TUSCOLA — Sophomore Broc Smith, from Tuscola, left last week's News-Gazette Honor Roll meet as the winner of the 200-meter dash. A day later, he learned his time was a meet record.
Smith was clocked in 22.05 seconds on the UI's fully automated system. The previous mark was a hand-timed 21.9. When conversions were done, the previous mark would translate to a 22.14 on the FAT system. Thus, Smith was declared the new record-holder, albeit 24 hours after the fact.
Final Four game at La Salette
OLIVET — The rugby team from Notre Dame de La Salette will host the nation's top-ranked team Wednesday in a 5 p.m. semifinal game of the Indiana state tournament. La Salette will entertain Indianapolis Cathedral, a school that has won five consecutive Indiana state titles. La Salette (9-1) secured its berth in the Final Four with a 37-19 win against Indianapolis North Central.
Hoopeston drops varsity football
HOOPESTON — The Hoopeston Area board of education decided last week to field only a junior varsity football team for the 2012 season and then re-evaluate the program thereafter. The decision means Vermilion Valley Conference schools will receive a forfeit win unless they are able to find a replacement game.
A decline in student participation and the risk of injury for younger players going against upperclassmen in practice or on game night were the reasons for Hoopeston's decision. The JV team will feature juniors, sophomores and freshmen but no upcoming seniors.
Since last qualifying for the playoffs (1993), the school has endured 18 consecutive sub-.500 seasons, totaling 30 wins in that span, including back-to-back 3-6 seasons the past two falls.
According to a report presented to the school board, 31 Hoopeston Area football players suffered concussions between 2008 and '11, and 15 of those were freshmen.
Heritage fills coaching staff
BROADLANDS — Heritage High School hired Jeremy Richards as its next varsity volleyball head coach. During his tenure as a junior high coach at Prairieview-Ogden, his teams won 18 regionals and 15 sectional crowns and placed third in the IESA state finals. He will be assisted by former Unity athlete Kaylie Murray McGuffee.
Richards replaces Brad Dalton, who accepted the coaching job at St. Thomas More.
Kami White, a Prairie Central graduate, moves up from the assistant's role to become Heritage's girls' basketball head coach. She replaces Lisa Sappenfield Boyer, who resigned from basketball but will continue to coach softball.
White's assistant will be former St. Joseph-Ogden standout Ashley Runck Krisman, who last year was a Heritage assistant in volleyball.
Showcase coming to Danville
DANVILLE — Dwight Johnson is conducting the Midwest Elite Showcase for high school basketball players (varsity or junior varsity) June 2 at Danville High School. The cost is $50 per player, and the event for athletes from throughout the state will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food will be provided. Contact Johnson at 217-504-5810 in advance to register.
Tigers do it again
WESTVILLE — Last year, Nick Woods was the only sophomore to win an individual event in the boys' track and field sectional where Westville competed. He followed up on his 2011 title in the shot put by repeating in his specialty at the Monticello Sectional. His performance as a junior (48 feet, 5 3/4 inches) was nearly 2 feet beyond what he did the previous year.
Each of the last two years, the Tigers had an individual qualifier in a second event. Both years, it was the 100 meters. In 2011, the sectional champion was Brandon Pratt.
Last Friday, the runner-up was junior Shane Overshiner.
Viking headed to Tennessee State
DANVILLE — Senior Shawneis Jones, from Danville, signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Tennessee State. An All-Big 12 honorable mention selection as a senior middle hitter, Jones was second on the Vikings with an average of 2.1 kills per set.
Danville's valedictorian, Jones plans to major in communications.
Veteran official earns reward
DANVILLE — Bob Rice, the Schlarman principal, has had 26 years of experience as a starter at IHSA sectional meets, working boys' and girls' meets most years. He has been on the starting crew for either the Big Ten Conference's men's or women's league meets, indoors three times and outdoors twice.
Until last week, however, he had never been called by the IHSA to serve as a paid official at a state meet. His duties at the three-day girls' meet in Charleston were to serve as the field events head referee.
Ellars hired by Monticello
MONTICELLO — Former Salt Fork girls' basketball head coach Dave Ellars was hired as the girls' basketball head coach at Monticello. Last winter, Ellars was a basketball assistant at Unity, where he also coaches softball. During his three years at Salt Fork, the Storm was 63-24 and played for a regional title each year.
Homer to honor Hall of Famers
HOMER — Three former athletes and one athletic team were chosen for induction into the Homer High School Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place Saturday in conjunction with the Homer Alumni Banquet, which will start at 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Junior High.
Upcoming inductees are Ron Umbarger (1972 graduate), Greg Bange (1980 graduate) and Jodi Krukewitt (1986 graduate) along with the 1968 football team and Wesley Tibbetts (1935 graduate), whose distinguished military career included a Purple Heart. He was shot down and killed over Germany while on his 51st combat mission during World War II. Umbarger, Bange and Krukewitt were each All-Area picks in basketball.
Deja vu — sort of — at tennis sectional
URBANA — Some of the results from last week's boys' tennis sectional looked strikingly similar to previous years.
For the second year in a row, the singles champion was a freshman from Champaign. This year's winner was Centennial's Sunny Singh, who lost five games in four matches. The 2011 titlist, Central's Austin Aten, finished third and qualified for state.
The doubles champions — for the third consecutive year — were Uni High teammates Alex Mestre and Edo Roth. They lost eight games in four matches. A year ago at sectional, they dropped nine games in four matches.
Danville's Tyler Ellis became a three-time state qualifier in doubles. Each year, he has had a different partner. This year, it's Logan Nelson. Last spring, it was Matthew Kidwell, and in 2010 it was Ryan Dyar.
Area schools looking for coaches
A cross-country head coach and an assistant's position need to be filled at St. Joseph-Ogden. Interested individuals should contact either SJ-O Principal Brian Brooks or athletic director Dick Duval at 217-469-2332.
At Centennial, the school is in need of head coaches and assistant coaches for boys' and girls' swimming. Contact BRIAN EASTER at 217-351-3988 if interested.