Cross Country

Cross-country coaches corner

Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted every boys' and girls' cross-country coach from conferences in our area for their thoughts about the upcoming season:

Big 12 Boys

(100 points maximum; first-place votes in parentheses)


Normal West (10) 100

Normal Community 78

Centennial 73

Nifty Fifty boys' cross-country runners


Albert Anastasio, Urbana Uni High Sr.

Matt Avenatti, Georgetown-RF/Chrisman Jr.

Petey Biddle, Monticello Sr.

Scott Blanck, Urbana Jr.

John Butcher, Mahomet-Seymour Jr.

Matt Cleveland, Danville Sr.

Nick Cole, Rantoul Sr.

Daniel Coleman, Champaign Central Sr.

Thursday's prep highlights: Troike paces Tuscola


– LINDSEY TROIKE had seven kills and KELSEY CLELAND chipped in four aces as Tuscola beat visiting Arthur 25-12, 25-20. MACKENZIE SEIP contributed three kills, and SAM KOHLBECKER had 12 assists.

– Centennial opened its season with a 25-21, 25-22 loss at Lincoln.

Familiar role as athletic director suits Wienke

TUSCOLA – Stan Wienke hasn't had time to decorate his office yet, but a few mementos still grace the walls of the space he once called his own for five years.

Kroner's favorite prep teams of all time

So many teams, so many choices.

More than three decades spent covering prep teams in the Champaign-Urbana area has created countless memories.

It's Your Business: Food store opens next week near Menards

GFS Marketplace, a food store at 502 W. Town Center Blvd., will open next week in Champaign.

The store, located near Menards, plans to open June 28. GFS stores are owned and operated by Gordon Food Service. They cater to customers of the food service as well as members of the public.

Prep Year in Review


1. Salt Fork boys' basketball. Storm will be the hunted, not the hunter, next year in Class 1A.

2. Tuscola football. In last four years, 45 wins and three state championship-game berths.

3. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley wrestling. Falcons have elevated program to an elite level in Class 1A.

Rating the schools

In 2005, we asked Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.

Boys' Athlete of Year: Cale Huisinga

We asked boys' Athlete of the Year Cale Huisinga, from Monticello, to describe what high school sports meant to him:

Girls' Athlete of the Year: Amy Martin

We asked girls' Athlete of the Year Amy Martin, from Oakwood, to describe what high school sports meant to her:

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