Cross Country

Cross Country

Area School of the Year: St. Joseph-Ogden

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.

Blaase going the distance

Chelsea Blaase held the winning numbers this school year.

The trifecta that the former St. Joseph-Ogden athlete hit was 10, 4 and 6.

As a junior at the University of Tennessee, Blaase accumulated All-America honors in three sports at three distances.

Sunday Conversation: Craig Anderson

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.

Kroner: Is coaching worth trouble?

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.

Centennial hires new AD

CHAMPAIGN — Tony Millard, formerly of the Meridian Unit 15 school district, is now officially a Charger.

Updated: M-S joining Apollo

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.

Best of Fred: No. 10 — A difficult process

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.

Boys' state notes: Luesse, Davis shine on Day 1

CHARLESTON — Aaron Luesse and Jon Davis will shoot for the trifecta on Saturday.

Luesse, a hurdler from Unity, and Davis, a distance runner from Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac, qualified for the state track and field meet with the top times in their specialties last week at their sectional meets.

05-27-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

05-27-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!

05-27-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Fred Kroner, Scott Richey, and Alex Roux look at the busy world of Spring High School Sports.  Everything from Soccer to Track and Field, Tennis, and Baseball is in full swing in the State Championship season,

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M-S exploring league options

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour Principal Shannon Cheek said the school may move toward a breakup with the Corn Belt Conference.

It’s a matter of competitiveness and compatibility, he said — particularly where enrollment is concerned.

“We’re growing,” he said. “Member schools of the Corn Belt are not.”