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New SJ-O AD builds off success

ST. JOSEPH — One of the more successful athletic programs in the area will have a new athletic director next school year.

Proposed league ready to go distance

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.

Feb. 25 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

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.

Okaw Valley, Corn Belt principals vote unanimously for merger

BLOOMINGTON — The Corn Belt and Okaw Valley conferences came one step closer to a merger Tuesday morning, when the 10 principals from both conferences voted unanimously at a meeting at Bloomington Central Catholic to move forward with the formation of a new conference.

Bulletin board: Oakwood's Davis earns another accolade

FITHIAN — Oakwood senior Jon Davis was crowned the state’s top distance runner after he was named the Gatorade Illinois Boys’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year in January.

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.