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Playoff tweak intrigues area coaches

Area coaches and administrators are in agreement: welcome changes are coming to IHSA postseason tournaments.

The Bloomington-based state high school organization this week announced it is altering course for establishing postseason pairings in team sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball.

Sunday Conversation: Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson started working for the IHSA in 2011. Starting Jan. 18, 2016, he’ll take over as executive director upon Marty Hickman’s retirement after being named Hickman’s successor Tuesday.

Two Illini prepare for final high school game

PONTIAC — Illinois freshmen Aaron Jordan and D.J. Williams will be teammates this coming season with John Groce’s Illini. But Saturday at 7 p.m. at Pontiac High School, the future Illini will be on opposing teams in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 3A/4A All-Star game.

Kroner: Is coaching worth trouble?

Mechanics fix cars. Doctors fix patients.

Isn’t it time for school administrators to fix one of the many problems they face?

Teachers can generally earn tenure if they stay at a school long enough and get good reviews.

Centennial hires new AD

CHAMPAIGN — Tony Millard, formerly of the Meridian Unit 15 school district, is now officially a Charger.

Updated: M-S joining Apollo

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour is heading to the Apollo Conference.

The longtime member of the Corn Belt Conference recently indicated  an interest in seeking a new conference based on enrollment concerns and some other conference realignments that have taken place in recent years.

Best of Fred: No. 10 — A difficult process

We are rapidly approaching my favorite time of the year as well as my least favorite time.

I have developed a love-hate relationship with the end of each prep season. It’s the time to recognize the many outstanding athletes in a sport.

That’s always a delight, honoring those who have achieved so much.

M-S exploring league options

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour Principal Shannon Cheek said the school may move toward a breakup with the Corn Belt Conference.

It’s a matter of competitiveness and compatibility, he said — particularly where enrollment is concerned.

“We’re growing,” he said. “Member schools of the Corn Belt are not.”

Bulletin board: Urbana athlete picks North Central

URBANA — Senior Anna Billman, from Urbana, signed a letter of intent last week to continue her volleyball career at North Central College in Naperville. The 6-foot middle hitter had a team-high 192 kills for the Tigers last fall and earned All-Area special mention recognition.

Chargers golfer to sign with Parkland

Faces of the fall, winter and spring

Each school year, we extend invitations to the best and brightest high school student-athletes for Picture Days at The News-Gazette. Each school year, we're amazed by the response.