In 2005, we asked now-retired 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 20.
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1. Unity boys’ cross-country. Dominant performance by five seniors at state; they placed among the top 14 individually, leading Rockets to a Class 1A state crown.
2. LeRoy boys’ basketball. School’s first state trophy in the sport was for first place in Class 1A.
The offseason might be in full effect for area high school athletes, but it's never too early to look ahead. That's what preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here for. What football teams might surprise in 2016? When does The News-Gazette Preps Year in Review come out? Who's the next big-time recruit to come out of C-U? Ask and Zilis will provide an answer in his 12:30 p.m.
ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM
NAME SCHOOL YR.
Connor Gross St. Thomas More Sr.
Van Gundersen Urbana Uni High So.
Matthew Scaggs Centennial Sr.
Jared Thomas Centennial Fr.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Avery led a program on the rise to a fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Conference tournament. After finishing in the bottom three at the sectional meet each of the last two seasons, the Tigers took third this year.
CHAMPAIGN — When he was a kid, Kishor Thope would flip through the channels to find a sport that he had never played but always loved: tennis.
ATHLETE, SCHOOL POS. REC. PCT.
Guo, University High No. 6 7-0 1.000
Choi, University High No. 5 6-0 1.000
When do the rest of the All-Area teams come out? Who are some high school athletes to keep an eye on next school year? What teams surprised preps coordinator Anthony Zilis the most this past school year? Zilis is chatting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but you can go ahead and ask questions ahead of time.
Here’s a look back at our Athlete of the Week honorees from start to finish:
Male: Bailey Crose, Hoopeston Area soccer
Female: Lauren Whitehouse, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country
Male: Clayton Miller, Arcola/ALAH golf
Female: Kylie Michael, SJ-O volleyball
The 2015-16 preps season might be in the books, but that doesn't mean there aren't questions you can pepper preps coordinator Anthony Zilis with. Maybe you're interested in Jon Davis' continued assault on 4 minutes. Maybe you have questions about Doug Wallen's transfer from St. Thomas More to Champaign Central. Or maybe you're interetsed in looking ahead to 2016-17.