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.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Price guided the Knights to a berth in a Class 1A super-sectional, where they lost 1-0 to the state’s eventual third-place team. The sectional crown was the first in school history, and the 20-win season was the third in the past five years, leaving Price one win from 150 career victories.
Final Top 10
TEAM (PREVIOUS) RECORD
1. Danville (3) 16-6-3 Outscored opponents 59-23
2. Blue Ridge (4) 21-2-4 Outscored opponents 85-17
3. Champ. Central (1) 14-4-3 Outscored opponents 63-24
NAME SCHOOL YR. POSITION
David Anderson Urbana Sr. Midfielder
Max Berry Judah Christian So. Forward
SCHOOL CONF. ALL
Normal Comm. 8-0-2 24-1-2
Peoria ND 8-1-1 16-5-4
Central 6-2-2 14-4-3
Danville 5-2-3 16-6-3
Urbana 5-3-2 12-7-2
DANVILLE — Cameron Griffin is glad he didn’t make an early commitment.
As a sixth-grader, he was an outfielder on a North Ridge Middle School baseball team that qualified for the IESA state tournament.
“Baseball was my favorite sport,” Griffin said. “I remember thinking I was better at baseball, maybe it could take me farther, maybe I should give up soccer.”
Big 12 Conference
FIRST TEAM (x — unanimous selection)
PLAYER, SCHOOL GOALS
Dylan Grammer, Blue Ridge 34
Max Berry, Judah 29
Jovany Martinez, ALAH 27
Alex Zarco, Ch. Central 22
Noah Darr, SF/W 21
Adan Varela, Iroquois West 21
Dennis Freeman, STM 20