Back on the field

BROADLANDS — Girls at Heritage High School who want to play softball next spring will be able to.

Wearing their school colors, no less.

Heritage, who has been in a co-op with Villa Grove since the 2013-14 school year for all sports other than volleyball, was told earlier this year that Villa Grove no longer wanted to co-op softball, Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis said.

Student's pitch for middle school softball in Champaign finally connects

CHAMPAIGN — Three years ago, as she was entering sixth grade at Edison Middle School, Kathryn Currey went before the Unit 4 school board to make a case for adding girls' softball for the middle schools.

She had played Little League Baseball in C-U — primarily with boys — and later joined the Border Girls travel softball team.

Home Run Derby: Going yard

We asked several area sluggers to give us their picks on who will take home the title of best home run hitter at tonight's MLB Home Run Derby in Miami:

Max Quirk

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked 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 in 20.

NG athletes of the year: Andrea Coursey and Jake Beesley

St. Joseph-Ogden's Andrea Coursey and Champaign Central's Jake Beesley are The News-Gazette's senior athletes of the year.

Female Athlete of the Year: Andrea Coursey

Reflecting on my four years at SJ-O, it honestly all seems like a blur. Those four years went so fast, and looking back, I wish I would have taken more time to appreciate the memories that I made while they were happening. I am so fortunate that I got the amazing opportunity to play sports throughout my high school career and would not have traded it for anything.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

Final N-G softball Top 10

Final N-G Top 10: Softball


1. St. Joseph-Ogden (35-5) Brought home program's sixth state trophy with runner-up finish in Class 2A.

2. Tuscola (31-4) Warriors rattled off 27 straight wins; lost in Class 2A regional title game

3. ALAH (21-4) Little Okaw Valley Conference champs advanced to Sweet 16 in Class 1A

Dowling has season to remember

ST. JOSEPH — Take away all of Bailey Dowling’s talent.

The accolades. The college softball commitment to Alabama.

The newspaper clippings.

Strip all that away from the surface, and you’ll find a 15-year-old girl — who won’t get her drivers’ license until next spring — eager to prove herself.

Prove that she isn’t some athletic prodigy, which, of course, she is.