The curious case of Mitch McNutt: A day in the life

GIBSON CITY — It's a very specific hypothetical. But it's relevant when talking with Mitch McNutt.

Imagine you're attempting a 600-pound deadlift.

For those uninitiated, a deadlift is an exercise in which the participant tries to hoist from the ground a barbell loaded with weight, finishing the lift at the height of his or her hips.

Mitch McNutt: A Day in the Life

A behind the scenes look at the strict training and dietary regimen of former Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and University of Illinois football player Mitch McNutt.

Prep pulse: Dec. 31, 2018

Another calendar year of high school sports has come to an end.

Of course, we're in the midst of an academic year, so we can't reflect on the 2018-19 prep sports season that was.

We can, however, think back to some of the most compelling youth athletics stories of 2018, both in and around Champaign-Urbana.

Looking back at the area's best sports moments of 2018

With 2018 coming to a close today, The News-Gazette sports staff spotlights the top 10 stories that defined the last 12 months of area athletics:

Top of the Morning, Dec. 29, 2018

Throughout the week, we'll look back at what played best at in 2018 (out of more than 62 million pageviews).

Prep pulse: Dec. 24, 2018

Overshadowed by recent news of IHSA football going to a district scheduling format was a report just a short time earlier that affects many other high school sports.

Last Monday, the IHSA released enrollment classifications for fall sports during the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 school years. This is the first piece of the IHSA's new two-year classification format.

IHSA football moving to district format in 2021

Local prep football coaches are expressing surprise and concern at the passage of an Illinois High School Association proposal for district scheduling.

This historic decision was announced Tuesday morning, with a 17-vote difference between IHSA member schools’ yes and no responses.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 18, 2018

Members of state championship football teams at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Monticello picked a good day to spend at Soldier Field.

"Bears-Packers, they clinch the division and it was 45 degrees out," Monticello athletic director DAN SHEEHAN said. "It doesn't get any better."

Prep pulse: Dec. 17, 2018

Champaign Central will have a representative in a college football bowl game next month.

Jamal Stovall, a 2015 Maroons graduate, was chosen for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Spirit of America Bowl. He'll be representing both Central and the University of St. Francis, an NAIA program out of Joliet for which he was a defensive back.

2018 All-Area football teams

All-Area first team


QB    Luke Sluder    Sr.    Tuscola
QB    Braden Snyder    Sr.    Monticello