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Small-but-mighty Arcola Special Olympics team 'all kids at heart'

ARCOLA — It was the first morning of spring break. Six weeks out from game day.

The Arcola High School campus was far from deserted.

Workers broke ground near the track, which itself was dotted with purple-clad high school runners.

And across the parking lot was another group — smaller, not all of them dressed in purple, but all of them athletes just the same.

Prep pulse: April 8, 2019

On April 2, the Twitterverse was graced with a new account:@lincoln_prairie.

Its first tweet was a simple one, reading "Welcome to the Lincoln Prairie Conference!" and containing two images displaying what exactly this introduction meant.

Outgoing LOVC members name new conference

Fifteen members of the present-day Little Okaw Valley Conference now have a new banner under which they’ll compete moving forward.

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, these institutions will be part of the Lincoln Prairie Conference. League president Matthew Shoaff, Okaw Valley’s principal, announced the title through a Tuesday press release.

Top of the Morning, March 15, 2019

As the University of Illinois considers adding a Division I hockey program, one area team has been competing at a championship level.

On March 4 in Springfield, the Champaign-Urbana Chiefs won their second-consecutive Lincoln Land High School Hockey League championship. The Chiefs beat Bloomington 1 by a score of 6-1 to cap an 18-0-2 season.

VIDEO: Go All-Access during an Illini club hockey game week

From Monday cycling class to its weekend series against Minot State, we went behind the scenes with the Illini hockey team.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 25, 2019

Young archers are coming to Champaign this weekend. Lots and lots of archers.

More than 700 have registered for the Schweighart Shootout today and Saturday at Jefferson Middle School and the Champaign Park District's Leonhard Center.

Jefferson, the six-time state champion, is the host.

Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at clikas@news-gazette.com.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 20, 2018

Some notes from a newsroom that has been recognized as the state's best four years running:

Prep pulse: Sept. 10, 2018

The Danville Heat is no more.

Don't worry, fans of Vermilion County youth hockey. The program isn't shutting down. It's just going through a rebranding process.

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