BLOOMINGTON — The IHSA, in some quarters, is viewed as the Evil Empire.
It’s a perception that is prevalent among those with gripes about an organization in its 114th year of existence.
Some criticize the IHSA for its multiplier policy that is applied to non-boundaried schools.
Others don’t like the number of championships that are permitted in a particular sport.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Directed the Maroons to a fourth consecutive sectional title, this one by more than 100 points. Not only did 100 percent of the team’s swimmers in the meet have season-best times (most by significant margins) but the school also won eight of 12 events, including all three relays. Central won the Twin City title and finished second in the Big 12 varsity meet.
CHAMPAIGN — Evan Miller might call himself an accidental swimmer.
His childhood years were spent participating in the vast assortment of sports available to youngsters in Champaign-Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN — Evanston native Alan Newman, who has been on the volleyball coaching staff at Centennial the past four years, was hired as the head coach. He replaces Stan Bergman, who resigned after last season, which was the Chargers’ seventh consecutive 30-win season.
CHAMPAIGN — Two Judah Christian High School student-athletes were selected to the Better Prep Success (BPS) Illinois Christian School all-state girls’ basketball team. Seniors Leslee Chambers and Kristina Lee were chosen for the 10-player first team.
EVANSTON — Champaign Central’s Payton Woods was the highest area finisher Friday in the preliminaries at the IHSA boys’ swimming and diving state meet.
The Maroons sophomore placed 15th in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.74 seconds. Woods missed advancing to Saturday’s consolation finals by 0.12 second.
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CHAMPAIGN — Until Saturday, Evan Miller’s history with IHSA sectional swimming meets might best be described as two-thirds elation, one-third frustration.
The Champaign Central senior had been a member of sectional team champions every year since he was a freshman. And he had contributed to a total of four relay victories from 2011 to ’13.