Soon-to-be retired Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner will handle one final chat during his distinguished career here at The News-Gazette. Who was the greatest athlete he ever saw? The greatest coach? The greatest team? What's going on the area spring sports scene in 2015? Nothing is off limits in Kroner's give-and-take.
Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:
There seems to be a perception that when an individual or a team is anointed as the best at something, then everyone else is chopped liver.
Let’s quickly set that myth to rest.
URBANA — Four Urbana High School athletes will sign letters of intent Wednesday to continue their athletic careers in college. Football players Moaso Bumba and Cedrick Fry will remain teammates at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. Another football player, Malik Harris, is heading to the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
CHAMPAIGN — There will be no shortage of runners in town Saturday. In addition to the seventh Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, Champaign Central will hold its 10th girls’ track and field invitational at Centennial High School.
PAXTON — Rachel Hurliman has hands-on knowledge of how a girls’ basketball team can reach a state tournament.
CHAMPAIGN — Laura Litchfield knows basketball.
She has also become well-versed in another game. It’s the recruiting game.
By the end of her sophomore year at Champaign Central, she had her first scholarship offer.
It came from Illinois State University.
By the time she had her high school diploma, other schools had entered the recruiting game.
Sixteen teams start the journey to an NBA championship, but only one can win it all. The projections of hoops coaches from around the state:
Watseka boys, girls
High school sports are a runaway freight train.
Parents seem to be operating the controls.
The movement is a powerful one and not restricted to one area or another.
Last year, it was St. Thomas More unceremoniously dumping girls’ basketball coach Chris Mennig weeks after the Sabers’ record-breaking state championship run.
The constant on the prep sports scene, it seems, is change.
Earlier in the school year, Maroa-Forsyth announced it’s leaving the Okaw Valley Conference after the 2015-16 school year.
That conference will operate with five schools.
This week, officials at Eureka confirmed intentions to withdraw from the Corn Belt Conference following the 2015-16 school year.
How are the spring sports faring? What were The News-Gazette/Parkland College All-Star basketball games like last Sunday? When is The N-G track and field honor roll meet? What baseball, softball or girls' soccer teams might find their way to the state tournament? How do we select our area athletes of the week?