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Westville falls short of title for second straight year

CHAMPAIGN — For the second consecutive year, Westville fell one win short of a state championship.

That didn't make it any less special for coach Guy Goodlove.

"They kept fighting until the end," said Goodlove, who was quick to point out how proud he was of the Tigers reaching back-to-back Class 2A title games.

Science projects are successful collaborations

RANTOUL – Sam Paris-Cheaton's prize-winning project started with a question in chemistry class at Rantoul Township High School.

Teacher Tom Gelsthorpe said Sam, then a sophomore, took an interest in the organic LED lights lesson he was teaching and asked if they would work with plastic. Together they tackled that electronic and molecular challenge as a project for the NAACP's ACT-SO program.

Galena ends Tuscola's bid to repeat as champs

CHAMPAIGN – The folks at Schlarman can breathe easier now. The Hilltoppers of 1980 and '81 are still the only area football teams to repeat as state champions.

Tuscola's bid to make it two in a row ended with today's 35-7 loss to unbeaten Galena at a frigid Class 1A state championship game at Memorial Stadium.

Rantoul student, teacher team up on science project

RANTOUL – Sam Paris-Cheaton's prize-winning project started with a question in chemistry class at Rantoul Township High School.

Teacher Tom Gelsthorpe said Sam, then a sophomore, took an interest in the organic LED lights lesson he was teaching and asked if they would work with plastic. Together they tackled that electronic and molecular challenge as a project for the NAACP's ACT-SO program.

Champaign Central under lockdown after students fight

Champaign Central High School was under a lockdown around lunchtime Wednesday after a fist fight broke out between two boys in the school's cafeteria. Some of their friends then became involved.

The youths were eventually separated by Principal Bill Freyman and school staff, the Champaign Police school resource officer stationed at Central and Champaign patrol officers called to the scene.

Urbana school board OKs property purchase

URBANA – School board members Tuesday approved the purchase of property at 113 W. Washington St. to help pave the way for eventual expansion of the middle and high school campuses.

In a surprise move, they also honored Vice President John Dimit for serving on the board for 20 years.

Focus on freshmen at Champaign Central

CHAMPAIGN – More eyes are watching the freshmen class at Central High School this year, paying extra attention to who is tardy, who is getting into trouble, who is getting F's.

Central administrators found, when they looked at data from the last few years, many of the behavior problems and suspensions at the school involved freshmen. They wanted to see if they could find ways to keep freshmen in class and doing well, both academically and behaviorally.

Eight Tuscola football players to miss title matchup

TUSCOLA – Eight members of the Tuscola High School football team were suspended from the team on Monday but will remain in school, days before the team plays for the state title.

Tuscola School Superintendent Joe Burgess said the students will be suspended from extracurricular activities for violating the school's athletic code, but will not be suspended from school.

Warriors move forward as title game approaches

TUSCOLA – Instead of coordinating ticket sales and preparing for Friday's Class 1A state championship football game, Tuscola officials on Monday found themselves scrambling to deal with the fallout stemming from an incident over the weekend in which a number of teens – several of which were Tuscola football players – allegedly were found to be in possession of and drinking alcohol in rural Douglas County.

On Monday morning, Tuscola coach Stan Wienke confirmed that several football players were involved in the incident and would not be with the team for Friday's state championship game against undefeated Galena at Memorial Stadium. But he and other Tuscola officials, citing privacy regulations, refused to identify any students involved in the incident.

Urbana school district poised to buy another property

URBANA – The Urbana school district is well on its way toward its proposed goal of expanding its middle school/high school campus with the proposed purchase of 113 W. Washington St., U.

At its Tuesday business meeting, the board will consider buying the property for $191,500. If approved, the property would be the third on that block that the board has purchased this school year.