ST. JOSEPH — One area high school administrator said the proposed Okaw Valley Conference merger with the Corn Belt Conference shouldn’t affect transportation costs as much as people may expect.
St. Joseph-Ogden Principal Gary Page said his school district has traveled fairly extensively already in most sports outside of conference play, especially in football.
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Senior Kirsten Slaughter, from Urbana, was a multiple-event winner and all-conference honoree for Illinois Wesleyan at the CCIW Swimming & Diving Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Slaughter won the 50 freestyle in 23.33 seconds, which is the sixth-best time in Division III, as well as the 200 free in 1 minute, 52.50 seconds.
BLOOMINGTON — The Corn Belt and Okaw Valley conferences came one step closer to a merger Tuesday morning, when the 10 principals from both conferences voted unanimously at a meeting at Bloomington Central Catholic to move forward with the formation of a new conference.
After years of seismic shifts in the conference landscape, the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt conferences may finally find themselves on solid ground if discussions of a merger between the two leagues move forward.
For Brad Wilson, Dave Jones was more than a co-worker, an avid prep sports fan and a mentor.
He was a friend.
Jones, described as a “super-fan” by those who met him, died on Monday. He was 68.
Jones graduated from Allerton-Broadlands-Longview High School in 1965 and went on to coach sports at Heritage and Villa Grove.
NAME SCHOOL YR.
Ben Carnahan Champaign Central Jr.
Varun Chopra Urbana Uni High Jr.
Blake Lindenmeyer Arcola/ALAH Jr.
Clayton Miller Arcola/ALAH Jr.
URBANA — Varun Chopra certainly has the game for college golf. He wouldn’t have drawn the interest of Illinois coach Mike Small — who’s built the Illini into the No. 1 team in the country — without it.
Coach of the Year: Bismarck-Henning’s Terry French
Why he’s Coach of the Year: French coached a team of four sophomores and two juniors to the Class 1A state tournament — the lone area team to advance that far. The Blue Devils finished 10th behind sophomores Hunter Keith (60th overall) and Skyler Mitchell (73rd overall).