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


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.

Modesty all part of the game for SJ-O's Dowling

ST. JOSEPH — Bailey Dowling is described in many ways when it comes to softball. Among the most-common phrases is the word "humble."

For confirmation of this, look no further than earlier this week.

Final area softball leaders: June 17, 2018

Batting Averages (35 AB)

Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Cm. Newbanks, A-O 97 22 65 55 .670

Dowling, SJ-O 102 67 67 68 .657

Knudsen, Unity 107 43 68 23 .636

K. Smith, LeRoy 116 51 73 62 .629

Dietzen, Schlmn 60 26 36 38 .600

Izard, SJ-O 115 47 65 32 .565

Pence, SJ-O 127 60 71 13 .559

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


2018 N-G All-Area Softball Team

A photo collection of The News-Gazette's 29th annual softball All-Area First Team.