The offseason might be in full effect for area high school athletes, but it's never too early to look ahead. That's what preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here for. What football teams might surprise in 2016? When does The News-Gazette Preps Year in Review come out? Who's the next big-time recruit to come out of C-U? Ask and Zilis will provide an answer in his 12:30 p.m.
He was going to cook out with his two sons in Urbana. That alone had Wayne Mammen excited about Sunday afternoon.
"It'd been eons," Wayne said, "since we got together on Father's Day."
BLOOMINGTON — The Class 1A boys’ soccer state tournament will head to East Peoria starting with the 2017 tournament and remain at the Eastside Centre through 2021.
The Corn Crib in Normal has served as the 1A state final site the last five seasons, which saw Urbana Uni High make the state finals in 2012 and 2015.
When do the rest of the All-Area teams come out? Who are some high school athletes to keep an eye on next school year? What teams surprised preps coordinator Anthony Zilis the most this past school year? Zilis is chatting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but you can go ahead and ask questions ahead of time.
Here’s a look back at our Athlete of the Week honorees from start to finish:
Male: Bailey Crose, Hoopeston Area soccer
Female: Lauren Whitehouse, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country
Male: Clayton Miller, Arcola/ALAH golf
Female: Kylie Michael, SJ-O volleyball
The 2015-16 preps season might be in the books, but that doesn't mean there aren't questions you can pepper preps coordinator Anthony Zilis with. Maybe you're interested in Jon Davis' continued assault on 4 minutes. Maybe you have questions about Doug Wallen's transfer from St. Thomas More to Champaign Central. Or maybe you're interetsed in looking ahead to 2016-17.
The school year wasn’t quite over yet, but already Randy Moss had taken down most of the wall decor in his office at Monticello High School. The assistant principal and athletic director of 22 years is retiring in June and many of his prized possessions lay in a cardboard box on his floor. On Wednesday, Moss excitedly revealed he had 11 working days left until he called it a career.
ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph-Ogden will have a new wrestling and boys’ soccer coach next school year.
Richard Vetter has submitted his resignation to the board of education regarding the two coaching positions he held.
The best female hurdler in the state of Illinois nearly didn’t hurdle.
For Salt Fork senior Jenny Kimbro, the indecision she felt her freshman year is almost unimaginable looking back. But during the fall of that year, she contemplated playing softball instead of running track.
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More senior Airiana Smith signed last week with Illinois-Springfield, where she’ll continue her basketball career.
Smith averaged 6.5 points per game and knocked down 25 three-pointers this season, when the Sabers made a run to a Class 3A sectional title-game appearance. She earned News-Gazette All-Area special mention honors.