Kroner: One final ride

My mother’s words are soothing and haunting.

“Be careful what you wish for.”

It’s a phrase she said often. Usually, the comment would come about the second day of summer vacation when her only child mentioned how anxious he was for another school year to start. Life was boring in the country when the closest neighbor child lived a mile away.

PBL ponders Okaw Valley invitation

The invitation Paxton-Buckley-Loda athletic director John Overstreet was expecting came.

With the Okaw Valley Conference losing Maroa-Forsyth to the Sangamo Conference in two years, PBL was the target to fill that void, and Overstreet said PBL received the official invite Monday afternoon to join the conference for the 2016-17 school year.

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.

Preps year in review


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.