Wienke: 'It's going to be a good place to coach'

By Alex Roux/The News-Gazette

VILLA GROVE — For Stan Wienke, a return to coaching was a mix of timing and fit. 

Wienke up for VG/H job

Villa Grove/Heritage could have its new football coach this week, with the approval of Stan Wienke as Chad Musselman’s replacement on the agenda for Thursday’s school board meeting. News-Gazette staff writer Scott Richey weighs in on Wienke’s potential hire:

M-S exploring league options

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour Principal Shannon Cheek said the school may move toward a breakup with the Corn Belt Conference.

It’s a matter of competitiveness and compatibility, he said — particularly where enrollment is concerned.

“We’re growing,” he said. “Member schools of the Corn Belt are not.”

Bulletin board: IHSA recognizes area duo

CHARLESTON — Two area track officials have been selected to work the upcoming girls’ or boys’ state track and field meets as starters. Danville’s Bob Rice, in his 30th year as a track official, will serve as Class 2A starter for this week’s girls’ meet. In 2014, he was honored as the IHSA Track Official of the Year.

Bulletin board: Urbana athlete picks North Central

URBANA — Senior Anna Billman, from Urbana, signed a letter of intent last week to continue her volleyball career at North Central College in Naperville. The 6-foot middle hitter had a team-high 192 kills for the Tigers last fall and earned All-Area special mention recognition.

Chargers golfer to sign with Parkland

Faces of the fall, winter and spring

Each school year, we extend invitations to the best and brightest high school student-athletes for Picture Days at The News-Gazette. Each school year, we're amazed by the response.

May 14 high school sports chat

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 11:00am

Soon-to-be retired Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner will handle one final chat during his distinguished career here at The News-Gazette. Who was the greatest athlete he ever saw? The greatest coach? The greatest team? What's going on the area spring sports scene in 2015? Nothing is off limits in Kroner's give-and-take.

Best of Fred, No. 13: Under great direction

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:

There seems to be a perception that when an individual or a team is anointed as the best at something, then everyone else is chopped liver.

Let’s quickly set that myth to rest.

Villa Grove/Heritage football coach resigns

VILLA GROVE — Chad Musselman has resigned as the football head coach at Villa Grove/Heritage.
He made the announcement to his players on Monday at a morning weight lifting session.

"It's something I have kicked around for about three years," Musselman said. "Each year, the recovery got slower and slower and I'd think, 'Maybe this is it.' I decided it was time to make the decision."

New Chargers coach: 'We're up to the challenge'

CHAMPAIGN — Call Lekevie Johnson a believer.

“All things are possible,” the recently hired Centennial High School football coach said.

Five years ago, however, he wouldn’t have seen himself in this position.

“There are others that have probably been around as long as I have,” Johnson said, “but here we are.”