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.

Prep pulse: May 14, 2018

Wrestling is one of those sports that doesn't have a terribly lengthy IHSA season, but keeps going on well past the annual February state tournament.

The latest examples of this came during the Illinois Greco-Roman State Championships on April 28 and the Illinois Freestyle State Championships on May 5-6.

Prep pulse: May 7, 2018

Shajrianna Turner was in the midst of her sophomore year at Danville when she suffered what could have become a debilitating injury.

Turner was wrestling for the Vikings in December 2015 when, as she describes it, she was headbutted by an opponent on the mat.

Prep pulse: April 23, 2018

The University of Illinois can claim influence over most state high schools. The News-Gazette's coverage area includes many of these options.

Among those is Danville, which seems to be a particular hot spot for Class of 2018 athletes seeking next-level competition.

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: March 26, 2018

This week's Best of the Bunch with preps coordinator Colin Likas looks at the achievements of a variety of track and field athletes last week, as well as the success of teams from Fisher, Tuscola, BHRA and Mahomet-Seymour.

N-G Final Top 10 | 2018 wrestling


1. Prairie Central (3): The Hawks may not have won the challenging Class 1A Coal City Regional, but they sent five athletes to state and received titles from Drew and Brandon Hoselton.

2018 All-Area wrestling | Meet the first team

Justin Cardani

Sr., 113 pounds, Centennial