Top of the Morning, July 6, 2018

Retired News-Gazette sportswriter LOU ENGEL wants to say "howdy" (Nebraska term) to all his friends in C-U. Especially the fine folks at Pipa's Pub, one of his favorite local establishments.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review


1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.

Bill setting statewide protocols on student concussions on Rauner's desk

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner now has on his desk a bill that would set up standardized protocols statewide on if, when and how a student should return to a sport after sustaining a concussion.

Making history: Stillman set to become Maroons' first female athletic director

CHAMPAIGN — Jane Stillman admits her decision to apply for Champaign Central's open athletic director position wasn't as simple as throwing her name in the proverbial hat.

"I went back and forth. I won't lie about that," said the 10-year Central assistant principal, who has served the institution for 15 years altogether by way of coaching roles in basketball, soccer and track.

Monday's prep highlights: Robinson, Maroons win close one

In baseball

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 4, Oakwood 0. Wade Edwards struck out seven in throwing a six-hit shutout and helped himself at the plate by going 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Blue Devils (16-8-1) in a Vermilion Valley Conference road win. Chase Vinson went 2 for 3 with a double for the Comets (12-11-1).

Illinois Marathon from start to finish

Check out highlights from around the Illinois Marathon course.

Champaign Chiefs spread local youth hockey buzz

On March 8, results were released pertaining to a study commissioned by College Hockey, Inc., the NHL and the NHLPA.

The result: "The strong consensus of everyone involved in college hockey is that NCAA men's hockey will flourish at the University of Illinois," according to College Hockey, Inc., executive director Mike Snee.

Prep pulse, April 9, 2018

Four points was all that separated the No. 1 archery teams from Champaign Central and Centennial at this year's National Archery in the Schools Programs Illinois state tournament.

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?