Future of Villa Grove/Heritage co-op murky

The Villa Grove/Heritage co-op is up for renewal in the spring, but both districts want different things from the co-op moving forward.

Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis said his district would like the co-op to be a full co-op and include volleyball, common colors and a common mascot.

Monticello, Champaign Central to add Hall of Fame inductees

Champaign Central and Monticello will add to their school’s respective athletic Hall of Fame classes later this month.

First up is Monticello, where the Sages will induct three individuals on Friday night as part of the school’s homecoming festivities. The Sages (6-0) host St. Thomas More (5-1) at 7 p.m. in a key Okaw Valley Conference game.

STM's new AD makes himself at home

CHAMPAIGN — Ben Sankey had two bags for much of his 20s, and in those bags sat all of his belongings.

A call could come at any time that changed his life, whether that be a call to the coaches’ office or the ringing of his cellphone, telling him he’d been traded or a team was interested in his services. He had to remain ready.

Alabama makes dream come true

ST. JOSEPH — Kids often have lofty goals, Nicki Dowling knows, and usually those dreams diminish or fizzle completely over time.

But her daughter’s dream didn’t. It only grew.

Area sluggers predict 2016 Home Run Derby

With Monday’s Major League Baseball Home Run Derby taking place in San Diego, we asked several area sluggers for their predictions before the annual festivities:

2016 Prep Program of the Year: St. Joseph-Ogden

In 2005, we asked now-retired sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or 20.

2016 Prep Year in Review

1. Unity boys’ cross-country. Dominant performance by five seniors at state; they placed among the top 14 individually, leading Rockets to a Class 1A state crown.

2. LeRoy boys’ basketball. School’s first state trophy in the sport was for first place in Class 1A.

June 30 prep sports chat

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:30pm

The offseason might be in full effect for area high school athletes, but it's never too early to look ahead. That's what preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here for. What football teams might surprise in 2016? When does The News-Gazette Preps Year in Review come out? Who's the next big-time recruit to come out of C-U? Ask and Zilis will provide an answer in his 12:30 p.m.

2016 final area softball statistics

Batting Average
Player, School    AB    R    H    RBI    AVG.

Schwing, Fisher    105    54    66    27    .629

2016 softball all-conference, all-county teams

Big 12 All-Conference

SENIORS: x-Brooklyn Bane, Normal West; x-Sydney Bina, Peoria Notre Dame; x-Makena Brillhart, Centennial; x-Reganne Camp, Normal West; Sydney Hollings, Normal West; Amy Janson, Centennial; x-Lindsey Loewenstein, Danville; x-Ellie Sonetz, Normal West; x-Elexis Swartzentruber, Normal Community.