By ANTHONY ZILIS
The countdown began about a year ago, when Bob Miller drew the first black “X” through Aug. 1 on the calendar that stretches across the kitchen wall of the two-story Monticello home he and his wife bought 77 years ago. In 10 days, the “X’s” will engulf the large red dot between Aug. 10 and 11.
By ANTHONY ZILIS
HAWTHORN — Urbana Uni High junior-to-be Varun Chopra sat in 10th place after the first two rounds of the Illinois Open Golf Championship on Tuesday with a score of 1-under 142.
LONG GROVE — Illinois sophomore-to-be Nick Hardy finished Monday’s first round of the Illinois Open Golf Championship at Royal Melbourne Country Club in a three-way tie for second place with a score of 5-under 66.
David Lawrence of Moline led the way with a 9-under 62.
With the Open Championship beginning today at St. Andrews and Jordan Spieth looking to become the first player to win the first three majors in the same season since Ben Hogan in 1953, Marcus Jackson asked some area golf types to weigh in on the 21-year-old’s chances to capture the third leg of golf’s grand slam:
CHAMPAIGN — Several people expressed their interest in becoming Parkland’s next men’s golf coach. Corbin Sebens, though, was always at the top of athletic director Rod Lovett’s list.
So Lovett sat down with the former Monticello, Parkland and Eastern Illinois standout to gauge his interest.
Corbin Sebens will continue in his role as the Parkland golf coach, the school announced on Tuesday morning.
The former Monticello standout, who later played collegiately at Parkland and Eastern Illinois, was named interim coach this past November after former coach Zach McNabney resigned due to health reasons.
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:
My interest in numbers started at the same time as my interest in sports.
The reasons were different.
For much of the past 12 years, I’ve written weekly or biweekly lists on a variety of topics, most of which were sports-related.
These selections are my 25 favorites, including the dates they were published in the newspaper.
There’s one list that’s not a top five. It’s a top one.
I don’t have a favorite athlete, but I do have a favorite athlete’s name.
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1. Unity boys’ track and field. Class 1A state champions had nine athletes with first-place medals, either individually or as part of a relay.
2. Centennial baseball. Made a statement postseason run, reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in Class 3A.
July 14, 2014: Maroa-Forsyth announces its intentions to leave the revamped Okaw Valley Conference in two years, to join the Sangamo Conference. When the Okaw league reformed, schools had agreed not to move within the first five years.