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Football

Schlarman leaving co-op for 8-man football league

DANVILLE — Schlarman is the latest local school to join the 8-Man Football Association, with Hilltoppers athletic director Phil Sexton announcing the move Thursday morning.

Salt Fork stays in-house for football coach

CATLIN — Joe Hageman’s ties to Salt Fork football are longstanding.
Before the school district even existed, he played the sport at Catlin.
Joe’s dad, Dan, was that program’s head coach during Joe’s high school days.
And Joe has been an assistant for the Storm the last 13 years, serving alongside his father and underneath Brian Plotner.

Hageman ready for 'unique experience' leading Storm football

CATLIN — Joe Hageman’s ties to Salt Fork football are longstanding.

Before the school district even existed, he played the sport at Catlin.

Joe’s dad, Dan, was that program’s head coach during Joe’s high school days.

And Joe has been an assistant for the Storm the last 13 years, serving alongside his father and underneath Brian Plotner.

Long wait over for Centennial's Jackson

CHAMPAIGN — Kyle Jackson has spent nearly four years champing at the bit to become a high school head football coach.

In 2015, he applied to be Centennial's new coach. Lekevie Johnson landed the role instead. In 2018, Jackson put his name in for Champaign Central's top position. Tim Turner got the call instead.

'This is a special place'

MAHOMET — Jon Adkins is not a graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School.

In fact, he played football at Charleston, one of the Bulldogs' current Apollo Conference rivals.

So why, when both programs' head coaching positions opened up after the 2018 campaign, did Adkins vie for the M-S role?

Central assistant Jackson to lead Centennial football

CHAMPAIGN — A familiar face on Champaign-Urbana prep football sidelines, Kyle Jackson has been chosen to lead Centennial’s program.

The Chargers athletics Twitter account announced the hire Monday night, with a tweet saying Jackson was confirmed by the Unit 4 Board of Education.

Albaugh steps aside at Judah Christian

A little more than a year after stepping aside as Champaign Central's football coach, Nate Albaugh has decided to stop coaching football and wrestling at Judah Christian.

Albaugh confirmed his decision to resign from both coaching jobs with the Tribe via a text message to The News-Gazette on Friday morning, but did not offer a reason for his departure.

Mahomet-Seymour tabs Adkins as new football coach

MAHOMET — Jon Adkins will be the next Mahomet-Seymour football coach, pending school board approval.

Athletic director Matt Hensley announced the decision via email Friday morning. Adkins would replace Keith Pogue, who spent the previous 11 campaigns running the Bulldogs before stepping down after the 2018 season.

Prep pulse: Feb. 11, 2019

Three area football teams celebrated a state championship in 2018.

While some might only recall Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Monticello doing that job during late November, there was another local program up to the task.

Milford/Cissna Park was the first-ever Illinois 8-Man Football Association champion, defeating Alden-Hebron for the top prize.

GCMS kicker Freehill commits to Oklahoma State football

GIBSON CITY -- For the second time in less than a week, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football is sending an athlete to the Division I ranks.

Falcons senior Ben Freehill on Monday night verbally committed to Oklahoma State, with the kicker accepting a preferred walk-on offer from the Cowboys.

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