Uni freshman Rajic already setting standards

Ema Rajic has established herself as the best swimmer in two events at Urbana Uni High. The freshman will try to put herself among the state elite this weekend.

A two-event individual state qualifier, Rajic is seeded eighth in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.

N-G Preseason Boys' Basketball: STM No. 5

Why No. 5?
The Sabers return two of three double-figure scorers from a 23-8 team that reached a Class 1A super-sectional. Those players (Doug Wallen, 17.0, and Clavin Davis, 12.6) are just starting their sophomore seasons.

Kroner: Tuscola's Knight another bright spot

There’s not a more deceiving statistic in high school football than a punter’s average.

Many schools won’t risk a fumble and don’t field punts, letting the ball bounce to wherever it ends

The extra yardage serves to inflate a punter’s average.

Prep football statistics after Week 12

Player, School    Att    Yrds    TD    AVG

D. Powell, B-H    208    2186    21    10.5
T. White, Unity    202    1855    28    9.2

Wednesday's prep highlights: Stoller sparks Cissna Park

CISSNA PARK — Addison Stoller had 16 points and nine rebounds as Cissna Park won its second girls’ basketball game in three days, 47-34 in Wednesday against Herscher in the Timberwolves’ tournament.

Lexi Knake had 12 points and Stephanie Fehr nine rebounds for Cissna Park, which led 16-3 after one quarter.

Illini fall short in Big Ten battle

MADISON, Wisc. — Wisconsin played its way to the top of the Big Ten standings this season pairing a dynamic, balanced offense with an equally scrappy defense.

Most of all, according to Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly, the Badgers were playing the cleanest volleyball in the league during their 15-match winning streak and were “taking care of the details better than other teams.”

Preseason Top 5: No. 5 St. Thomas More

Doug Wallen, St. Thomas More sophomore, talks about his team’s No. 5 ranking in the N-G preseason boys’ basketball poll.  

Sports Talk 11-19-14

Sports Talk 11-19-14: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson listen to PSU head football coach James Franklin, and they talk with former Illini basketballer Jerry Hester and with Todd Lindsey from the U of I Quarterback Club.


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17-19-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

17-19-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!

11-19-14 Prep Sports Podcast.  Fred Kroner and Scott Richey look at the High School Football playoffs and the start of Girls and Boys Basketball.


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Updated: Centennial's McDonnell steps aside

CHAMPAIGN — Mike McDonnell’s coaching career can be divided into two parts, the first 19 years and the last 18 years.

In between was a one-season absence, where he worked for the Secretary of State in Springfield.