March 31 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 2:00pm

The offseason is upon the two major programs at Illinois, but will Lovie Smith and John Groce win on the court in 2016 and off the court? How is Josh Whitman settling into his role as athletic director? Will top recruits finally land at Illinois in football and men's basketball? Who are some top area high school recruits? How does The News-Gazette determine its All-Area teams?

March 31 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 12:30pm

How did Tori McCoy's experience at the McDonald's All-American Game go? Who is The News-Gazette's area wrestler of the year? What baseball, softball and girls' soccer teams might make a run to the state tournament? How are the area track and field teams looking as the outdoor season is about to get into full swing? What about boys' tennis?

New SJ-O AD builds off success

ST. JOSEPH — One of the more successful athletic programs in the area will have a new athletic director next school year.

March 24 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 12:30pm

What spring sports teams are in line for possible breakout seasons? Who are some baseball, softball and girls soccer players to watch out for? What about boys' track and field? Girls' track and field? Boys' tennis? When do winter sports All-Area teams come out? Ask and preps coordinator Anthony Zilis shall answer in his 12:30 p.m. chat on Thursday. 

Two high school sites ruled out

CHAMPAIGN — South Side Elementary School neighbors and Country Fair business owners can rest easy, for now.

A new high school will not be built on either of those sites, Unit 4's special facilities committee decided Thursday evening.

March 17 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:30pm

Did St. Joseph-Ogden and LeRoy really win boys' basketball state titles this past weekend? What did preps coordinator Anthony Zilis think of the two teams run that culminated with wins in Peoria? What spring sports teams are worth paying attention to this spring? Anything is fair game in Zilis' weekly chat, which gets underway at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Proposed league ready to go distance

ST. JOSEPH — One area high school administrator said the proposed Okaw Valley Conference merger with the Corn Belt Conference shouldn’t affect transportation costs as much as people may expect.

St. Joseph-Ogden Principal Gary Page said his school district has traveled fairly extensively already in most sports outside of conference play, especially in football.

Feb. 25 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

What's going on with Illinois athletics? What are the biggest challenges Josh Whitman faces? Will John Groce be around for a fifth season? Does Bill Cubit have a chance to coach Illinois beyond 2016? How does The News-Gazette handle coverage of certain events? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all inquiries in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions beforehand.

Feb. 25 prep sports chat

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:30pm

What were the biggest takeaways from the state wrestling meet? Who are some boys' basketball teams to watch out for this postseason? Can Payton Woods win a state title? When do spring sports start? When will The News-Gazette publish its winter All-Area teams? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis has the area high school sports scene covered, so ask him about it in his 12:30 p.m. chat Thursday.

Okaw Valley, Corn Belt principals vote unanimously for merger

BLOOMINGTON — The Corn Belt and Okaw Valley conferences came one step closer to a merger Tuesday morning, when the 10 principals from both conferences voted unanimously at a meeting at Bloomington Central Catholic to move forward with the formation of a new conference.