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.
Let’s paint a picture. Imagine having the chance to view the Mona Lisa when Leonardo da Vinci was only three-fourths finished.
Would you — or could you — anoint it the best painting ever?
My feeling is no. It is imperative to see what the complete work reveals.
The same theory applies to the list of top high school athletes I’ve watched perform.
PAXTON — In her four years with the Paxton-Buckley-Loda cross-country program, Becky Kasten says she developed a family-like relationship with her runners.
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.
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.