Colin's Best Of The Bunch: Jan. 15, 2018

Preps coordinator Colin Likas recaps the week that was in high school sports and ranks five local teams that stood out.

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."

11 local schools to leave LOVC; new conference anticipated

After a week’s worth of speculation, as well as submissions of withdrawal from two local schools, 13 other institutions have opted to leave the Little Okaw Valley Conference after the 2018-19 academic year.

Villa Grove, Heritage plan to leave LOVC; more departures expected

In its fourth academic year, the two-division Little Okaw Valley Conference is facing major change. At least two schools in the 18-institution league have filed for withdrawal, and more notifications could be on the way.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 6, 2017

During his long career at The News-Gazette, prep sports guru LOU ENGEL would leave the building each day with a version of the following: "I'm headin' on down the road. See all you good people another day." And he did, over and over again until his retirement in 1998.

Now 84, the beloved sportswriter is "headin' on down the road."

Top of the Morning, Aug. 15, 2017

I'd like to thank the 352 high school athletes for visiting our downtown Champaign office on Sunday.

They stopped by — in uniform — to have their photo taken for our popular feature, "Faces of the Fall," which will run daily in our Sports section beginning Aug. 28. Galleries — separated by sport — will also be available for viewing on this website.

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.

Freedom 5K: The home stretch

Ryan Root told himself that as soon as his streak of six straight wins in the Freedom 5K in Champaign ended, he'd be finished with the race. And as former North Central College teammate and Monticello graduate Matt Norvell pulled away with half a mile left, Root thought his run was over.

Future of Villa Grove/Heritage co-op murky

The Villa Grove/Heritage co-op is up for renewal in the spring, but both districts want different things from the co-op moving forward.

Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis said his district would like the co-op to be a full co-op and include volleyball, common colors and a common mascot.