Track and Field
■ Freshman Alivia Hay, a Mahomet-Seymour graduate, and Claire Michael, a Uni High graduate, both earned All-Conference honors for Illinois Wesleyan at the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin swimming championships. Hay placed third in both the 500 freestyle and 200 backstroke, setting season-bests in both events.
■ Senior Jesse Hahne, from Schlarman Academy, was the area’s top male performer at the Black & Gold Premier Meet, hosted by the University of Iowa. Competing for Illinois State, Hahne won the 3,000-meter run in the open division. His winning time of 8 minutes, 28.70 seconds is also a season best.
CHAMPAIGN — Kyle Langenderfer (157 pounds), Emery Parker (184) and Brooks Black (heavyweight) each posted major decisions, leading Illinois to a 30-9 Big Ten wrestling victory against Michigan State on Friday night at Huff Hall.
Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts now excelling in college:
Let’s be clear: The Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years was one of the top sports stories of 2016 — No. 1 on The Associated Press’ list. But what about memorable moments to come out of East Central Illinois in a calendar year that will close once the clock hits midnight Saturday? Here are our 10 selections:
■ Sophomore Devin Kyler, from Centennial, has started all eight games for Wheaton College. She’s tied for third in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin in rebounding at 7.6 per game, is second with 6.4 defensive rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, and is ninth with 3.4 assists per game.
■ Sophomore Amanda McClain, from Sullivan, was named the Missouri Valley Conference female Track and Field Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Eastern Illinois Early Bird meet last Saturday. Competing for Illinois State, McClain won the 400-meter dash and the long jump, setting a meet record in the 400 in 56.45 seconds.
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.
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.
URBANA — The hallways constantly buzz with soft chatter at Urbana Uni High, whether class is going on or not. Students sit at tables outside of classrooms with textbooks flipped open, discussing history or biology or geometry or gossip of the day.