Outgoing LOVC members name new conference

Fifteen members of the present-day Little Okaw Valley Conference now have a new banner under which they’ll compete moving forward.

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, these institutions will be part of the Lincoln Prairie Conference. League president Matthew Shoaff, Okaw Valley’s principal, announced the title through a Tuesday press release.

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2018-19 school year

Below is All-Area content from the 2018-19 high school sports season, put together by members of The News-Gazette staff. Spring sports packages will be available by, at the latest, early July.

2019 final area prep wrestling leaders

Class 1A 
106 pounds
Name, School    W    L    Pts

Wagner, St. Joseph-Ogden    44    9    208
Hosley, Unity    45    7    203
B. Tay, Ridgeview/Lexington    40    3    191

Final N-G wrestling Top 10: March 27, 2019

With the state meet wrapped up and the 2018-19 wrestling season in the books, preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS issues his final standings for area teams along with our All-Area teams.


Future Illini's fun-loving approach makes him one of a kind

URBANA — Luke Luffman is "an anomaly," according to his high school wrestling coach of the last four seasons.

2019 All-Conference wrestling teams

Illini Prairie Conference


SENIORS — x-Tyler Lanning, (Pontiac); Wesley Litwiller, (Olympia); x-Peter McCusker, (Rantoul/PBL); Lane Miller, (Olympia); x-Nolan Roseman, (Rantoul/PBL); Jake Wendlng, ( St. Joseph-Ogden); x-Jake Woodrey, (Prairie Central).

2019 N-G All-Area wrestling teams



Mason Ajster Oakwood/Salt Fork Sr. 160

Jacob Conaty LeRoy/Tri-Valley Sr. 170

Hayden Copass Westville/G-RF So. 285

Logan Deacetis Prairie Central So. 160

Micah Downs Clinton Jr. 182

Ezra Elliott Hoopeston Area Sr. 138

2019 N-G wrestling Coach of the Year: Unity's Logan Patton

Coach of the Year | Unity's Logan Patton

Why he's Coach of the Year: In his second season running the Rockets, Patton guided them to second place in both the ru

Meet the first team | 2019 N-G All-Area wrestling

Mason Ajster | Sr., 160 pounds, Oakwood/Salt Fork

Why he made it: In a locally strong weight class, Ajster posted a 33-7 record, won a sectio

Prep pulse: March 18, 2019

The spring sports season is officially under way.

Baseball, softball, girls' soccer and boys' tennis events were contested last week through iffy weather, joining the already-ongoing indoor track and field scene.

That means there are some things to discuss pertaining to the conclusion of winter prep athletics and the start of the spring campaign.