For much of the past 12 years, I’ve written weekly or biweekly lists on a variety of topics, most of which were sports-related.
These selections are my 25 favorites, including the dates they were published in the newspaper.
There’s one list that’s not a top five. It’s a top one.
I don’t have a favorite athlete, but I do have a favorite athlete’s name.
A few questions with: Former Illini and Mahomet-Seymour Bulldog Brett Melton
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1. Unity boys’ track and field. Class 1A state champions had nine athletes with first-place medals, either individually or as part of a relay.
2. Centennial baseball. Made a statement postseason run, reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in Class 3A.
July 14, 2014: Maroa-Forsyth announces its intentions to leave the revamped Okaw Valley Conference in two years, to join the Sangamo Conference. When the Okaw league reformed, schools had agreed not to move within the first five years.
Mahomet-Seymour’s Joe Kenney was the narrow choice as Area Male Senior Athlete of the Year over two other multisport stars, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond’s Tyler Schuring and Cissna Park’s Devon Laubscher. Kenney was a three-time All-Area first-team pick in baseball, was a second-team All-Area selection in football and earned All-Area honorable mention laurels in basketball.
ST. JOSEPH — It wasn’t just one sport. Nor was it one group of athletes.
St. Joseph-Ogden’s return to the top of The News-Gazette Area All-Sports Standings was a cumulative effort of contributions from a significant portion of the student body.
Last fall, nearly 35 percent of all SJ-O students (160 of 462) participated in a sport.
2 P.M. FRIDAY
Beat writer Marcus Jackson says Rayvonte Rice will play summer league basketball for the Chicago Bulls.
The Illinois High School Association’s “success adjustment” was successfully delayed a full school year, but that came to an end this week. Non-boundaried schools with too many state trophies in a four-year span are now bumped up a class. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY looks at that, and four other enrollment/classification tidbits that caught his eye:
Area coaches and administrators are in agreement: welcome changes are coming to IHSA postseason tournaments.
The Bloomington-based state high school organization this week announced it is altering course for establishing postseason pairings in team sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball.