Track and Field

Track and Field

Looking back at the area's best sports moments of 2018

With 2018 coming to a close today, The News-Gazette sports staff spotlights the top 10 stories that defined the last 12 months of area athletics:

Prep pulse: Dec. 24, 2018

Overshadowed by recent news of IHSA football going to a district scheduling format was a report just a short time earlier that affects many other high school sports.

Last Monday, the IHSA released enrollment classifications for fall sports during the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 school years. This is the first piece of the IHSA's new two-year classification format.

Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at

Manolakes leaving mark at Centennial

CHAMPAIGN — This weekend's state cross-country action will be mostly devoid of male athletes from Champaign-based schools.


Luke Manolakes is the outlier. And that's not just when it comes to representing his city.

Cross-country storylines to watch: Monticello, M-S and Danville ready to run

Sages practice pack mentality

MONTICELLO — Dave Remmert's boys achieved two items no one else could at last Saturday's Class 1A St. Teresa Sectional.

First, Monticello captured the team trophy, posting a score of 62 to win by 35 points at Hickory Point Golf Club.

Unity bids to repeat as state champions in girls' cross-country

TOLONO — Bad news, Class 1A girls' cross-country state field. Kara Leaman's Unity crew is back for more success on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

Establishing her future plans

DANVILLE — Ameia Wilson admits the stress from last spring's Class 3A state meet kept her from believing the words of encouragement.

No matter how good her Danville coaches and teammates told her she was, the Vikings track and field star refused to believe them, even after winning a silver medal and two more in bronze.

HS Cross-Country: PBL Meet

A cross country meet at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School in Paxton on Thursday, Oct.11, 2018.

Centennial announces 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame class

CHAMPAIGN -- Eleven individuals will be inducted into the Centennial High School Athletics Hall of Fame next year, Unit 4 Schools announced Monday.

This is the second group selected to the Chargers' hall. It indclues a variety of athletes, with one alumnus from 1970 and another from 2010.

Saturday's prep highlights: Knights, Broncos to meet in NW final

In football 

Red Hill 56, Blue Ridge 6. The Knights (1-5) threw for a touchdown in the first quarter but didn’t score again after a failed two-point conversion on the drive, giving way to 40 unanswered points for Red Hill.

In volleyball