MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour volleyball coach Chandra Steers didn’t know it was coming, but her team was ready and organized.
Before a home match against Champaign Central two weeks ago, an announcement was made that the Bulldogs would dedicate their season to Steers’ younger brother, Roudey Hensley, who was killed in a car accident by a drunken driver during the summer.
CHAMPAIGN — Verdell Jones III first burst onto the scene as a middle schooler, when he hit a three-quarters-court shot to win an IESA state title.
CHAMPAIGN — Never mind that Pancho Moore had never coached an official game with the Champaign Central girls’ basketball team after joining former coach Aaron Ratka’s staff in late spring.
By summer’s end, he and the Maroons shared a bond.
10 questions about news that broke— from a dress code at a Champaign high school to a controversial sign outside an area business — in last week's News-Gazette and news-gazette.com.
CHAMPAIGN — Little doubt occupied Jeff Carleton’s mind when he saw the opening for a new girls’ basketball coach at Centennial because the former Salt Fork coach knew he wanted to return to coaching girls after a year as the boys’ head coach at Schlarman.
He was going to apply.
From the moment editor Jim Rossow first mentioned the idea of weekly memories during my final year on the sports staff, I knew the last one would be a no-brainer.
This is the last one.
For a few fleeting seconds, I actually gave thought to posting memories in a sequential order of significance. That was an impossible task.
St. Thomas More center Tori McCoy trimmed her list of potential colleges down to six schools on Wednesday.
The Class of 2016 prospect, a Top 10 national recruit according to many recruiting services, named the six schools she is still considering in alphabetical order during a Twitter post.
Anthony Zilis spent his freshman year at the University of Illinois rooting on Ron Zook's Rose Bowl team.
"I was spoiled at that point," he said. "I thought the next year they'd win the national championship."
Here are a few that deserve more than a cursory glance but won’t get it:
— I’ve never seen a wrestler like Mahomet-Seymour’s Rob Porter. Before he became a state champion for the Bulldogs (105 pounds in 1984), he endured a freshman season in which he couldn’t get on the mat.