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.
Change is inevitable.
Some of us embrace it. Some resist it.
The only certainty is that it’s coming, often in ways we cannot currently even imagine.
The newspaper business is no exception.
We used to write stories on a typewriter, and a composing room person would set the words in type.
In boys’ golf
■ At Normal. Centennial shot a 629 to finish fourth at the IHSA Class 2A state championship. The Chargers were led by Mike Braverman and Christian Khachaturian who both shot 154 over two rounds, good enough for a tie for 14th individually. Isaac Overman shot a 157 for 25th individually.
NORMAL — The Centennial boys’ golf team hit Joe’s Station House Friday night after the first round of the Class 2A state golf tournament. Then they adjourned to their hotel for a little rest, relaxation — and hot-tubbing.