TEAMS OF THE YEAR
We asked Fisher’s Josh Wallick what high school sports meant to him:
High school athletics helped mold me as an individual. Creating a personal identity for yourself in high school is important because it changes how you interact with others in high school.
Where do you think the Central athletic facilities rank in the Big 12?
Becky Clayton Anderson played high school basketball for a team called the Redskins (Sullivan).
In the fall, she’ll have a daughter entering high school where the team nickname is the Braves (Mount Zion).
Mahomet-Seymour girls’ soccer coach Joey Gruner checked in after the United States defeated Ghana 2-1 on Monday at the World Cup. Here is his report:
Some key storylines before kickoff:
Will two inexperienced (in World Cup competition) center backs hold up for the U.S. defense?
At a youthful 53, Sally Walker is way too young to retire. But after 31 years at Uni High, Walker is ready for new challenges. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with Walker in Salem, Va., where she is working at the NCAA Division II softball tournament. She is in charge of the umpires, so Walker has plenty on her plate for what will be a busy retirement.
Honor Roll track update
CHAMPAIGN — Area track and field coaches need to confirm their entries online at Athletic.net for the upcoming News-Gazette Honor Roll track and field meet.
Entries will close at 5 p.m. May 17 for the 33rd annual competition, which will be held May 19 at the UI track. There is no charge for the online registration.
ST. JOSEPH — Former St. Joseph-Ogden athletic director Dale Doehring will be enshrined posthumously Saturday night in the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in Peoria.
Doehring, who died in April 2012, was SJ-O’s athletic director from 1979 until retiring in 2004.
ATWOOD — Most of us don’t know when the end will occur.
Kaitie Wildman knows. It will stop with her.
When Atwood-Hammond holds its final graduation ceremony in 23 days, Wildman will be the last student to receive a diploma.
NORMAL — Nearly three dozen area basketball coaches from all levels will be honored Saturday at the annual Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame banquet. In all, 34 area coaches — or coaches with area connections — will be among the 311 from the state who will be feted at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center.