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.
Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:
TOLONO — Hurdles have always been a part of Rebecca Maxwell’s life.
It’s a natural inclusion for the paternal great-granddaughter of former Illini track and field coach and manufacturing magnate Harry Gill, whose family name still adorns hurdles worldwide.
“It’s cool,” the Unity High School senior said, “to see the impact he made on so many people.”
Thirty-two schools will be represented in Sunday’s fourth annual Parkland College/News-Gazette all-star basketball games for graduating seniors.
The girls’ game at Parkland College will begin at 1 p.m. The boys’ game will start at about 2:30.
Admission price is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.
Prep sports guru Fred Kroner is hitting the area scene, getting to know the latest happenings on the spring sports calendar. What track and field standouts might bring home a state title in late May? How is the search for a boys' basketball coach at Champaign Central going? How's the area baseball and softball scene? When's the fourth annual News-Gazette/Parkland all-star basketball games?