When do the rest of the All-Area teams come out? Who are some high school athletes to keep an eye on next school year? What teams surprised preps coordinator Anthony Zilis the most this past school year? Zilis is chatting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but you can go ahead and ask questions ahead of time.
Here’s a look back at our Athlete of the Week honorees from start to finish:
Male: Bailey Crose, Hoopeston Area soccer
Female: Lauren Whitehouse, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country
Male: Clayton Miller, Arcola/ALAH golf
Female: Kylie Michael, SJ-O volleyball
The 2015-16 preps season might be in the books, but that doesn't mean there aren't questions you can pepper preps coordinator Anthony Zilis with. Maybe you're interested in Jon Davis' continued assault on 4 minutes. Maybe you have questions about Doug Wallen's transfer from St. Thomas More to Champaign Central. Or maybe you're interetsed in looking ahead to 2016-17.
The school year wasn’t quite over yet, but already Randy Moss had taken down most of the wall decor in his office at Monticello High School. The assistant principal and athletic director of 22 years is retiring in June and many of his prized possessions lay in a cardboard box on his floor. On Wednesday, Moss excitedly revealed he had 11 working days left until he called it a career.
The times the Maroons and Chargers meet head-to-head on an athletic field are fleeting this school year. A look back at what has transpired in the past nine months, with Centennial holding an 8-5 edge on Central and three contests remaining:
The best female hurdler in the state of Illinois nearly didn’t hurdle.
For Salt Fork senior Jenny Kimbro, the indecision she felt her freshman year is almost unimaginable looking back. But during the fall of that year, she contemplated playing softball instead of running track.
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More senior Airiana Smith signed last week with Illinois-Springfield, where she’ll continue her basketball career.
Smith averaged 6.5 points per game and knocked down 25 three-pointers this season, when the Sabers made a run to a Class 3A sectional title-game appearance. She earned News-Gazette All-Area special mention honors.
The new conference consisting of the 10 remaining teams in the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt Conferences will be named the Illini Prairie Conference, the conference announced Wednesday.
The conference will begin play during the 2017-2018 school year.
PONTIAC — The merger between the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt conferences is complete.
Pontiac became the final school to approve the new conference at Tuesday’s school board meeting, meaning a new 10-team league commences beginning with the 2017-18 school year.
URBANA — Urbana senior volleyball player Sophie Davenport will head to Olivet Nazarene University to continue her volleyball career. The Tigers, who compete in NAIA Division II, finished 24-19 last season and won the South Division of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.