NG athletes of the year: Andrea Coursey and Jake Beesley

St. Joseph-Ogden's Andrea Coursey and Champaign Central's Jake Beesley are The News-Gazette's senior athletes of the year.

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Her time to shine

CHAMPAIGN — The emotions overwhelmed Mica Allison last year as tears flowed from her eyes.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

Five prep events to watch

July is the only month in the year without a high school athletic event going on. Don't fret. Staff writer Scott Richey offers up four fall sporting events to keep an eye on once the 2017-18 school year starts.

Aug. 25-26

Libertyville Invitational

Central star picks Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Rylee Hinton initially wanted to attend college and play volleyball anywhere but in Illinois.

Born and raised in Champaign, she had tired of the cold winters.

"I'm a big weather person. I wanted to go someplace warm," the rising Champaign Central junior said, "but that stuff just isn't a factor anymore when you fall in love with a school."

Retiring PBL athletic director stayed ahead of curve

PAXTON — John Woods was only 7 years old when his father took him up the road to Paxton to watch his alma mater, Fulton, take on Paxton in the 1978 football playoffs.

But that’s when the longtime Champaign Central athletic director began associating then-Paxton running back John Overstreet with the Panthers.

Wolken among local coaches built to thrive

Randy Wolken moved closer to 1,000 career wins with St. Joseph-Ogden softball’s 9-4 triumph at Mattoon on Monday, his 998th while leading the Spartans. Before SJ-O plays at Unity on Tuesday, a look at five ex-area coaches who shined at their respective schools:

Dick Duval


Prep notes: Rantoul honoring former coach Quinlan

RANTOUL — On March 13, Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio and the board of education were set to make a special announcement at that night's school board meeting. But they wanted it to be a surprise.

When Amerio created the meeting's minutes, he purposely left an important piece of information off board member Roger Quinlan's sheet of paper.

Video: Fall Postseason Highlights

Re-live St. Joseph-Ogden's run to the state championship, Mahomet-Seymour boys' cross country's historic state meet, Ema Rajic's record-breaking day and more of the area's biggest postseason highlights.

State final TV footage/commentary: Courtesy IHSA