Prep pulse: March 18, 2019

Prep pulse: March 18, 2019

The spring sports season is officially under way.

Baseball, softball, girls' soccer and boys' tennis events were contested last week through iffy weather, joining the already-ongoing indoor track and field scene.

That means there are some things to discuss pertaining to the conclusion of winter prep athletics and the start of the spring campaign.

First, we have our annual All-Area teams for winter sports.

Girls' basketball will kick things off this Sunday, followed by wrestling on Tuesday, March 26, boys' swimming and diving on Thursday, March 28, and boys' basketball on Sunday, March 31.

Ten-player first teams will be named for both All-Area hoops packages, and 10 boys will be picked for the swimming and diving first team. Wrestling ups that figure to 14, in coordination with the number of weight classes.

Many more athletes will be recognized through second teams, special mention picks and honorable mention choices, depending on the sport.

On which team each kid winds up is a combination of decisions made by myself and sports editor Matt Daniels, as well as the opinions of area coaches.

Moving on to spring action, we'll have our Faces of Spring photos running in The News-Gazette soon.

An astounding 246 youngsters from local high schools showed up in downtown Champaign on March 10 to have their image snapped. We'll be putting the results in print starting later this month and running through the end of the spring sports season.

We do not have set days for when we are going to run certain kids' photos. The only thing we try to focus on is making sure someone's picture is printed before his or her season comes to an end.

Photo editor Robin Scholz also will put together online galleries for each sport so family and friends can see these images whenever they'd like.

As area competitors try to battle through the cold and wet weather that normally accompanies this time of year, we'll do our best to report results from events that actually take place, and note reschedulings when we learn of them.

The last thing I want to bring up today is separate entirely from the rest of this writing.

Multiple people pointed out that a graphic we ran last week with a story about current Illinois/former Centennial baseball player Kellen Sarver didn't mention ex-Champaign Central athlete Alec Barger as a former local star in the Division I ranks.

Barger, who was drafted last summer by the Milwaukee Brewers, currently plays for North Carolina State. I'm sorry that oversight occurred.

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