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