CHAMPAIGN — Normally, a few kids bask in the spotlight on Signing Day at Champaign Central, signing their Division I letters of intent along with a small contingent of elite athletes.
This year, that’s not the case.
Seven athletes who played sports for Central this year or last signed letters of intent Tuesday.
The nerves and adrenaline coursed through Jessica Franklin’s body as the gun sounded during last year’s National Association of Christian Athletes championship cross-country race on a hilly, Appalachian trail in Dayton, Tenn.
Six honored by Urbana athletics
Four former multi-sport athletes were inducted into the Urbana Hall of Fame last Friday during halftime of the Tigers’ football game against Peoria Notre Dame.
Playoff baseball begins today with the AL wild-card game, followed by the NL game Wednesday. We asked some area prep baseball head coaches who they like to win each postseason series and why:
MONTICELLO — Four new members will join the Monticello Hall of Fame on Friday night when the Sages host Maroa-Forsyth in a key Okaw Valley Conference football game, including the first-ever coach.
HOMER — Girls will not be playing on the Heritage Junior High Baseball team this fall.
A parent contacted the district asking if girls would be allowed to play on the team since a softball team was not available.
CHAMPAIGN — Verdell Jones III first burst onto the scene as a middle schooler, when he hit a three-quarters-court shot to win an IESA state title.
GIFFORD — Buckley’s Dutch Masters won a baseball game on Sunday that was historic in significance.
A 6-1 triumph over Royal enabled Buckley to win the 80th Eastern Illinois Baseball League tournament championship and secure a tie for the most E.I. postseason titles won with 13.