Wondering about the area's prep scene? Three area football teams remnain in contention for state titles. Two area volleyball teams are headed to state. How about the showing of area cross-country runners last week? Executive sports editor Fred Kroner answers questions during his weekly Thursday chat, which this week will begin at 11:30 a.m. Submit your questions here any time.
PEORIA — Area athletes dropped a prolific 1-2 punch Saturday on the state cross-country scene.
Individually, Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac’s Jon Davis and Tuscola’s Eric Ponder swept the top two spots in the IHSA Class 1A boys’ championship race.
Danville coach Todd Orvis is learning what can happen when a group of cross-country runners advances to state for the first time.
“I’m fighting the ‘we’re happy to be here syndrome’ because it’s the first time any of these guys have qualified,” Orvis said.
Danville’s Class 2A team state berth is the school’s first since 2000.
The race will start, and the plan will seem simple.
Run fast and beat everybody to the finish line and become a state champion.
There are misguided perceptions about what it takes to run — and to coach — cross-country at an elite level.
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DANVILLE – Seniors Sadie Edwards, from Oakwood, and Troy Rodriguez, from Georgetown-Ridge Farm, were selected Monday as the John Dickson Memorial Sportsmanship winners for fall.
Edwards, a setter, was the choice in volleyball. Rodriguez, a running back, was the football recipient.
1. St. Joseph-Ogden 1
Top five within 59 seconds of each other at sectional
2. Monticello 5
Top five within 93 seconds of each other at sectional
3. Urbana Uni High 2
Top five within 189 seconds of each other at sectional
CISSNA PARK VOLLEYBALL
Coach Josh Landon’s Sangamon Valley Conference champions (30-4) reached the 30-win mark for the first time since 2005 by sweeping both regional foes, giving the school 24 two-set sweeps.
ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN GIRLS’ CROSS-COUNTRY
Probably no high school sport has undergone more change during my years on the scene than cross-country.
It’s a tough call because basketball added the three-point shot a quarter of a century ago after getting rid of jump balls in lieu of the alternating possession arrow.