Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

Retiring PBL athletic director stayed ahead of curve

PAXTON — John Woods was only 7 years old when his father took him up the road to Paxton to watch his alma mater, Fulton, take on Paxton in the 1978 football playoffs.

But that’s when the longtime Champaign Central athletic director began associating then-Paxton running back John Overstreet with the Panthers.

All-Area wrestling teams from 2016-17

All-Area First Team
Dale Ashby    Hoopeston Area    Jr.    152
Justin Cardani    Centennial    Jr.    106

Cardani adds weight, state title in successful junior season

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial junior Justin Cardani had every reason to be confident as he stepped onto the floor behind the mats about 20 minutes before his Class 2A 106-pound state championship bout in February at State Farm Center.

All-Area Wrestling Coach of the Year: Mahomet-Seymour's Rob Ledin

Why he's Coach of the Year: Ledin guided Mahomet-Seymour to a third straight regional title, and the Bulldogs followed that up with a team sectional win over Chatham Glenwood to earn a trip to state. Four Bulldogs qualified for individual state, with Hunter Crowley taking home a second-place finish at 195 pounds in Class 2A.

Final area prep statistics: 2016-17 wrestling

Class 1A


ATHLETE, School W L Pts

Elliott, Hoopeston Area 36 3 192

Wendling, St. Joseph-Ogden 38 8 175

O'Linc, Monticello 32 12 110

Shellman, St. Thomas More 30 14 94

Maxey. GCMS/Fisher 21 12 54

Griffet, Unity 19 11 45

Deavers, Clinton 18 12 39

Mingee, St. Thomas More 6 3 22

2017 all-conference wrestling teams

Big 12


106 — (JUNIOR) x-Justin Cardani, Centennial; (FRESHMEN) Javon Jamison, Bloomington; x-Grant Peterson, Peoria Notre Dame.

113 — (JUNIOR) x-Aaron Shaw, Normal West; (FRESHMAN) x-Tristan Daugherty, Peoria Notre Dame.

March 23 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

Why was Anaya Peoples The News-Gazette's All-Area girls' basketball Player of the Year? When do other All-Area teams from the winter come out? What spring sports teams could contend for a state title this school year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to answer your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.