Top of the Morning, Sept. 1, 2018

Top of the Morning, Sept. 1, 2018

There will be some groggy Champaign Central and Centennial alums at Tommy Stewart Field this morning.

But don't expect to hear any complaints from either Class of '68, in town to celebrate their combined 50th reunion.

"The most disruptive thing," committee member Tim Morrow said, "is the loss of life. We don't want to lose focus on that. It's so sad to see, it's heartbreaking."

This week's fatal shooting of a 16-year-old in Champaign led Unit 4 officials to switch the annual Central-Centennial football game from Friday night to 8 a.m. today. The late change forced reunion organizers to scramble, too.

The revised Friday night plan involved a longer get-together at Jupiter's. Today, they'll wake early so as to be recognized during the first half of the football game.

At 10 a.m., they'll tour Centennial before heading to Central for a walk-through at 11:30. A 5K run/walk at Hessel Park and fish dinner at the Elks in Savoy round out a busier-than-expected day.

But it's an energized and unique group, one that attended the same high school until Champaign High split for their senior year. That more than 170 late-60-somethings are expected to return this weekend reflects the close bond.

"This won't damper a thing. We're flexible," committee member Sally Shores said. "We all know that we need to be respectful and honor this young man and his family."

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