In 2005, we asked now-retired sports writer 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 20.
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1. Unity boys’ cross-country. Dominant performance by five seniors at state; they placed among the top 14 individually, leading Rockets to a Class 1A state crown.
2. LeRoy boys’ basketball. School’s first state trophy in the sport was for first place in Class 1A.
Davis was the top distance runner in Illinois this year, and it wasn’t even close. The Illinois signee broke 14 minutes in cross-country, then ran the seventh-fastest time in IHSA history in the 1,600 meters (4:05.81) during track season. We asked the former Comet to offer 10 pieces of advice to young athletes:
The 2015-16 school year was a tough one for local high school athletics. We remember 10 former athletes, coaches, fans and innovators who passed away in the last 12 months.
■ Stephen Montez, 24, July 16, 2015. Former St. Thomas More wrestler won 114 matches with the Sabers.
The offseason might be in full effect for area high school athletes, but it's never too early to look ahead. That's what preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here for. What football teams might surprise in 2016? When does The News-Gazette Preps Year in Review come out? Who's the next big-time recruit to come out of C-U? Ask and Zilis will provide an answer in his 12:30 p.m.
URBANA — The first postseason event of the 2016-17 school year isn’t until Oct. 4, when boys’ golfers will tee off in regional action across the state.
But the Illinois High School Association is slated to unveil classifications for all sports on Wednesday. One area school, however, already knows two of its sports are moving up a class based on recent success.
When do the rest of the All-Area teams come out? Who are some high school athletes to keep an eye on next school year? What teams surprised preps coordinator Anthony Zilis the most this past school year? Zilis is chatting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but you can go ahead and ask questions ahead of time.
Here’s a look back at our Athlete of the Week honorees from start to finish:
Male: Bailey Crose, Hoopeston Area soccer
Female: Lauren Whitehouse, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country
Male: Clayton Miller, Arcola/ALAH golf
Female: Kylie Michael, SJ-O volleyball
The 2015-16 preps season might be in the books, but that doesn't mean there aren't questions you can pepper preps coordinator Anthony Zilis with. Maybe you're interested in Jon Davis' continued assault on 4 minutes. Maybe you have questions about Doug Wallen's transfer from St. Thomas More to Champaign Central. Or maybe you're interetsed in looking ahead to 2016-17.
The school year wasn’t quite over yet, but already Randy Moss had taken down most of the wall decor in his office at Monticello High School. The assistant principal and athletic director of 22 years is retiring in June and many of his prized possessions lay in a cardboard box on his floor. On Wednesday, Moss excitedly revealed he had 11 working days left until he called it a career.