A-H athletes making most of time

ATWOOD — Most of us don’t know when the end will occur.

Kaitie Wildman knows. It will stop with her.

When Atwood-Hammond holds its final graduation ceremony in 23 days, Wildman will be the last student to receive a diploma.


Fred Kroner: Challenging times for IHSA

BLOOMINGTON — The IHSA, in some quarters, is viewed as the Evil Empire.

It’s a perception that is prevalent among those with gripes about an organization in its 114th year of existence.

Some criticize the IHSA for its multiplier policy that is applied to non-boundaried schools.

Others don’t like the number of championships that are permitted in a particular sport.

Chart toppers: A-L keeps coaching in family

Dale Schuring and his wife, Val Cornwell, have a reciprocal agreement. They help each other.

They are part of the same family team, even though it’s usually the exact same sports team.

As veteran coaches at Arthur High School, they’ve had to adjust their own schedules when conflicts arise. Sometimes the reciprocal agreement includes their squads.

Big 12 revamp ahead of schedule

CHAMPAIGN ­— Coming to a field or stadium sooner than expected: the revamped Big 12 Conference.

The expanding high school athletic league will have conference schedules in play in 20 of 21 sports when another school year starts in August.

N-G All-State volleyball teams

First team

All-State Volleyball POY: Richmond-Burton's Ali Frantti

SPRING GROVE — Ali Frantti’s volleyball recruitment followed a reverse pattern.

The typical process begins with a college coach contacting a player — or the coach — while hoping to spark an interest.

Frantti picked her school and made the first move.

As a sixth-grader.

All-Area Volleyball: Meet the first team

Lizzy Barnard
Unity, Sr., Outside hitter

Why she made it: Parkland College recruit is a repeat selection. Player of the Year tied for area lead in kills per set (5.15) and was second on team in digs per set (3.88). Had 206 more kills than anyone else on the team. Also had 59 aces as the 23-11 Rockets matched their win total from the previous three seasons.

All-Area Volleyball POY: Unity's Lizzy Barnard

TOLONO — Lizzy Barnard was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

A standout volleyball player — who played for a team that earned state medals in 2012 — as a senior, Barnard was prepared to bypass the sport she intends to play in college.

Peoria schools joining Big 12

What happened

1st News-Gazette All-Star Volleyball Game

A gallery of images from the 1st News-Gazette All-Star Volleyball game at Parkland College on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

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