VILLA GROVE – When Rick Carr graduated from high school in 1972, the football program was on an 11-game winning streak.
His senior year, the unbeaten Blue Devils were ranked 13th among all high schools in Illinois, but the team never had a chance to compete for a state championship. The IHSA playoffs weren't established until 1974.
The rating game
In 2005, we asked 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.
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1. Centennial boys' basketball. State championship and school-record win total (32) during a season for the ages.
In his words
We asked boys' Athlete of the Year Andrew Brewer to describe what high school sports meant to him:
In her words
We asked girls' Athlete of the Year Molly Romine to describe what high school sports meant to her:
PAXTON – Kendall Cox scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie, helping Paxton-Buckley-Loda edge St. Thomas More 3-2 in Sangamon Valley Conference baseball action Friday.
Millage powers Sabers; Russell leads Urbana win
CHARLESTON – Don McDuffee had four hits to help Centennial tie Charleston 9-9 in a baseball game ended Wednesday after nine innings because of darkness.
CHAMPAIGN – Jasmine White's four hits powered Urbana's 15-hit attack as the Tigers defeated Champaign Central 9-5 Monday in prep softball. Sheena McNeil added three hits. White knocked in four runs for the Tigers (7-13). Reba Perry and Brittany Likens added two hits.
Monica Rondon had two hits, including a triple, for the Maroons.
Herges, Rubarts lift PBL softball; Mennenga shines
CHAMPAIGN – The Centennial team of David Ruedi and Billy Regan went 4-0 to win the No. 1 doubles title at the Charger Doubles Invitational in boys' tennis action Saturday. Centennial placed fifth out of 16 teams.