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

2018 All-Conference, All-County football teams

Apollo Conference


Final area football statistics: Dec. 16, 2018

Rushing leaders

Player,School    Att    Yrds    TD    AVG
Lahey, BH/RA    247    1872    27    7.5
Trantina, GCMS    216    1677    36    7.8

2018 N-G All-Area Football Team

Members of the News-Gazette's 2018 All-Area Football Team pose on the field at Memorial Stadium Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign.

2018 N-G football Coach of the Year: Monticello's Cully Welter

Coach of the Year: Monticello's Cully Welter

Meet the defense | 2018 All-Area football first team

DL | Josh Bleich

Sr., Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley