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July 20 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

The calendar is about to officially flip to 2017-18 for area high schools and Illinois athletics alike. So another year is about to start for The News-Gazette sports staff, too. What stories do you want to see this fall? Which area athletes have an interesting story to tell? What questions do you have about area preps or the Illini?

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

Five prep events to watch

July is the only month in the year without a high school athletic event going on. Don't fret. Staff writer Scott Richey offers up four fall sporting events to keep an eye on once the 2017-18 school year starts.

Aug. 25-26

Libertyville Invitational

Freshman Davis going the distance for Illini

EUGENE, Ore. — At one point in his distinguished high school running career at Oakwood, Jon Davis wanted to run for Oregon.

Retiring PBL athletic director stayed ahead of curve

PAXTON — John Woods was only 7 years old when his father took him up the road to Paxton to watch his alma mater, Fulton, take on Paxton in the 1978 football playoffs.

But that’s when the longtime Champaign Central athletic director began associating then-Paxton running back John Overstreet with the Panthers.

Zilis: Basketball not just a game to this family

URBANA — By all appearances, this was a game Arieal Scott would lose.

But the Urbana junior girls' basketball player wasn't afraid of a challenge. Even if she had to manufacture it.

After 5-year wait, SJ-O product dominates men's 5K

CHAMPAIGN — As an eighth-grader at St. Joseph-Ogden Middle School in 2012, Brennan Guido knew he wouldn't be able to run the Presence Health Illinois 5K for another five years.

High school track season, after all, would get in the way.

Still, he set a plateau for the next time he ran the race.

Franklin gets test from Krasa for women's 5K title

CHAMPAIGN — Laura Krasa knew exactly who was in front of her as she turned into Memorial Stadium at Friday's Presence Health Illinois 5K.

"I saw her ahead of me, and I said, 'OK, I know that's Jessica (Franklin),'" Krasa said. "Anyone running around here knows her. She's one of the best runners in this area."