Bulletin board: Central meet hits 10th year

CHAMPAIGN — There will be no shortage of runners in town Saturday. In addition to the seventh Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, Champaign Central will hold its 10th girls’ track and field invitational at Centennial High School.

Eureka move shakes up conferences

The constant on the prep sports scene, it seems, is change.

Earlier in the school year, Maroa-Forsyth announced it’s leaving the Okaw Valley Conference after the 2015-16 school year.

That conference will operate with five schools.

This week, officials at Eureka confirmed intentions to withdraw from the Corn Belt Conference following the 2015-16 school year.

Bulletin board: Judah keeper among state's elite

CHAMPAIGN — Judah Christian soccer goalkeeper Cara Nash has 347 career saves and has moved among the state’s all-time top 20.

“Last year was her first ever playing soccer, so this stat is through one year and six games,” Judah coach Lee Bergfield said.

Her save totals are down during early-season matches, but Bergfield said it’s not a reflection on the junior’s play.

Best of Fred: No. 18 — The greatest comeback

There’s a large group of former area prep athletes who have resurfaced as area prep head coaches.

It has been a neat perk for me to follow these individuals from the times they were being coached to the times they were doing the coaching.

Bulletin board: PBL hires volleyball coach

PAXTON — Lindsay Muehlbauer hopes to carry on the tradition established by previous volleyball coaches at Paxton-Buckley-Loda. She recently was hired to replace former PBL coach Kristin Oyer.

Bulletin board: Vermilion salutes top sportsmen

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.

Best of Fred, No. 26: Media responsibilities

Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:


My decades of volunteer work have not taken the traditional paths.

Bulletin board: Ex-Tiger takes over at Millikin

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.

Bulletin board: M-S considers tourney changes

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.

Bulletin board: Gross signs with Parkland

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.