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Area stars aim high at state archery meet

CHAMPAIGN — As of Thursday afternoon, 33 Illinois-based elementary, junior high and high school institutions had registered to compete at the National Archery in the Schools Program's state tournament.

So how many of those 33 will send athletes from east central Illinois to Springfield for an event that begins today and concludes Saturday?

UPDATED: Longtime Central AD Woods to depart in July

CHAMPAIGN — After 24 years helming Champaign Central’s athletics sector, John Woods is going big and heading north.

The Centennial graduate and longtime Maroons athletic director has accepted the same position at Libertyville High School, located in a north Chicago suburb. Woods will step aside as Central’s AD on July 1, pending school board approval.

That's a wrap? Olympic medalist is finding new ways to win

CHAMPAIGN — Katherine Reutter-Adamek may watch the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Or maybe not.

Colin Likas on preps: Bowling for interest?

Some sports have long, storied histories with the Illinois High School Association.

Records in such ventures as football, basketball, volleyball and track and field stretch back decades.

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.