The spring sports season is in full bloom. Who are some of the top baseball teams? What about softball? Girls' soccer? Boys' tennis? How's the area track and field scene look? Why did The News-Gazette make some of its selections to the various All-Area teams it has run the last two weeks in regards to winter sports? Ask Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner and our prep guru will tell you.
Corn Belt Conference
106: (JUNIOR) Nick Norris, Chillicothe IVC.
113: (SOPHOMORE) Dawson Swindle, Olympia.
120: (FRESHMAN) Shane Robinson, Eureka.
126: (JUNIOR) Kody Hitchins, Mahomet-Seymour.
132: (SENIOR) Kolton Taylor, Mahomet-Seymour.
138: (FRESHMAN) Drew Hoselton, Prairie Central.
145: (SENIOR) Riley Beard, Chillicothe IVC.
Name, School W L Pts
Cartwright, Bismarck-Henning 32 12 111
Pridemore, Argenta-Oreana 29 13 102
Nisly-Nagele, Monticello 23 16 53
N-G Top 10: Final wrestling rankings
TEAM (PREVIOUS) RECORD COMMENT
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher (3) 22-5 Team fourth in Class 1A state
2. Mahomet-Seymour (1) 23-5 No state placers in Class 2A
The 22-5 Falcons placed fourth in the Class 1A dual-meet state tournament. The program had 10 athletes win at least 20 matches and one (Jacob Franklin) who placed at state.
Quoting Coach Carter
All-Area First Team
NAME SCHOOL YR. WT.
Hunter Crowley Mahomet-Seymour So. 182
Jacob Franklin Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher Sr. 182
ST. JOSEPH — Wesley Kibler knows all about the biggest issues facing wrestlers.
However you say it, the focus is on the wait or the weight.
As a competitor in the upper divisions, the St. Joseph-Ogden junior must be patient while nearly three-fourths of the meet is contested before he gets his turn in the 11th of 14 classes.
03-24-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!
03-24-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast. Matt Daniels and Scott Richey discuss the close of the winter high school sports season and look ahead to the spring sports.
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Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is churning out plenty of All-Area selections and Player of the Year honorees this week for our winter sports. Who were some of the top athletes and teams he watched these last four months? What is his take on the area spring sports scene? Is it a good thing or bad thing that the boys' basketball state tournament will remain in Peoria through 2020?