Swimming and Diving
The constant on the prep sports scene, it seems, is change.
Earlier in the school year, Maroa-Forsyth announced it’s leaving the Okaw Valley Conference after the 2015-16 school year.
That conference will operate with five schools.
This week, officials at Eureka confirmed intentions to withdraw from the Corn Belt Conference following the 2015-16 school year.
There’s a large group of former area prep athletes who have resurfaced as area prep head coaches.
It has been a neat perk for me to follow these individuals from the times they were being coached to the times they were doing the coaching.
The spring sports season is in full bloom. Who are some of the top baseball teams? What about softball? Girls' soccer? Boys' tennis? How's the area track and field scene look? Why did The News-Gazette make some of its selections to the various All-Area teams it has run the last two weeks in regards to winter sports? Ask Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner and our prep guru will tell you.
Final N-G Top 10
TEAM SECTIONAL SHOWING
1. Champaign Central 21 top-five performances
2. Centennial 10 top-five performances
3. Sullivan/Shelbyville Six top-five performances
4. Danville Three top-five performances
200 Medley Relay
Champaign Central 1:39.14
St. Thomas More 1:53.76
NAME SCHOOL YR.
Cam Barnard Champaign Central So.
Brandon Bell Champaign Central Sr.
Robert Bernhardt Champaign Central Sr.
Why he’s Swimmer of the Year: The Maroons junior was the lone area swimmer to medal at this year’s state meet and finished the season with the top area time in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle by nearly two seconds in both events.
The numbers: The Maroons won an eighth consecutive Twin City title, their fifth sectional title — advancing six individuals and three relays to state — and set across-the-board career bests at the end of the season.
CHAMPAIGN — The obvious question came for Payton Woods when he began his freshman year at Central.
Basketball or swimming?
Woods played basketball through middle school.
He grew up around the game, too, with his dad on the Central coaching staff. He even spent some time as the Maroons’ manager.
Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is churning out plenty of All-Area selections and Player of the Year honorees this week for our winter sports. Who were some of the top athletes and teams he watched these last four months? What is his take on the area spring sports scene? Is it a good thing or bad thing that the boys' basketball state tournament will remain in Peoria through 2020?