DANVILLE — Gary Gritton, who coached the Danville High School baseball team for 12 seasons and won nearly 200 games, has resigned.
Gritton cited the increasing difficulty of continuing to be effective both in the classroom as a history teacher and in his coaching duties.
GREENVILLE — St. Joseph-Ogden’s secondary will receive a chance to add to some impressive season totals. The Spartans (10-2) have intercepted 17 passes this season, seven by Jake Stewart and five by Jake Pence. They are two of the team’s four defensive backs.
Officials association schedules inductions
CHAMPAIGN — Three men will be feted for their contributions to basketball in tonight’s 27th tipoff meeting for the Illini Basketball Officials Association at Jupiter’s at the Crossing.
ATWOOD — The Oct. 18 football homecoming game at Atwood-Hammond will be a special one: It will be the school’s final one.
A year ago, Atwood-Hammond teamed with Arthur-Lovington for a co-op in most sports. In June, A-H will close and become part of the Arthur-Lovington district.
Area golf teams have less than a week to finish their preparations for the postseason. Boys’ regional tournaments start Tuesday. One day later, girls’ regionals will be held. In all cases, qualifiers move on to sectionals scheduled for Oct. 14. The state meets will be Oct. 18-19.
Summer baseball locally has not yet struck out. Harry Rakers prefers to think of it as in a save situation.
A new pitch is being delivered.
Rakers’ involvement in baseball in the Champaign area goes back more than three decades. Urbana’s Gene Hoffman has been around the game for nearly 40 years. At Rantoul, Garry Smith’s coaching tenure has surpassed a quarter of a century.
Bulldogs running to success
MAHOMET — One area of emphasis for Mahomet-Seymour boys’ cross-country coach Neal Garrison — whose squad is ranked third in Class 2A — is improvement, not just among his team leaders, but from any of the 31 runners on his team.
ST. JOSEPH — When the Indiana baseball team made its run to the College World Series in June, Hunter Hart watched on television from his home and thought to himself, “It would be kind of cool to play on this stage.”
At the time, the hard-throwing right-hander who was drawing interest from Division I programs had yet to hear from the Hoosiers. They came calling a few weeks later.