Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:
Can I say up front I think this is a bad idea? I don’t like it.
Hardly a year goes by where I don’t cover between 100 and 140 high school basketball games.
Inevitably, in mid-March, someone will ask me the score of a game I saw in mid-November.
Of all the games I’ve seen, there’s only one score I actually remember. It was in January 1991, when Sullivan’s girls’ basketball team won at Decatur St. Teresa, 115-15.
Athletes of the Week
St. Joseph-Ogden, football
Recently: Rushed for 170 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Spartans shut out Monticello to reach the Class 3A quarterfinals.
Recently: Had team-high totals of 19 kills, 10 blocks and four aces in the championship match of the ECIC tournament against Judah Christian.
In her own words: “We play as a family. We’re very close.”
I’m driving ... a Dodge Avenger
My last text went to ... Jay
For Halloween, I’m going as ... a cat
of the Week
DANVILLE BOYS’ SOCCER
In a battle between schools unbeaten in Big 12 Conference play, the Vikings made the most of their eight shots, scoring twice, while Normal Community (8-2-1 overall) couldn’t find the net on any of its 14 attempts. Mikee Maniquis and Gracson Torres scored for Danville.
of the Week
Recently: Middle hitter was an all-tournament choice as the Panthers won the PBL Invitational. She leads the team with 95 kills.
St. Joseph-Ogden, Senior
Recently: Hit a home run in seven consecutive games. On Friday, she hit two two-run homers to account for all the runs in a 4-3 win against Unity.
■ SJ-O 15, Iroquois West 1. Winning pitcher Hunter Hart (7-1) struck out nine in four innings for host St. Joseph-Ogden (16-5), which got a three-run home run from Louis Acklin. Aaron Woller went 2 for 2, including a solo home run, in the victory, and teammate Chase Gadau had two hits and four RBI. Henry Gerritson hit a home run for the Raiders.