Girls Golf

Girls Golf

Gruner steps down as M-S soccer leader

MAHOMET — This wasn't a snap decision from Joey Gruner. He knew well in advance that the 2018 Mahomet-Seymour girls' soccer campaign would be his last as the program's coach.

His athletes knew that as well. But he refused to let the situation become any sort of rallying cry during a season that ended with a Class 2A sectional semifinal loss to Springfield on May 22.

Champaign native on Miss Illinois crown: 'There were big hugs and happy tears'

MARION — Her senior year at the University of Illinois can wait.

For 21-year-old Grace Khachaturian, the next 12 months will be devoted to her role as Miss Illinois.

Dodds steps in for Hettermann as STM's coach

Dodds steps in for Hettermann as STM's coach

CHAMPAIGN — For 15 years, St. Thomas More girls' golf has been synonymous with Pat Hettermann, the only coach the Sabers had ever known.

All things change with time, though. And Hettermann decided her storied tenure was due to end after the 2017 campaign.

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Aug. 24, 2018

Friday night lights. Marching bands. Student sections. Pork chop sandwiches. That's right, the high school football season kicks off this night. Defending Class 2A state champion Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley opens at Ford County rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda, one of many marquee games set for the next nine weeks.

Athletes of the Week: Naomi DuPree & Joe Stilger

Naomi DuPree | Champaign Central girls' soccer

UPDATED: Longtime Central AD Woods to depart in July

CHAMPAIGN — After 24 years helming Champaign Central’s athletics sector, John Woods is going big and heading north.

The Centennial graduate and longtime Maroons athletic director has accepted the same position at Libertyville High School, located in a north Chicago suburb. Woods will step aside as Central’s AD on July 1, pending school board approval.

Signing Day: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at

Top of the Morning, Dec. 16, 2017

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing newsroom at News-Gazette Media. Today: Prep sports coordinator Colin Likas.

COLIN LIKAS spent three years helping design and edit our nationally recognized sports section. But his goal out of Butler University was to write, calling it "a passion of mine."

STM's Bowie has got the drive

CHAMPAIGN — Alaina Bowie sat back in her chair and considered the question, as she is prone to do.

When did she realize she was a good golfer?

"I guess sometimes I still don't know if I am," the St. Thomas More sophomore said. "I guess it depends on who you're comparing yourself to, right?"

14th News-Gazette all-area girls’ golf teams

All-Area First Team


Kati Asklund Sr. St. Thomas More

Alaina Bowie So. St. Thomas More

Mia Hayasaki Sr. Champaign Central

Maeve Kirby Jr. St. Thomas More

Mackenzie McCoy Jr. Champaign Central

Molly Stringer So. Monticello