Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at

Centennial announces 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame class

CHAMPAIGN -- Eleven individuals will be inducted into the Centennial High School Athletics Hall of Fame next year, Unit 4 Schools announced Monday.

This is the second group selected to the Chargers' hall. It indclues a variety of athletes, with one alumnus from 1970 and another from 2010.

Central's Milton commits to Illinois baseball

CHAMPAIGN — Connor Milton is officially a trendsetter.

The Champaign Central junior on Monday night verbally committed to Dan Hartleb’s University of Illinois baseball program through a tweet. The decision came two days after the orange and blue offered Milton during an official visit.

Danville ready to prove worth in American Legion tournament

DANVILLE — It's time to move on.

The controversy surrounding American Legion baseball's Illinois state tournament is in the rearview mirror, according to Danville Post 210 Gold coach Allan Shepherd.

Now, Shepherd wants his club to prepare for the Great Lakes Regional and a shot at the Legion national championship.

Bacys has Danville's seal of approval

DANVILLE — For the last 11 years, B.J. Luke sat at the top tier of Danville High School sports.

That changed last week when Luke retired from his role as athletic director. It didn't take him long to espouse the new man in charge.

"He'll do a nice job for us," Luke said. "And he dresses better than I do."

Ex-Illini, ex-area players in pro baseball: July 31, 2018


OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Judah Christian starting anew with Perez

CHAMPAIGN — Adrian Perez never imagined himself becoming a high school athletic director, and his career path to this point didn't really suggest the possibility.

Danville vies for state supremacy

DANVILLE — Two wins, two losses.

That's how the Danville Post 210 Gold baseball team began its 2018 American Senior Legion campaign.

It wasn't a picturesque opening for a program that qualified for the Legion state tournament each of the last two seasons.

But it also didn't bother coach Allan Shepherd.

Griffin making most of his summer break before joining Illini

DANVILLE — Caleb Griffin isn't used to having this much downtime.

As a four-year, four-sport athlete at Danville High School, the recent graduate competed in football, soccer, basketball and baseball. That made it easy for Griffin to fill his calendar — on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

Now, Griffin is waiting.

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2017-18 school year

We're getting close to starting another school year, which means prep sports are on the horizon. When area golf teams are able to kick off their respective campaigns come Aug. 9, things officially will be in full swing.