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.”
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.
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.
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.
There’s a large group of former area prep athletes who have resurfaced as area prep head coaches.
It has been a neat perk for me to follow these individuals from the times they were being coached to the times they were doing the coaching.
DECATUR — Urbana High School graduate Ryan Birt — who had more than 150 dual-meet wins in wrestling at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley — started Monday as the head wrestling coach at Millikin University, which is resurrecting its program after a seven-year hiatus.
His last day as associate head coach at Loras College, in Iowa, was Friday.
CHAMPAIGN — Centennial athletic director Brian Easter will leave the position at the end of the school year and return to teaching in the physical education department.
Easter, 43, replaced Stan Lewis as the Chargers’ AD following the 2005-06 school year and is in his ninth year on the job.
Our postseason girls' golf recognition includes All-Area first, second and special mention teams, the area Coach of the Year and the final area team rankings:
All-Area first team
NAME — SCHOOL, YEAR, COACH
Maddie Birckbichler — Mahomet-Seymour, senior, Matt Mills
MAHOMET — Some of Emily Trolia’s earliest memories of golf are riding around in the golf cart during rounds with her dad, Jeff, and older brother, Seth.
If she wasn’t playing, she admits she was probably falling asleep watching her brother.