Cross Country

Cross Country

Aug. 10 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 2:00pm

Sports editor Matt Daniels is back from vacation and eagerly anticipating what will transpire now that the school year is nearly here, both for Illinois athletics, junior college athletics and high school athletics. Will the Illini make a bowl game? What's the next big-time prospect Lovie Smith or Brad Underwood lands? What area high school programs might win a state title?

Aug. 10 prep sports chat

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:30pm

High school athletics for the 2017-18 school year are about to get underway. What football teams could contend for a state title? Will Champaign Central or Centennial fare better in football? Which cross-country teams, boys' soccer teams and other fall sports could go on a postseason run? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is back to answer any of your inquiries in his 12:30 p.m.

From the sports editor's desk

The high school cross-country season can't get here soon enough for area running enthusiasts.

Count Dustin Dees among them.

The second-year Tuscola cross-country coach is so eager for his teams to get a head start on the season, he's getting the Douglas County Sheriff's Office involved. For a good reason.

On your mark, get set ...

With the start of high school sports just days away, we asked prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis to answer five burning questions.

1. Will Mahomet-Seymour repeat as state cross country champions?

The Mahomet-Seymour cross-country team didn't just win a state title a year ago. They ran an historic race.

July 20 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

The calendar is about to officially flip to 2017-18 for area high schools and Illinois athletics alike. So another year is about to start for The News-Gazette sports staff, too. What stories do you want to see this fall? Which area athletes have an interesting story to tell? What questions do you have about area preps or the Illini?

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked 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 in 20.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

Five prep events to watch

July is the only month in the year without a high school athletic event going on. Don't fret. Staff writer Scott Richey offers up four fall sporting events to keep an eye on once the 2017-18 school year starts.

Aug. 25-26

Libertyville Invitational

Freshman Davis going the distance for Illini

EUGENE, Ore. — At one point in his distinguished high school running career at Oakwood, Jon Davis wanted to run for Oregon.