Big dreams now reality for Luffman

URBANA — For Urbana wrestler Luke Luffman, there was only one college choice.

From the time he was a small child and went to Kids' Club practices at Hall, he idolized the Illinois wrestlers, and he dreamed of representing the school himself one day.

Luffman bringing wrestling talents to Illinois

URBANA — Luke Luffman won a Class 2A state wrestling title at 220 pounds this past February at State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus.

On Monday night, Luffman made his college intentions known. And he's staying home to wrestle in college at Huff Hall for Illinois, just a short drive from State Farm Center.

On your mark, get set ...

With the start of high school sports just days away, we asked prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis to answer five burning questions.

1. Will Mahomet-Seymour repeat as state cross country champions?

The Mahomet-Seymour cross-country team didn't just win a state title a year ago. They ran an historic race.

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.