Best of Fred: No. 18 — The greatest comeback

There’s a large group of former area prep athletes who have resurfaced as area prep head coaches.

It has been a neat perk for me to follow these individuals from the times they were being coached to the times they were doing the coaching.

Thursday's prep highlights: Gadbury, Rockets stay perfect

In baseball

■ Unity 4, Okaw Valley 2. The Rockets (9-0) remained undefeated behind a complete game by Zach Gadbury. Gadbury struck out 11 and walked two.

Thursday's highlights: Sages' Taylor no-hits Maroons

In baseball

■ Bismarck-Henning 14, Judah Christian 3. Dylan Dodd swiped five bases, including home once, to lead the way for B-H. Winning pitcher Dalton Strawser gave up no earned runs in four innings. Wyatt Edwards scored three runs for the Blue Devils. Nick Limentato was 2 for 2 with an RBI for the Tribe. 

04-01-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

04-01-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!

04-01-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Fred Kroner and Matt Daniels put a final wrap on the winter sports season and start looking at Spring time in High School Sports.


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April 2 high school sports chat

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:30pm

The spring sports season is in full bloom. Who are some of the top baseball teams? What about softball? Girls' soccer? Boys' tennis? How's the area track and field scene look? Why did The News-Gazette make some of its selections to the various All-Area teams it has run the last two weeks in regards to winter sports? Ask Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner and our prep guru will tell you.

March 26 high school sports chat

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:30pm

Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is churning out plenty of All-Area selections and Player of the Year honorees this week for our winter sports. Who were some of the top athletes and teams he watched these last four months? What is his take on the area spring sports scene? Is it a good thing or bad thing that the boys' basketball state tournament will remain in Peoria through 2020?

March 12 high school sports chat

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:30pm

Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is keeping tabs on all the latest happenings in area prep sports. When do the All-Area teams start to appear in The News-Gazette? What was the best moment from the winter sports seasons? What should you look forward to this spring? Anything is fair game in his weekly chat.

Bulletin board: Ex-Tiger takes over at Millikin

DECATUR — Urbana High School graduate Ryan Birt — who had more than 150 dual-meet wins in wrestling at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley — started Monday as the head wrestling coach at Millikin University, which is resurrecting its program after a seven-year hiatus.

His last day as associate head coach at Loras College, in Iowa, was Friday.

Centennial's Easter set to end run as AD

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial athletic director Brian Easter will leave the position at the end of the school year and return to teaching in the physical education department.

Easter, 43, replaced Stan Lewis as the Chargers’ AD following the 2005-06 school year and is in his ninth year on the job.