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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.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 19, 2016

London Acree, a senior at Mahomet-Seymour High School, announced her commitment to Kansas last week.

To row.

When she tells people, most react as if they were hit by an oar.

"I usually get a very confused look," she said. "Then I'm asked if Mahomet has a rowing team."

Does, say, Urbana have a mounting climbing team? Of course not.

Zilis: Centennial student slick on ice

CHAMPAIGN — Kate Thurman was angry.

The 3-year-old had watched her brothers play hockey since she was in diapers. Now, after her parents laced up her skates for the first time, she was trying to glide on the ice like them. Instead, she churned her feet and slipped around to no avail.

Sunday Conversation: Katherine Reutter

Three years ago, she was known as former speed skater Katherine Reutter as constant hip and back injuries forced the two-time Olympic medalist to retire from the sport. Today, the 28-year-old is known as the Comeback Queen with an eye on returning to the pinnacle of the sport. After last week’s showing at the U.S.

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.