Track and Field
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.
MAHOMET — Administrators are hoping to expand and improve the Marty Williams Wrestling Invitational, which will enter its 36th year in 2016.
Under the current bracketed format, some top-seeded wrestlers only had two matches this year due to byes in their weight classes.
DANVILLE — All-Area standout Laura Gross, a 5-foot-10 middle hitter, signed a letter of intent Monday to continue her volleyball career at Champaign’s Parkland College. The three-time All-Area first-teamer set Schlarman school records for career kills (1,085) and career blocks (398). Gross helped Schlarman reach the Elite Eight in Class 1A for three consecutive years.
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.
PONTIAC — The annual Illinois Basketball Coaches Association boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball games, which have been June staples at Illinois Wesleyan University, have been shifted to Pontiac High School.
BLOOMINGTON — Eight area football players were chosen to compete on the East squad in the annual Shrine all-star game.
Centennial receiver Steven Lee was selected, as was Champaign Central lineman Grant Semonin on offense.
Change is inevitable.
Some of us embrace it. Some resist it.
The only certainty is that it’s coming, often in ways we cannot currently even imagine.
The newspaper business is no exception.
We used to write stories on a typewriter, and a composing room person would set the words in type.
CHAMPAIGN — The second annual Parkland/News-Gazette All-Star Volleyball match will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at Parkland College.
Top area high school seniors will be showcased. The rosters will be announced at a later date. Those chosen will practice from 1 to 3 p.m. before the five-set match begins at 5 o’clock.
URBANA — Tyke Peacock’s high jumping ability took him to world-famous stadiums across the globe — from Belgium to Berlin, Italy to England.
RANTOUL — Danny Brown (Class of 1980), Kindi Schlittler Kooi (Class of 2002) and Randy Wright (Class of 2001) were inducted into Rantoul High School’s Hall of Fame last week in conjunction with the school’s homecoming.