Softball

Softball

Prep pulse: August 27, 2018

Among the many pieces we dedicate to area high school sports is our Athlete of the Week feature, which began last Wednesday with Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys' golfer Connor Birky and Tuscola girls' golfer Claire Ring.

Prep pulse: Aug. 6, 2018

A trio of reigning News-Gazette All-Area softball athletes had a pretty good time in Huntington Beach, Calif., last week.

No, they weren't on vacation. The three local stars — St. Joseph-Ogden junior Hannah Dukeman, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley junior Madi Eberle and Argenta-Oreana senior Camilyn Newbanks — suited up for the Premier Fastpitch Paulson 2001 squad, based out of Mattoon.

Bacys has Danville's seal of approval

DANVILLE — For the last 11 years, B.J. Luke sat at the top tier of Danville High School sports.

That changed last week when Luke retired from his role as athletic director. It didn't take him long to espouse the new man in charge.

"He'll do a nice job for us," Luke said. "And he dresses better than I do."

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2017-18 school year

We're getting close to starting another school year, which means prep sports are on the horizon. When area golf teams are able to kick off their respective campaigns come Aug. 9, things officially will be in full swing.

'I want either Baez or Schwarber'

Torion Rhone

This 12-year-old, who attends Franklin STEAM Academy in Champaign, was the leading participant in last month's Champaign-Urbana Little League Home Run Derby when he smacked five home runs for Campus Sportswear at the annual event.

His pick: Bryce Harper

Prep pulse: July 2, 2018

Coaching changes are bound to happen in high school sports, for any number of reasons.

But it's hard to overlook just how many coaches have stepped aside following their respective 2017-18 campaigns.

Tons of well-known individuals have decided to move on from coaching, or jump from one leadership position to another.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

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.

2018 N-G All-Area softball | Meet the first team

Reagan Cheely

Villa Grove, So., P/SS

All-Conference, All-County Teams | 2018 softball

Big 12 All-Conference

FIRST TEAM