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Boys Golf

Philo resident renews plea for golf team at Unity High

TOLONO — For the second year in a row, a community member has proposed starting a golf team at Unity High School.

Philo resident Doug Boyer, who has taught the sport for the past five years at the University of Illinois, first made the proposals to the Unit 7 school last March. This week, he made the request again.

Fred Kroner: Challenging times for IHSA

BLOOMINGTON — The IHSA, in some quarters, is viewed as the Evil Empire.

It’s a perception that is prevalent among those with gripes about an organization in its 114th year of existence.

Some criticize the IHSA for its multiplier policy that is applied to non-boundaried schools.

Others don’t like the number of championships that are permitted in a particular sport.

Bulletin board: B-H's Bott selects Marshall

BISMARCK — Senior Andy Bott, from Bismarck-Henning, will sign a letter of intent next month to continue his golf career at Marshall University, in Conference USA. He will major in business and said eventually, “I want to do something in the golf industry.”

Bott, the area Player of the Year for the past three seasons, also considered Illinois Wesleyan University.

Life remembered: Sam Wells

CHAMPAIGN — Before the age of 25, Sam Wells’ golf resume included an accomplishment that often eludes competitors who’ve devoted a half-century to the game.

The 2007 St. Thomas More graduate had a hole-in-one.

Big 12 revamp ahead of schedule

CHAMPAIGN ­— Coming to a field or stadium sooner than expected: the revamped Big 12 Conference.

The expanding high school athletic league will have conference schedules in play in 20 of 21 sports when another school year starts in August.

Chargers grad receives soccer invite

CHAMPAIGN — Shortly after awakening from a nap on Dec. 11, Jacob Bushue began to scroll through his Twitter feed.

Peoria schools joining Big 12

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Boys' Golf Coach of the Year: STM's Mark Tate

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Third-year head coach directed the Sabers to the area’s best finish at state, seventh in the Class 1A meet. The team had a top-10 placer, his son Christopher, who tied for sixth after opening the meet with the fourth-best 18-hole score ever recorded at state (68).

Boys' Golfer of the Year: B-H's Andy Bott

BISMARCK — It’s not often that a golfer enters the clubhouse, after putting out on No. 18, and announces, “I had one bad shot today.”

Such an occurrence is about as common as a baseball pitcher throwing a perfect game. In the World Series. In Game 7. At home.

Bott earns top-10 state finish — again

BLOOMINGTON — Andy Bott would have preferred to tee off later Saturday with the first-day leaders, but that was before a wicked wind kicked up at Prairie Vista Golf Course.