This article will display all News-Gazette All-Area content from the 2019-2020 school year. It will be updated after the winter and spring athletic seasons as well.
Now playing at our high school Twitter account: 106 GIFs recorded during our Faces of the Winter event.
Farm bankruptcies, the food and beverage tax increase in C-U, an infrequently used runway at Willard Airport, a problematic sign at Memorial Stadium, the new track at Champaign’s McKinley Field, farmland at Philo and Windsor in Urbana, and locally made toffee.
LUCY LUX-RULON didn’t go far to start a college track and field career after graduating from St. Thomas More in 2018, suiting up with Illinois in the high and long jumps at the Big Ten indoor meet. She checks in:
Preps coordinator Colin Likas caught up with a few standout athletes who signed their letter of intent on Friday to continue their athletic careers in college
Alayna Stalter captured three Class 1A state medals in the 100-meter hurdles and now stars at Murray State, placing 12th in that event at the 2019 Ohio Valley outdoor meet. The Fisher grad checks in.
The former four-sport athlete at Tuscola — who also earned News-Gazette male Athlete of the Year status in 2018 and now starts for Kaskaskia baseball — talks with preps coordinator Colin Likas about his time thus far in Centralia:
More than 70 area high school students worked alongside N-G Media engineer Ed Bond to produce 10-second promotions for local programming, from “Penny For Your Thoughts” to “ServPro Prep Football Confidential.” They sounded terrific.
Former Centennial throwing standout Luke Vaughn last made our headlines in June 2018, when he won an NCAA championship in discus for the University of Memphis. Vaughn also recently competed in the United States Championships. He offered his thoughts on that, as well as his future in the throwing world:
The Vipers are a diverse group as it pertains to East Central Illinois athletics — elementary through high school kids, from as close as Champaign and as far as Neoga and Warrensburg.
When RILEY BAKER walked off the blue track at Eastern Illinois’ O’Brien Stadium on May 26, 2018, he was the reigning Class 1A state boys’ runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles with St. Joseph-Ogden. Things only got better in Baker’s freshman year with EIU track and field:
Centennial High School's third Athletic Hall of Fame class is set to include, among others, a former Illinois football quarterback and the current coach of Parkland men's basketball.