Kroner: All-Area teams will have new look

Change is inevitable.

Some of us embrace it. Some resist it.

The only certainty is that it’s coming, often in ways we cannot currently even imagine.

The newspaper business is no exception.

We used to write stories on a typewriter, and a composing room person would set the words in type.

Best of Fred: No. 38 — My favorite stories, written at home and abroad

Most of the favorite stories I’ve written don’t involve athletes or teams who “won” something.

My short list includes articles that are special either because of the effort required to get the story or the uniqueness of the story itself.

Three come to mind. All were part of a series.

Watseka finishes third in state

NORMAL — The first set of Saturday’s Class 2A third-place match had an all-too-familiar feel for Watseka. The Warriors struggled against Dakota’s outside hitters in their semifinal loss and were in the same boat against Edwards County.

Cissna Park rallies for third place

NORMAL — Woodlawn’s Annie Wehrheim had 11 kills and a pair of aces by the time the Cardinals won the first set of Saturday’s Class 1A third-place match against Cissna Park.

The Timberwolves didn’t panic. They knew the 6-foot-1 middle hitter would be the focal point of Woodlawn’s attack.

Watseka proud of accomplishments

NORMAL — It wasn’t so much what Watseka did wrong. It was more about what Dakota did right.

“We had a hard time stopping their outside hitters,” Watseka coach Krista Pufahl said after the Warriors lost a Class 2A semifinal 25-21, 25-18 in their state volleyball tournament debut Friday at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena.

Cissna Park hangs tough in loss

NORMAL — They came to win, but more important, they came to play.

Cissna Park showed it belonged in volleyball’s Final Four for Class 1A.

“We played a fantastic match,” coach Josh Landon said. “I don’t know if we could have given anything else.”

The Timberwolves gave two-time defending state champion Rockford Keith everything it wanted.

Watseka out to show state it belongs

WATSEKA — The Class 2A semifinal bracket of the 41st IHSA volleyball state tournament is filled with three schools that have played for state championships during the past three seasons.

And then, there is Watseka.

“We can use that as motivation that we belong,” Watseka coach Krista Pufahl said.

Cissna Park ready to take its best shot

CISSNA PARK — Josh Landon is embracing the challenge facing his Cissna Park volleyball team this week.

In the school’s IHSA state tournament debut Friday, the Timberwolves draw two-time defending Class 1A state champion Rockford Keith Country Day.

“They are expected to win the whole thing,” Landon said. “We have nothing to lose. We’ve accomplished the goal of getting to state.

11-12-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

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11-12-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Fred Kroner, Matt Daniels, and Scott Richey take a look at the high school football playoffs going in to week 3.  High School Volleyball and Cross Country.


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N-G Top 10: Volleyball rankings — Watseka leads way

1. Watseka (1)    35-3    School season record for wins

2. Cissna Park (6)    33-4    Second straight 20-win season

3. Schlarman (2)    29-6-1    Third straight sectional crown