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Mount Zion has a full schedule for its newly-built indoor track.

The Braves themselves will christen the track with an intra-squad meet on Tuesday, Feb. 23 before the boys have a meet on Thursday, Feb. 25 with MacArthur, Eisenhower, Lanphier and Pana.

The first girls meet is a week later and features St. Teresa, Warrensburg-Latham and Taylorville on Thursday, March 2.

There's also a meet featuring the Apollo teams, as well as the Mount Zion Indoor Invitational, which has many of the boys county teams squaring off.

Mann signs with Kankakee 

Maddie Mann was the MacArthur volleyball team's all-around most consistent player during her senior season and a young team's leader.

She finished the season with 303 kills, 227 digs and 46 aces. Mann also plays for the Peak Performance volleyball club in Champaign.

On Tuesday, she signed a letter of intent to continue her athletic career at Kankakee College, an NJCAA Division II program that made it to the Region 4 semifinals and finished 23-22 this season.

Mann is one of three incoming recruits in the 2016 class, according to the school's athletic website. She joins Paxton-Buckley-Loda's Courtney Johnson and Grant Park's Peyton Thiesen.

Newton's Short makes Hall

Todd Short, an assistant football coach at Newton for 28 years, is one of 16 new inductees into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association hall of fame announced Monday.

The coaches will be inducted at a luncheon April 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. University of Illinois head coach Bill Cubit will be guest speaker.

Short is one of three assistant coaches being honored. Two active head coaches made the list -- Metamora's Pat Ryan and Geneva's Rob Wicinski.

Dan Rourke, who retired after this past season after 23 seasons at Chatham Glenwood, is also being inducted. 

Scrimpsher to Elmhurst

Warrensburg-Latham senior Jordan Scrimpsher will be playing baseball beyond this season. He signed with Elmhurst College.

Scrimpsher hit for a .429 average last season, driving in 17 runs. He was also part of the regular pitching rotation, finishing with a 4-3 record in 41 2/3 innings with 59 strikeouts and a 2.02 ERA.

Budd to Jacksonville

Madie Budd will sign her letter of intent today to play volleyball for Illinois College next year.

The Arcola senior helped lead the Riders to a 17-13 record as an outside hitter with 190 kills.

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Illinois College, located in Jacksonville, is a Division III school and went 13-15 last year.

Mattoon at new heights

First, the Mattoon girls basketball team beat Taylorville on Feb. 5 to win its first conference regular season championship since the 1992-1993 season.

Then on Feb. 8, the Green Wave reached another milestone. They beat Olney Richland County to earn win No. 20, the first time they'd reached as many wins since the 2003-2004 season when they won 24.

“We achieved some goals here at the end of the year,” Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt said after the Feb. 8 game. “The girls set goals at the beginning of the year. All of us together, putting in the hard work, making adjustments as we needed to, all of the time and dedication they put in paid off."

IHSA adds 5K

Registration for the first-ever IHSA Road Race will open online for member schools next week.

The inaugural IHSA Road Race will unfold Saturday, July 30 at Heartland Community College in Normal. Any individual who will be a high school student during the 2016-17 school year, including incoming freshmen, are eligible to race in one of its three divisions, which include a boys division, girls division, and wheelchair division. The race is free to participants, who can register online in the IHSA School Center by having a coach or administrator enter them.

“We are excited for the unofficial start of the high school sports year when the IHSA 5K Road Race debuts in July,” IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said in a statement. “Our hope is that this event will unite students from different schools all over the state to compete in a fun environment."

The races are tentatively scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 10:30 a.m. Medals will be awarded to the Top 5 individual finishers in each division. The exact schedule and a map of the 5K course will be released online by the IHSA in the coming months. 

Long time coming

Charleston's Kevin Reddish is the first Trojan wrestler to qualify for state since 2006. He took fourth at the Class 2A Mahomet Sectional last weekend and beat Robbie Hansen of Chatham Glenwood to qualify.

Silkowski approved

The Lincoln High School Board of Education officially approved the hire of Matt Silkowski as the next Railer football coach on Tuesday.

An assistant at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, he inherits a program that has endured three straight 0-9 seasons.

Railers sign next schools

Three current Lincoln basketball players will play at the next level.

Garrett Aeilts will join Lincoln Christian University for basketball and baseball, while Aron Hopp will play both sports at Lincoln College. KJ Fry will play baseball for the Lynx as well.

1,000-point club

  • Warrensburg-Latham senior Tyler Bond became the second player of the Cardinals' senior class to hit 1,000 career points, and he might not be the last. Bond accomplished it during a win against Tuscola on Feb. 12. Garrett Shea hit 1,000 about a year ago.
  • Monticello senior Zach Fisher got the milestone out of the way quickly. He hit the benchmark 38 seconds into the Sages' game against Maroa-Forsyth on Feb. 12. He scored 18 points in the game.
  • Two South Central players who've been big contributors for the boys and girls teams since they were freshmen reached 1,000 on the same night. Cougars junior Abby Hahn and senior Brett Harmeier did it Jan. 28.

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