difficult to project how many Chargers can advance far in the postseason. Obviously, Archie Williams is unbeaten still at 182 pounds after pinning his way through his weight class at the 33rd Urbana Invitational. He is state-ranked and deservedly so. The Chargers have a number of other individuals who either already have 20 wins, or certainly will be the postseason: Austen Schott (113), Terrance Davis (120), Sarren Wynn (126), Jay Romans (145), Deonta Adams (195), LaDarius Harris (220) and Nicholas Schriefer (285). It's hard to believe Centennial has only had one state medalist in its history (Erik Mueller in 1984), but I would expect that total to increase this year and in the years following. Centennial's program is clearly on an upswing.
Fisher High School recently inducted 16 athletes into their sports hall of fame. Doesn't that seem like a lot for one year when other (much larger) schools typically have 4 in a class? For a school that has under 150 students it seems the Bunnies have exhausted their selections from prior years? How often do they make hall of fame selections? Did you go to the reception? I recognized a few of the athlete names from the 16 chosen, but I guess there were too many to write a N-G article about their individual accomplishments?
Hi Bobby. I was struck by that same thing. I don't know this to be the case, but here is what I am guessing. Fisher's Hall of Fame is relatively new. I believe this is about the fourth year. I noticed all of this year's inductees were graduates of the 1980s. Perhaps the school is trying to honor its top athletes by decade as they get this off the ground and then in a year or two, go to more managable numbers. I can't imagine 16 Hall-of-Famers every year. I think if you check back, when Urbana and champaign got their Halls of Fame going, they had a large number of inductees in the very early years. This is what I expect to happen at Fisher, though no one has told me so.
Fred,We have 3 undefeated wrestlers in 2-A in from the area Mammen from Urbana,Williams from Centennia and Armetta from Mahomet Do you think any one of the 3 will be a Sate Champion? Also it would have been nice if we could of had a Sports Writer covering the Urbana Invitational talking with some of the wrestlers and interving coaches. I know your numbers are thin.May be we could get more coverage when Conference Titles and Regionals start up.
Hi Tom. Here's a little morsel to keep you turning to the pages of The News-Gazette. In Wednesday's section this week, one of those area unbeatens you referred to will be our Male Athlete of the Week. That means it's between Austin Armetta (M-S), Cameron Mammen (Urbana) and Archie Williams (Centennial), all of whom would be deserving. As for state championships for those three, lets not put the cart before the horse. I think all of the three can and will qualify for state. For there, it will come down to matchups and when they occur. Armetta, for example, is in the same Weight class as Washington's unbeaten Dylan Reel, a returning state placer. Williams is in the same weight class as Richmond-Burton's Jack Dechow, a state finalist a year ago. Mammen's bracket is more intriguing. He has been ranked sixth by The Illinois Best Weekly, which I think is too low, but if you look at the top three at his weight, they are all seniors and have one loss between them. I expect to see all three of these athletes on the medals stand this year -- along with several others in Class 2A. I believe our area will be well-represented. I am looking forward to the postseason. I will either be at the 2A regional and a 1A sectional or a 1A regional and the 2A sectional as well as all three days at state. Can't wait!!
Fred,Have you heard of www.ihigh.com Internet site that schools use to video sports events.Fairly new. I watched the Finals of the Urbana Wrestling Tournament .Really great if you can't see some events in person.Also you can check out other schools events that are posted.
Hi Tom. Thanks for passing that information along. I have not heard of that site, but will try to check it out. It seems like there is so much information and so many highlights out there, if you just know where to look.
Once again, we've arrived at the end of our weekly chat. Check back next week. I plan to be back then, too. Best wishes.