Retiring executive sports editor Fred Kroner has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he'll share his best stories. This week:
What does the addition of the four Peoria schools mean for the Big 12?
The 11-member conference (for all sports except football) is as close to 12 as at any time in the past two decades.
In some sports, the additions will raise the league’s prestige.
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.
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.
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.
Where do you think the Central athletic facilities rank in the Big 12?
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).
Area Honorable Mention
NAME SCHOOL YR.
Nathan Beauchamp Urbana Uni High Sr.
Hayden Dodds Champaign Central Jr.
Ian Gidcomb Champaign Central Sr.
Patrick Kearney Centennial Sr.
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.