Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at clikas@news-gazette.com.

Sages announce new Hall of Fame class

MONTICELLO — Three selections came from the 1960s and 1970s. Two more were in their first year of consideration. All five entities will now be part of the Monticello Athletic Hall of Fame.

High school officials announced the 2018 class Monday — 1966 graduate Dick Sumner, 2008 graduates Lucy Coleman and Kyle Dooley, longtime coach Bob Trimble and the 1965-66 boys' basketball team.

Bacys has Danville's seal of approval

DANVILLE — For the last 11 years, B.J. Luke sat at the top tier of Danville High School sports.

That changed last week when Luke retired from his role as athletic director. It didn't take him long to espouse the new man in charge.

"He'll do a nice job for us," Luke said. "And he dresses better than I do."

Judah Christian starting anew with Perez

CHAMPAIGN — Adrian Perez never imagined himself becoming a high school athletic director, and his career path to this point didn't really suggest the possibility.

Prep pulse: July 23, 2018

When Luke Luffman captured his second consecutive Class 2A 220-pound championship at the IHSA state wrestling meet last February, it definitely felt like the sky was the limit for the Urbana rising senior and University of Illinois grappling commit.

He's proven that to be the case this summer, expanding his reputation on both the national and international stages.

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2017-18 school year

We're getting close to starting another school year, which means prep sports are on the horizon. When area golf teams are able to kick off their respective campaigns come Aug. 9, things officially will be in full swing.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review


1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.

IHSA adjusts rules in 3 sports

Wrestlebacks are back.

A cut day now exists in golf.

And a mercy rule is in place for basketball season.

Those are among the notable IHSA rule changes for the 2018-19 academic year that will affect the state wrestling and golf tournaments, as well as lopsided regular-season basketball games.

A Life Remembered | Legendary Central wrestling coach a man of influence

LODA — There are five phases of high school coaching, John Woods says.

First on the list, according to the Champaign Central athletic director, is survival. Then comes success, followed by playing a significant role in the lives of student-athletes.