CHAMPAIGN — Dave McGillivray was at the Boston Marathon starting line on April 15, 2013.
MAHOMET — Dorothy Debolt knew something was wrong in the fall of 2013.
After helping move her daughter into a third-floor apartment before she started attending classes at the University of Nebraska, the pain Debolt felt wouldn’t subside.
CHAMPAIGN — Saturday’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon will be Katie Coffey’s first.
It will also be her last.
Not that Coffey intends to quit running. Half marathons are still in her future, and she’ll keep up her weekly runs ranging from 5 to 13 miles depending on just how many laps she takes around the 6-mile loop near her home in the country outside Mansfield.
TOLONO — Ethan Reifsteck will stand in a sea of runners when he lines up for the 5K and 10K races at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon this weekend. At 9 years old, his head won’t poke above his adult peers around him.
The new conference consisting of the 10 remaining teams in the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt Conferences will be named the Illini Prairie Conference, the conference announced Wednesday.
The conference will begin play during the 2017-2018 school year.
PONTIAC — The merger between the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt conferences is complete.
Pontiac became the final school to approve the new conference at Tuesday’s school board meeting, meaning a new 10-team league commences beginning with the 2017-18 school year.
The offseason is upon the two major programs at Illinois, but will Lovie Smith and John Groce win on the court in 2016 and off the court? How is Josh Whitman settling into his role as athletic director? Will top recruits finally land at Illinois in football and men's basketball? Who are some top area high school recruits? How does The News-Gazette determine its All-Area teams?
ST. JOSEPH — One of the more successful athletic programs in the area will have a new athletic director next school year.
ST. JOSEPH — One area high school administrator said the proposed Okaw Valley Conference merger with the Corn Belt Conference shouldn’t affect transportation costs as much as people may expect.
St. Joseph-Ogden Principal Gary Page said his school district has traveled fairly extensively already in most sports outside of conference play, especially in football.
What's going on with Illinois athletics? What are the biggest challenges Josh Whitman faces? Will John Groce be around for a fifth season? Does Bill Cubit have a chance to coach Illinois beyond 2016? How does The News-Gazette handle coverage of certain events? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all inquiries in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions beforehand.