DANVILLE — Oakwood and Westville swept the basketball sportsmanship awards from the Vermilion County Principals Association.
Coach Jeff Millis’ Westville squad won the team sportsmanship award, while the individual winner in boys’ basketball was Tigers senior Justin Ottino.
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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.
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More junior Tori McCoy underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee Tuesday morning at the Carle Surgery Center.
According to her father, Tim McCoy, “the procedure went well, and the doctors say she will bounce back from this.”
FISHER — Thirteen new members were inducted into the Fisher High School Athletic Hall of Fame last Saturday.
PAXTON – Excluding a two-year leave of absence, Kristin Oyer served as Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s head varsity volleyball coach for 21 years after three years as the junior varsity coach.