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.
ST. JOSEPH — It wasn’t just one sport. Nor was it one group of athletes.
St. Joseph-Ogden’s return to the top of The News-Gazette Area All-Sports Standings was a cumulative effort of contributions from a significant portion of the student body.
Last fall, nearly 35 percent of all SJ-O students (160 of 462) participated in a sport.
CHAMPAIGN — After years of shuttling teams to Savoy, Rantoul and anywhere else with a free field, Judah Christian's athletes will soon have their own turf to call home.
The Gene A. Salmon Field of Dreams, now weeks away from completion, cost $3 million to build and comes more than three decades after the private Christian school opened.
Area coaches and administrators are in agreement: welcome changes are coming to IHSA postseason tournaments.
The Bloomington-based state high school organization this week announced it is altering course for establishing postseason pairings in team sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball.
Craig Anderson started working for the IHSA in 2011. Starting Jan. 18, 2016, he’ll take over as executive director upon Marty Hickman’s retirement after being named Hickman’s successor Tuesday.
Mechanics fix cars. Doctors fix patients.
Isn’t it time for school administrators to fix one of the many problems they face?
Teachers can generally earn tenure if they stay at a school long enough and get good reviews.
CHAMPAIGN — Tony Millard, formerly of the Meridian Unit 15 school district, is now officially a Charger.
MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour is heading to the Apollo Conference.
The longtime member of the Corn Belt Conference recently indicated an interest in seeking a new conference based on enrollment concerns and some other conference realignments that have taken place in recent years.
We are rapidly approaching my favorite time of the year as well as my least favorite time.
I have developed a love-hate relationship with the end of each prep season. It’s the time to recognize the many outstanding athletes in a sport.
That’s always a delight, honoring those who have achieved so much.