Sunday Conversation: Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson started working for the IHSA in 2011. Starting Jan. 18, 2016, he’ll take over as executive director upon Marty Hickman’s retirement after being named Hickman’s successor Tuesday.

Kroner: Is coaching worth trouble?

Mechanics fix cars. Doctors fix patients.

Isn’t it time for school administrators to fix one of the many problems they face?

Teachers can generally earn tenure if they stay at a school long enough and get good reviews.

Centennial hires new AD

CHAMPAIGN — Tony Millard, formerly of the Meridian Unit 15 school district, is now officially a Charger.

Updated: M-S joining Apollo

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour is heading to the Apollo Conference.

The longtime member of the Corn Belt Conference recently indicated  an interest in seeking a new conference based on enrollment concerns and some other conference realignments that have taken place in recent years.

Athletes of the Week: Witruk and Martin

Tori Witruk, St. Joseph-Ogden softball

Why she was chosen: The sophomore pitcher improved to 31-2 after the Spartans’ Class 2A sectional-final win on Thursday against Maroa-Forsyth and Monday’s 6-4 triumph against Eureka, one win shy of the single-season area record set by former Spartan Elizabeth Everingham.

Best of Fred: No. 10 — A difficult process

We are rapidly approaching my favorite time of the year as well as my least favorite time.

I have developed a love-hate relationship with the end of each prep season. It’s the time to recognize the many outstanding athletes in a sport.

That’s always a delight, honoring those who have achieved so much.

05-27-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

05-27-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!

05-27-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Fred Kroner, Scott Richey, and Alex Roux look at the busy world of Spring High School Sports.  Everything from Soccer to Track and Field, Tennis, and Baseball is in full swing in the State Championship season,


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Athletes of the Week: McClain and Evans

Amanda McClain,
Sullivan/Okaw Valley track and field

Why she was chosen: The senior won three events at the state meet and scored 34 points for the third-place Redskins. She was also part of the sixth-place 800-meter relay. Her wins were in the long jump, 400 and 200, giving her 15 total state medals in her career (out of a maximum of 16).

Area statistics: Boys' tennis (May 26)

Athlete, School    Pos.    Rec.    WP

S. Guo, University High    No. 6    6-0    1.000
Higgs, University High    No. 5    5-0    1.000

Centennial boys' tennis ends Central's reign

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial nearly played this season without two of its top players.

Sunny Singh was burnt out on tennis. Max Zheng was committed to playing travel soccer.

That left first-year Chargers coach Teri Scaggs scrambling a bit to convince her planned No. 1 singles player and half of her top doubles team to give tennis one more year.