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Football

Central's football home opener 'on track'

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Central football team anticipates being able to use Tommy Stewart Field for its Aug. 24 game against Metamora despite construction delays ealier this summer.

Spartans eye return to playoffs after 2017 absence

ST. JOSEPH — Before the 2017 season started, none of the current St. Joseph-Ogden football players were alive the last time the Spartans missed the playoffs.

They were forced to experience that feeling, though, following a 4-5 finish to the 2017 campaign.

Prep pulse: July 9, 2018

Though it's early July, the number of high school sports that aren't far from kicking off the 2018-19 school year would make one's mind spin.

Blue Devils young but confident

BISMARCK — If a high school football roster contains just one returning rising senior starter, that program's athletes arguably could be a little concerned about their upcoming season.

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin is not familiar with this belief. Just ask that one returning senior starter.

Schools unite to honor late Eagles standout

RANTOUL — Last Friday morning, the Rantoul football team's Twitter account released a moving image.

Various members of the program surrounded Monticello football coach Cully Welter, and the tweet's accompanying text expressed gratitude for the Sages' gridiron boss and both schools' athletic league, the Illini Prairie Conference.

Unit 4 assessing effects of heavy rain on Tommy Stewart Field upgrades

CHAMPAIGN — Recent heavy rain took a toll on the construction project underway at Unit 4's Tommy Stewart Field.

District officials couldn't say Monday whether the rain damage will affect the planned Aug. 24 start of the high school football season.

The field at Centennial High School is used by both the Chargers and Central Maroons.

Prep pulse: July 2, 2018

Coaching changes are bound to happen in high school sports, for any number of reasons.

But it's hard to overlook just how many coaches have stepped aside following their respective 2017-18 campaigns.

Tons of well-known individuals have decided to move on from coaching, or jump from one leadership position to another.

Proposed IHSA format shift presents a mixed bag

As recently as two months ago, the concept of district format instead of a conference style appeared realistic for the future of IHSA football.

Perhaps it still is, but Tuscola coach Andy Romine isn't so sure anymore.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.