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:
There seems to be a perception that when an individual or a team is anointed as the best at something, then everyone else is chopped liver.
Let’s quickly set that myth to rest.
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.
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.
There’s a large group of former area prep athletes who have resurfaced as area prep head coaches.
It has been a neat perk for me to follow these individuals from the times they were being coached to the times they were doing the coaching.
03-11-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!
03-11-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast. Fred Kroner, Matt Daniels, and Scott Richey talk High School Basketball and the playoffs. They also look ahead to the Spring Sports Season with Baseball and Softball on the way.
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DECATUR — Urbana High School graduate Ryan Birt — who had more than 150 dual-meet wins in wrestling at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley — started Monday as the head wrestling coach at Millikin University, which is resurrecting its program after a seven-year hiatus.
His last day as associate head coach at Loras College, in Iowa, was Friday.
CHAMPAIGN — Centennial athletic director Brian Easter will leave the position at the end of the school year and return to teaching in the physical education department.
Easter, 43, replaced Stan Lewis as the Chargers’ AD following the 2005-06 school year and is in his ninth year on the job.
Meet the first team
NAME SCHOOL YR.
Mike Braverman Centennial Sr.
Seth Icenogle Tuscola So.
Christian Khachaturian Centennial Sr.
Clayton Miller Arcola/Arthur So.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Tate led the Sabers to their first Okaw Valley Conference tournament title and a runner-up finish at the Class 1A Bismarck Regional in addition to several midweek match wins.
CHAMPAIGN — Chris Tate’s junior year at St. Thomas More was his breakout season.
A varsity player since his freshman year, Tate took things to another level as a junior — including shooting a 4-under-par 68 for the first-round lead at the 2013 Class 1A state tournament.