Area School of the Year: St. Joseph-Ogden

ST. JOSEPH — It wasn’t just one sport. Nor was it one group of athletes.

St. Joseph-Ogden’s return to the top of The News-Gazette Area All-Sports Standings was a cumulative effort of contributions from a significant portion of the student body.

Last fall, nearly 35 percent of all SJ-O students (160 of 462) participated in a sport.

Boys' Tennis Coach of the Year: Teri Scaggs

Coach of the year: Centennial’s Teri Scaggs

Why she’s Coach of the Year: First-year head coach helped Centennial capture a sectional title, the first for the program since 2009, while the Chargers finished third in the Big 12.

Season highlight: “Beating Normal Community in a dual match.” Normal Community went on to win the Big 12 title.

Boys' Tennis Player of the Year: Sunny Singh

CHAMPAIGN — Sunny Singh was done with tennis.

Just days after his senior tennis season at Centennial got underway, the four-time All-Area tennis player informed his coach, Teri Scaggs, that he didn’t have the motivation to play anymore.

He was quitting the team.

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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