Preps year in review


In her words

High school sports have impacted my life in many different ways. Being a captain in softball and basketball has led me to become a leader in every aspect of my life.

Sunday Conversation: John Woods

Where do you think the Central athletic facilities rank in the Big 12?

Fred Kroner: Nicknames don't bother ex-Redskin

Becky Clayton Anderson played high school basketball for a team called the Redskins (Sullivan).

In the fall, she’ll have a daughter entering high school where the team nickname is the Braves (Mount Zion).

Boys' Tennis Honorable Mention, Team Rankings

Area Honorable Mention
Nathan Beauchamp    Urbana Uni High    Sr.
Hayden Dodds    Champaign Central    Jr.
Ian Gidcomb    Champaign Central    Sr.
Patrick Kearney    Centennial    Sr.

Boys' Tennis Coach of Year: Scott Davis

Why he’s Coach of the Year: The veteran leader of the Maroons led Central to its fifth consecutive sectional championship this season and also saw the Maroons claim top honors at the Big 12 meet.  

All-Area Boys' Tennis Player of Year: Austin Aten

CHAMPAIGN — Tennis recruiting doesn’t take on the high-stakes nature of football and basketball recruiting.

Stars aren’t attached to players’ names. An official campus visit doesn’t send social media into a tizzy.  

Austin Aten knows.

The recent Champaign Central graduate and The News-Gazette’s Area Tennis Player of the Year had to seek out colleges.

Bob Asmussen: I hope IHSA fields my call

The biggest school in the state hosts a baseball super-sectional today.

Softball, too.

“I think any time you have young people on your field and they are exposed to your university that’s a positive,” Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb said, “not only for your university, but for the community.”

But is that enough? Not even close.

Aten, Maroons cap 'special year'

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — As he relaxed and reflected at home Friday night, Champaign Central boys’ tennis coach Scott Davis realized what a special group of players he had this season, starting with senior Austin Aten.

“He finished in the top 32 (in singles) all four years,” Davis said. “It has to rank up there as one of the best careers in C-U tennis history.”

Aten, Central among leaders

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Champaign Central’s Austin Aten was at his best Thursday.

In three previous appearances at the boys’ tennis state tournament, Aten had won once in the main draw, bouncing back in previous years for eight wins in the consolation bracket.