Sept. 18 Kroner high school chat

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:30pm

Each Tuesday, prep sports coordinator FRED KRONER takes your questions. Ask him why he has SJ-O as the No. 1 area football team, if Centennial can make state in volleyball or how much those nifty new turf fields are helping Urbana in football and soccer. Submit questions in advance or follow along during his 12:30 p.m. chat.

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:32 PM on Tue, 09/18/2012

Welcome to another of our weekly high school chats. We have several questions to get to, so we will jump right into it.

Chi Illini — 12:32 PM on Tue, 09/18/2012


What's happening with Danville? Is it not a very good team, or have they just encountered some tough luck?



Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:38 PM on Tue, 09/18/2012

I know the record doesn’t look impressive, 1-3 entering Friday’s homecoming game with Decatur Eisenhower, but when you examine it closer, Danville is not far from being a 3-1 team. In the opener, the team rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to take a 42-35 lead against Bloomington, which scored in the final minute to capture a 43-42 victory. In that game, Danville held the edge in touchdowns scored, 7-6. A Week 2 loss to St. Rita was a loss to a school two classes larger that handled the Vikings without much difficulty. Last week, the team overcame a 35-12 halftime deficit to lead 39-35 in the fourth quarter at state-ranked Normal West. The Wildcats put two late TDs on the board and won by 10 points, but that doesn’t diminish the effort it took for Danville to put itself in position to win in the waning minutes. In a Big 12 Conference with outstanding quarterbacks, Danville junior Trent Sherfield is putting up monster numbers. He had 505 yards of total offense at Normal West. I think the Vikings can get to the five wins they need to become playoff eligible.

Chi Illini — 12:38 PM on Tue, 09/18/2012


I saw that Cameron Mammen had a monster game the other night. Do you know what his future plans are for college? Is he a quarterback at the next level, or will he switch positions?



Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:44 PM on Tue, 09/18/2012

It has taken me almost four years, but I’m finally of the opinion that Mammen's best sport in college could be football. Up through last year, I always thought he would be a better prospect in wrestling. (He was a state-placer as a junior). There’s a chance he could play quarterback at the next level, but the odds are he will be switched to either wide receiver or will play in the secondary, where he has had experience in high school. He made a visit to Illinois State University last weekend and will take others. Illinois has been in contact and so has Nebraska and Missouri plus about all of the state schools. He will have options and the way he is playing this year, there may well be more in the weeks ahead than there are right now. Mammen is approximately 1,100 yards away from moving into the top 20 on the all-time IHSA career list for total offense. For a person who missed all but one game of his freshman season, that is a tremendous climb.

Tom Egelston — 12:45 PM on Tue, 09/18/2012

Fred,I am back from Bradenton Fl. the Football Capital of the world,I went to the Manatee-Miami Central Football game.Number 1 and  Number 12 teams in the country. Manatee won 42 to 32. Great football and saw old friends.I missed to great games Urbana played against Bloomington and Lanphier.Looks like your 6-3 or my 7-2 will be right.Watson and the kids are really looking good.With no let downs or injuries they should make the playoffs and hopefully win the first playoff game in Urbana's-History, Cam Mammen is getting better each week,and should be getting State recognition in the near future.

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:52 PM on Tue, 09/18/2012

Hi Tom. Welcome back. I know you can’t do you, but if you project Cameron Mammen’s 433 yards of offense in the first half last week against Lanphier into a full game, that would amount to an unheard-of 866 yards. The all-time state record for a game is 619 yards and Mammen was less than 190 yards from that total in one half. I think it was a classy move by Nathan Watson not to play starters in the second half. Urbana was obviously in control and on its way to a win and there was no sense risking an injury or running up the score on an overpowered opponent. I wonder how many coaches would give their first teams an entire half off. My guess is a lot would play the starters for at least a couple series in the third quarter.

Anonymous User — 12:55 PM on Tue, 09/18/2012


Which soccer team do you see making it the farthest this postseason? Do you like Urbana in 2A or prefer a smaller school like Uni or STM making a deeper run?

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 01:01 PM on Tue, 09/18/2012

Great question. The path is set up well for a team from either the Schlarman Regional or the Urbana Uni High Regional to advance a long ways in Class 1A. Schlarman not only hosts the regional, but also the sectional. St. Joseph-Ogden will likely be the top seed at Schlarman's regional, but I’m not sure if the Spartans would be considered the sectional favorites. The Uni High Regional winner feeds into the Schlarman Sectional, but then to reach state, that sectional champion will play in a super-sectional also hosted by Uni High (on the UI Turf Fields). There are two strong teams in the Uni regional, the host Illineks and St. Thomas More. By the time the seeds are determined, they will not have played one another. They meet up at STM in the regular-season finale on Oct. 4. It’s very likely they will play again eight days later for the regional title. There’s not a lot to separate the two schools if you look at common opponents thus far. Both Uni and STM have one-goal wins over Blue Ridge. Uni defeated Oakwood 8-0 and STM beat the Comets 8-1. Uni has a strong corps of senior veterans and that could be instrumental down the stretch. In Class 2A, Urbana has an outstanding nucleus of 14 seniors and many of them are major contributors. The Tigers will be favored to win the regional (which Central will host), but I’ve learned when you get schools like Urbana, Central and Centennial playing against one another multiple times in a season, anything truly can happen. In its 2-1 loss to the Tigers earlier this week, Central showed it’s right there and Centennial gets its chance against Urbana next week. The Central Regional winner will play in a sectional at Mahomet, and that survivor advances to a super-sectional in Springfield.

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 01:03 PM on Tue, 09/18/2012

That's a wrap for this week. Thanks to all who participated. We'll be back again next Tuesday afternoon.