Cross Country

Cross Country

Athletes of the Week: Keegan Allen and Elizabeth Rumsey

Keegan Allen
GCMS football

Why he was chosen: The senior accounted for three touchdowns — one on a 60-yard interception return and two passing touchdowns — during the Falcons’ 35-7 victory against El Paso-Gridley in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Prep preview, week of Oct. 31

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:

Sectional cross-country roundup: M-S boys take title

METAMORA — Mahomet-Seymour boys’ cross-country has a luxury of being able to tinker with its lineup at times, like regional and sectional races, where other programs lock in their top runners and hope for the best.

The Bulldogs’ depth is their advantage, and they put it to good use Saturday to win the Class 2A Decatur Sectional title and advance to next weekend’s state meet in Peoria.

Area prep cross-country leaders: Week of Oct. 24

(3-mile courses)

Pommier, Mahomet-Seymour    14:47
L. Hall, ALAH    14:48
Fortune, Mahomet-Seymour    14:49
Walmer, Mahomet-Seymour    14:49
Butcher, Mahomet-Seymour    14:56
Hodge, Mahomet-Seymour    14:58

Athletes of the Week: Oakwood's Bolton, Urbana's Rosenstein

Skylar Bolton
Oakwood football

Why he was chosen: The junior rushed for 186 yards on 38 carries and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the final minute, during the Comets’ 26-24 win against Salt Fork that clinched Oakwood’s first playoff berth since 2010. Oakwood (5-4) travels to Freeport Aquin (8-1) for a Class 1A first-round playoff game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Girls' cross-country postseason heats up

With the first leg of the postseason done, preps coordinator ANTHONY ZILIS catches up with three area girls’ cross-country programs that will race Saturday at sectionals:

Sages duo finds stride at right time

Oct. 28 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 11:30am

Illinois football hitting the home stretch. The fall high school sports season hitting a postseason fever pitch. Illini basketball getting underway. Dick Butkus the inaugural member of the Illinois athletics Hall of Fame. And plenty of local interest in the World Series what with the Chicago Cubs making it for the first time in seven decades. Busy days ahead for The News-Gazette sports staff.

Oct. 28 Prep sports chat

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 12:30pm

This is it. Area high school athletes are in the thick of postseason action. Soccer is wrapping up, cross country and volleyball are underway and the football playoffs start Friday or Saturday. Which teams are in the hunt for postseason hardware? How about some individual athletes that might bring home a medal?

Prep preview, week of Oct. 24

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:

Harmon, Helmuth win regional cross-country races

TUSCOLA — Unity’s Jordan Harmon decided right away to surge into the lead in the girls’ race at the Class 1A Tuscola Regional.

“It was after the first 100 (meters) or so,” Harmon said. “It was my strategy going into the race, so I kind of just went with it.”

Monticello’s Alex Helmuth decided to make his move about halfway through the boys’ race.