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June 30 prep sports chat

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:30pm

The offseason might be in full effect for area high school athletes, but it's never too early to look ahead. That's what preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here for. What football teams might surprise in 2016? When does The News-Gazette Preps Year in Review come out? Who's the next big-time recruit to come out of C-U? Ask and Zilis will provide an answer in his 12:30 p.m.

June 16 prep sports chat

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:30pm

When do the rest of the All-Area teams come out? Who are some high school athletes to keep an eye on next school year? What teams surprised preps coordinator Anthony Zilis the most this past school year? Zilis is chatting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but you can go ahead and ask questions ahead of time.

Athletes of the Week: 2015-16 complete list

Here’s a look back at our Athlete of the Week honorees from start to finish:

Sept. 2
Male: Bailey Crose, Hoopeston Area soccer
Female: Lauren Whitehouse, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country

Sept. 9
Male: Clayton Miller, Arcola/ALAH golf
Female: Kylie Michael, SJ-O volleyball

Sunday Conversation: Randy Moss

The school year wasn’t quite over yet, but already Randy Moss had taken down most of the wall decor in his office at Monticello High School. The assistant principal and athletic director of 22 years is retiring in June and many of his prized possessions lay in a cardboard box on his floor. On Wednesday, Moss excitedly revealed he had 11 working days left until he called it a career.

A-O fishing reels in fifth

CARLYLE — Argenta-Oreana hauled in five fish totaling the third-most weight in Saturday’s final day of the IHSA state bass fishing tournament, helping the Bombers to fifth place at Carlyle Lake.

A-O’s 11 pounds and 5 ounces pushed its two-day total to 13 pounds, 12 ounces. Elverado was the champion at 21 pounds, 5 ounces.

Specialization isn't stopping three-sport stars

The best female hurdler in the state of Illinois nearly didn’t hurdle.

For Salt Fork senior Jenny Kimbro, the indecision she felt her freshman year is almost unimaginable looking back. But during the fall of that year, she contemplated playing softball instead of running track.

"Illini Prairie" selected as name for Okaw Valley-Corn Belt merger

The new conference consisting of the 10 remaining teams in the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt Conferences will be named the Illini Prairie Conference, the conference announced Wednesday.

The conference will begin play during the 2017-2018 school year.

Okaw Valley, Corn Belt conferences will merge

PONTIAC — The merger between the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt conferences is complete.
Pontiac became the final school to approve the new conference at Tuesday’s school board meeting, meaning a new 10-team league commences beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

March 31 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 2:00pm

The offseason is upon the two major programs at Illinois, but will Lovie Smith and John Groce win on the court in 2016 and off the court? How is Josh Whitman settling into his role as athletic director? Will top recruits finally land at Illinois in football and men's basketball? Who are some top area high school recruits? How does The News-Gazette determine its All-Area teams?

New SJ-O AD builds off success

ST. JOSEPH — One of the more successful athletic programs in the area will have a new athletic director next school year.