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.

Albaugh steps aside at Judah Christian

A little more than a year after stepping aside as Champaign Central's football coach, Nate Albaugh has decided to stop coaching football and wrestling at Judah Christian.

Albaugh confirmed his decision to resign from both coaching jobs with the Tribe via a text message to The News-Gazette on Friday morning, but did not offer a reason for his departure.

2019 IHSA state wrestling title matches

Video highlights from the 2019 IHSA state wrestling championship matches on Feb. 16, 2019, at State Farm Center.

Urbana senior, future Illini becomes first C-U grappler to claim trio of state titles

CHAMPAIGN — Luke Luffman had sweated up a storm under his black and orange Urbana jacket.

Luffman's upper body was soaked following Saturday night's Class 2A 285-pound state-championship wrestling match inside State Farm Center. His skin needed to breathe.

But Luffman also was required to wear a piece of Tigers gear if he wished to accept his third consecutive first-place medal.

IHSA State Wrestling: Class 1A & 2A finals

Area wrestlers compete in the championship matches of the Class 1A and 2A State tournament at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

2019 IHSA state wrestling quarterfinals and semifinals

Video highlights from the 2019 IHSA state wrestling tournament championship-bracket quarterfinals and semifinals, contested Feb. 14 and 15 at State Farm Center in Champaign.

Pin and Ink: Brackets of IHSA wrestling results penned by one man

CHAMPAIGN — Winning an IHSA state wrestling championship has its perks. Guys like Urbana senior Luke Luffman and 2018 Centennial graduate Justin Cardani, among others, have learned as much over the years.

Unity, Prairie Central duos lead 10 locals vying for state wrestling titles

CHAMPAIGN — Logan Patton's reaction was a reasonable one.

At the conclusion of Friday night's Class 1A 106-pound semifinal match between one of Patton's Unity wrestlers, freshman Tavius Hosley, and Ridgeview/Lexington's Billy Tay, Patton stuck out his left hand for those around to see.

It was trembling, almost as if by the force of an earthquake.

Urbana senior on the cusp of history

CHAMPAIGN — A little bit of smiling. A few jokes with his coach. A short conversation with another school's athlete.

Urbana senior Luke Luffman doesn't approach the IHSA wrestling state championships the same way as many others.

Being a two-time reigning titlist will bring that out in a kid.

IHSA State Wrestling: Class 1A & 2A semifinals

Area wrestlers compete in semifinal matches of the Class 1A and 2A State tournament at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.