In her words

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.

Preps year in review


Sunday Conversation: John Woods

Where do you think the Central athletic facilities rank in the Big 12?

Sages volleyball drops down in class

NORMAL — Area schools experienced some of the ups and downs of sports this week.

Not all of the movement was equal.

Fred Kroner: Nicknames don't bother ex-Redskin

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).

PBL's Kleinert digs new home at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Technically, Kailey Kleinert will officially join Parkland College’s volleyball team next fall.

To the Paxton-Buckley-Loda senior, however, Friday’s signing with the program was merely a continuation of a relationship that has spanned about five years.

Sunday Conversation: Sally Walker

At a youthful 53, Sally Walker is way too young to retire. But after 31 years at Uni High, Walker is ready for new challenges. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with Walker in Salem, Va., where she is working at the NCAA Division II softball tournament. She is in charge of the umpires, so Walker has plenty on her plate for what will be a busy retirement.

Bulletin board: Honor Roll deadline nears

CHAMPAIGN — Coaches have until 5 p.m. Saturday to confirm entries for The News-Gazette Honor Roll track and field meet, which will be Monday (5 p.m. start) at the UI Track. All entries are to be handled online. The meet is using free online registration at http://athletic.net. Athletes should only be listed in the events in which they will compete.

Mother's Day memories from area coaches

They don’t need a day as a reminder that they are mothers.

But a day is set aside annually to thank them for their kindness and compassion, their caring and nurturing, their unseen and thankless duties.

We asked several area high school coaches, who have pulled double duty as mothers, for their favorite memories of Mother’s Day.

Ex-SJ-O AD Doehring honored

ST. JOSEPH — Former St. Joseph-Ogden athletic director Dale Doehring will be enshrined posthumously Saturday night in the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in Peoria.

Doehring, who died in April 2012, was SJ-O’s athletic director from 1979 until retiring in 2004.

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