April 2 high school sports chat

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:30pm

The spring sports season is in full bloom. Who are some of the top baseball teams? What about softball? Girls' soccer? Boys' tennis? How's the area track and field scene look? Why did The News-Gazette make some of its selections to the various All-Area teams it has run the last two weeks in regards to winter sports? Ask Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner and our prep guru will tell you.

N-G All-Area Wrestling: All-conference, all-county teams

Corn Belt Conference
106: (JUNIOR) Nick Norris, Chillicothe IVC.
113: (SOPHOMORE) Dawson Swindle, Olympia.
120: (FRESHMAN) Shane Robinson, Eureka.
126: (JUNIOR) Kody Hitchins, Mahomet-Seymour.
132: (SENIOR) Kolton Taylor, Mahomet-Seymour.
138: (FRESHMAN) Drew Hoselton, Prairie Central.
145: (SENIOR) Riley Beard, Chillicothe IVC.

Final Area Wrestling Honor Roll

Class 1A
Name, School    W    L    Pts
Cartwright, Bismarck-Henning    32    12    111
Pridemore, Argenta-Oreana    29    13    102
Nisly-Nagele, Monticello    23    16    53

N-G Top 10: Final wrestling rankings — GCMS/Fisher best

N-G Top 10: Final wrestling rankings


1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher (3)    22-5    Team fourth in Class 1A state

2. Mahomet-Seymour (1)    23-5    No state placers in Class 2A

N-G All-Area Wrestling COY: GCMS/Fisher's Josh Carter

The numbers

The 22-5 Falcons placed fourth in the Class 1A dual-meet state tournament. The program had 10 athletes win at least 20 matches and one (Jacob Franklin) who placed at state.

Quoting Coach Carter

N-G All-Area Wrestling: First team, second team, honorable mention

All-Area First Team

NAME    SCHOOL    YR.    WT.

Hunter Crowley    Mahomet-Seymour    So.    182

Jacob Franklin    Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher    Sr.    182

N-G All-Area Wrestler of the Year: SJ-O's Wesley Kibler

ST. JOSEPH — Wesley Kibler knows all about the biggest issues facing wrestlers.

However you say it, the focus is on the wait or the weight.

As a competitor in the upper divisions, the St. Joseph-Ogden junior must be patient while nearly three-fourths of the meet is contested before he gets his turn in the 11th of 14 classes.

03-24-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

03-24-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!

03-24-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Matt Daniels and Scott Richey discuss the close of the winter high school sports season and look ahead to the spring sports.


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March 26 high school sports chat

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:30pm

Executive Sports Editor Fred Kroner is churning out plenty of All-Area selections and Player of the Year honorees this week for our winter sports. Who were some of the top athletes and teams he watched these last four months? What is his take on the area spring sports scene? Is it a good thing or bad thing that the boys' basketball state tournament will remain in Peoria through 2020?

Athletes of the Week: Smith and Girkin

Shayne Smith, Tri-County girls’ basketball