CHAMPAIGN — There will be no shortage of runners in town Saturday. In addition to the seventh Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, Champaign Central will hold its 10th girls’ track and field invitational at Centennial High School.
04-22-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!
04-22-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast. Fred Kroner, Matt Daniels, and Scott Richey. This week the podast looks at several coaching changes in high school football and basketball. Also review the past week in Baseball Softball and other spring sports.
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FARMER CITY — Kyle Watson saw the telltale signs.
He missed his father’s 80th birthday party. He was coaching a high school basketball game.
A colleague in the Heart of Illinois Conference, Ridgeview’s Rodney Kellar, lost his father last month the night after his Mustangs qualified for the Class 1A state tournament.
Sixteen teams start the journey to an NBA championship, but only one can win it all. The projections of hoops coaches from around the state:
Watseka boys, girls
A bid to bring the boys state high school basketball tournament back to Champaign-Urbana included a $750,000 financial commitment from area donors and communities, discounts on hotel rates and a new slogan: “Legends Play Here.”
High school sports are a runaway freight train.
Parents seem to be operating the controls.
The movement is a powerful one and not restricted to one area or another.
Last year, it was St. Thomas More unceremoniously dumping girls’ basketball coach Chris Mennig weeks after the Sabers’ record-breaking state championship run.
The constant on the prep sports scene, it seems, is change.
Earlier in the school year, Maroa-Forsyth announced it’s leaving the Okaw Valley Conference after the 2015-16 school year.
That conference will operate with five schools.
This week, officials at Eureka confirmed intentions to withdraw from the Corn Belt Conference following the 2015-16 school year.
How are the spring sports faring? What were The News-Gazette/Parkland College All-Star basketball games like last Sunday? When is The N-G track and field honor roll meet? What baseball, softball or girls' soccer teams might find their way to the state tournament? How do we select our area athletes of the week?
Boys: Team Gold, 107, Team Black 83
CHAMPAIGN — Parker Lee was the star of the all-stars.
The Oakwood High School senior wasn’t the player with the highest recruiting profile or the most prolific regular-season stats among the athletes chosen to play in the fourth Parkland College/News-Gazette boys’ basketball all-star game.