Will Champaign Central continue its run in the Class 5A playoffs? What did LeRoy do well in its uspet of Tuscola? Arcola or GCMS? Jon Davis, best distance runner ever? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to settle any debate about the local high school sports scene as the fall sports season starts to wind down. Ask away in his 12:30 p.m.
PEORIA — The hype grew throughout the cool, early morning at Detweiller Park as the thick crowd chattered about the kid from Oakwood who declared he was gunning for the 43-year-old state record set by Craig Virgin in 1972. Before the race, Virgin approached Davis and offered him a few final words of wisdom, reiterating what he told him on the phone a few days earlier.
PEORIA — Tears pooled in Unity coach Dike Stirrett’s eyes as the Rockets’ girls’ cross-country team streamed onto the stage at Detweiller Park to join the boys an hour after Stirrett coached his last cross-country meet.
ST. JOSEPH — Across the board, one through five, St. Joseph-Ogden coach Jason Retz noticed something interesting about the Spartans’ girls’ cross-country team when he glanced at the numbers: Each position is faster than it was a year ago, when the Spartans won the Class 1A state title.
RUNNER, SCHOOL TIME
J. Davis, Oakwood 14:10
A. Keeble, Mahomet-Seymour 14:36
Warnes, Unity 14:44
Walmer, Mahomet-Seymour 14:55
Butcher, Mahomet-Seymour 15:05
Eisenmenger, Unity 15:06
11-05-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!
11-05-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast. Matt Daniels, Anthony Zilis and Colin Likas on this week's roundup of High School Sports. The Sports Guys take a look at round two of the football playoffs, volleyball playoffs and news from Track and Cross Country.
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TOLONO — Heading into high school, Andrew Warnes ran only so his breath wouldn’t shorten as he jogged up and down the basketball court.
For Getch Eisenmenger, running was his secondary sport to soccer, the game he grew up playing as a youngster in Ethiopia before moving to Tolono at age 12.
But at one time or another, the Unity seniors found they had a knack for 3-mile races.
Urbana Uni High girls
If Uni coach Doug Mynatt needed to remind the Illineks girls’ cross-country team that every runner and every second matters when it comes to winning a state title, last Saturday’s Class 1A St. Teresa Sectional should have done the trick.
Urbana Uni High soccer
Why he was chosen: The Illineks sophomore scored the game-winning goal in Uni’s super-sectional victory against Beecher, helping lead the team back to the state tournament for the second time in four years. He finished the season with nine goals and six assists.