Cross Country

Cross Country

Okaw, Corn Belt discuss possible merger

After years of seismic shifts in the conference landscape, the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt conferences may finally find themselves on solid ground if discussions of a merger between the two leagues move forward.

A Life Remembered: Dave Jones

For Brad Wilson, Dave Jones was more than a co-worker, an avid prep sports fan and a mentor.

He was a friend.

Jones, described as a “super-fan” by those who met him, died on Monday. He was 68.

Jones graduated from Allerton-Broadlands-Longview High School in 1965 and went on to coach sports at Heritage and Villa Grove.

On campus: North Central athletes honored

— Two area athletes who attend North Central were awarded All-Academic CCIW honors for the fall semester. To receive the honor, the athlete must be a full-time student who earned a letter and had at least a 3.30 grade-point average.

Bulletin board: Wildman finds school

Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis dishes on the latest news concerning the local high school sports scene:

Wildman picks college

Much like Monticello did two seasons ago, the Truman State football team decided to switch to a spread offense this upcoming season to open up a run-heavy attack.

Bulletin board: Honor surprises Butler

The memories hit Jeff Butler like a wave.

Salt Fork's Kimbro, Iowa connect

CATLIN — Salt Fork senior Jenny Kimbro thought her college decision was months away.

Adding a track and field scholarship into the equation, something she didn’t think was possible before last spring, complicated the process. But after she visited Iowa early last month, the decision became simple for the hurdler.

One more glance: Top 2015 stories

What moments, games, athletes and possibly even more scandal will capture our attention in 2016? Before any can come to fruition, The News-Gazette sports staff looks back at the top 10 stories from the year that was:

Video: Fall 2015 Prep Postseason Highlights

From Jon Davis's sub-14 minute state cross country race to Unity cross country's record-breaking double to Arcola's first state football title since 1988, the fall of 2015 was an historic season for News-Gazette area sports.

On campus: Big Ten athletes honored for classwork

— Four area athletes were named to the Academic All-Big Ten team for the fall. Honorees include sophomore John Strauser, from St. Thomas More (Purdue football); sophomore Sarah Knight, from Mahomet-Seymour (Michigan State cross-country); junior Dagny Olson, from Centennial (Purdue soccer); and junior Lauren Cloyd, from Centennial (Rutgers volleyball).

All-Area Boys' Cross-Country: First team, second team, special mention

First Team

Jon Davis    Oakwood    Sr.
Dawson Dodds    Unity    Sr.
Getch Eisenmenger    Unity    Sr.
Alex Keeble    Mahomet-Seymour    Sr.