Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

Eureka move shakes up conferences

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.

Best of Fred: No. 18 — The greatest comeback

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.

April 2 high school sports chat

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:30pm

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.

All-Area Boys' Swimming: Final team rankings — Maroons lead way

Final N-G Top 10

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

All-Area Boys' Swimming: Final Honor Roll

200 Medley Relay
Swimmer/School    Time

Champaign Central    1:39.14
Sullivan    1:45.41
Centennial    1:49.29
Danville    1:49.36
Urbana    1:53.50
St. Thomas More    1:53.76
Mahomet-Seymour    1:59.00

All-Area Boys' Swimming Teams: First, second, special mention

First Team
NAME    SCHOOL    YR.    
Cam Barnard    Champaign Central    So.    
Brandon Bell    Champaign Central    Sr.    
Robert Bernhardt    Champaign Central    Sr.    

All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year: A closer look at Central's Payton Woods

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.

All-Area Boys' Swimming COY: Central's Tom Lockman

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.

All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year: Central's Payton Woods

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.

March 26 high school sports chat

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:30pm

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?