For much of the past 12 years, I’ve written weekly or biweekly lists on a variety of topics, most of which were sports-related.
These selections are my 25 favorites, including the dates they were published in the newspaper.
There’s one list that’s not a top five. It’s a top one.
I don’t have a favorite athlete, but I do have a favorite athlete’s name.
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1. Unity boys’ track and field. Class 1A state champions had nine athletes with first-place medals, either individually or as part of a relay.
2. Centennial baseball. Made a statement postseason run, reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in Class 3A.
July 14, 2014: Maroa-Forsyth announces its intentions to leave the revamped Okaw Valley Conference in two years, to join the Sangamo Conference. When the Okaw league reformed, schools had agreed not to move within the first five years.
ST. JOSEPH — It wasn’t just one sport. Nor was it one group of athletes.
St. Joseph-Ogden’s return to the top of The News-Gazette Area All-Sports Standings was a cumulative effort of contributions from a significant portion of the student body.
Last fall, nearly 35 percent of all SJ-O students (160 of 462) participated in a sport.
Coach of the year: Centennial’s Teri Scaggs
Why she’s Coach of the Year: First-year head coach helped Centennial capture a sectional title, the first for the program since 2009, while the Chargers finished third in the Big 12.
Season highlight: “Beating Normal Community in a dual match.” Normal Community went on to win the Big 12 title.
CHAMPAIGN — Sunny Singh was done with tennis.
Just days after his senior tennis season at Centennial got underway, the four-time All-Area tennis player informed his coach, Teri Scaggs, that he didn’t have the motivation to play anymore.
He was quitting the team.
Craig Anderson started working for the IHSA in 2011. Starting Jan. 18, 2016, he’ll take over as executive director upon Marty Hickman’s retirement after being named Hickman’s successor Tuesday.
Mechanics fix cars. Doctors fix patients.
Isn’t it time for school administrators to fix one of the many problems they face?
Teachers can generally earn tenure if they stay at a school long enough and get good reviews.
CHAMPAIGN — Tony Millard, formerly of the Meridian Unit 15 school district, is now officially a Charger.
MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour is heading to the Apollo Conference.
The longtime member of the Corn Belt Conference recently indicated an interest in seeking a new conference based on enrollment concerns and some other conference realignments that have taken place in recent years.