Champaign Central and Monticello will add to their school’s respective athletic Hall of Fame classes later this month.
First up is Monticello, where the Sages will induct three individuals on Friday night as part of the school’s homecoming festivities. The Sages (6-0) host St. Thomas More (5-1) at 7 p.m. in a key Okaw Valley Conference game.
CHAMPAIGN — Ben Sankey had two bags for much of his 20s, and in those bags sat all of his belongings.
A call could come at any time that changed his life, whether that be a call to the coaches’ office or the ringing of his cellphone, telling him he’d been traded or a team was interested in his services. He had to remain ready.
ST. JOSEPH — Kids often have lofty goals, Nicki Dowling knows, and usually those dreams diminish or fizzle completely over time.
But her daughter’s dream didn’t. It only grew.
With Monday’s Major League Baseball Home Run Derby taking place in San Diego, we asked several area sluggers for their predictions before the annual festivities:
In 2005, we asked now-retired 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 20.
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1. Unity boys’ cross-country. Dominant performance by five seniors at state; they placed among the top 14 individually, leading Rockets to a Class 1A state crown.
2. LeRoy boys’ basketball. School’s first state trophy in the sport was for first place in Class 1A.
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.
Player, School AB R H RBI AVG.
Schwing, Fisher 105 54 66 27 .629
Big 12 All-Conference
SENIORS: x-Brooklyn Bane, Normal West; x-Sydney Bina, Peoria Notre Dame; x-Makena Brillhart, Centennial; x-Reganne Camp, Normal West; Sydney Hollings, Normal West; Amy Janson, Centennial; x-Lindsey Loewenstein, Danville; x-Ellie Sonetz, Normal West; x-Elexis Swartzentruber, Normal Community.