Aug. 10 prep sports chat

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:30pm

High school athletics for the 2017-18 school year are about to get underway. What football teams could contend for a state title? Will Champaign Central or Centennial fare better in football? Which cross-country teams, boys' soccer teams and other fall sports could go on a postseason run? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is back to answer any of your inquiries in his 12:30 p.m.

July 20 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

The calendar is about to officially flip to 2017-18 for area high schools and Illinois athletics alike. So another year is about to start for The News-Gazette sports staff, too. What stories do you want to see this fall? Which area athletes have an interesting story to tell? What questions do you have about area preps or the Illini?

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked 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 in 20.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

All Area Boys Tennis 2017

The 2017 News- Gazette All Area Boy's Tennis team and coach.

All-Area Boys' Tennis Coach of the Year: Teri Scaggs

Coaches of the Year
2017 Teri Scaggs Centennial
2016 Matthew Avery Urbana
2015 Teri Scaggs Centennial
2014 Scott Davis Champaign Central
2013 Scott Davis Champaign Central
2012 Scott Davis Champaign Central

All-Area Boys' Tennis Coach of the Year: Teri Scaggs

13th All-Area Boys' Tennis Team

First team

Wade Baillon St. Thomas More Fr.

Van Gundersen Uni High Jr.

Samuel Li Uni High Soph.

Jake Sellett St. Thomas More Jr.

Jared Thomas Centennial Soph.

James Vaughen Uni High Sr.

Second team

Sam Guo Uni High Sr.

Arturo Ibarra Champaign Central Jr.

Kevin Kim Centennial Sr.

All-Area Boys' Tennis Player of the Year: Jared Thomas

CHAMPAIGN — When he takes his son, Centennial sophomore Jared Thomas, to faraway tennis tournaments, Allen Thomas inevitably has down time that he'll use to talk to other parents. And when the topic of the other sports their children play arises, he usually receives a similar confused response.

June 15 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 2:00pm

How is recruiting going for both Lovie Smith and Brad Underwood? What games must the Illinois football team win in 2017 if it wants to reach a bowl game? When do The News-Gazette All-Area teams come out for spring sports? Anything is fair game as sports editor Matt Daniels tackles your questions in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.