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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.

May 14 high school sports chat

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 11:00am

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.

Best of Fred, No. 13: Under great direction

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.

Bulletin board: Urbana athletes make choices

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.

Bulletin board: Central meet hits 10th year

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.

PBL girls' basketball nets new coach

PAXTON — Rachel Hurliman has hands-on knowledge of how a girls’ basketball team can reach a state tournament.

Kroner: For Litchfield, waiting pays off

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.