Prep Sports

Setting the bar high: M-S pole vaulter Callan Whitehouse looks to future at Indiana State

It was his moment. After training hard to recover from a broken hand he suffered playing hockey, Callan Whitehouse was finally poised to break through and win a state championship in the pole vault.

Bulldog football's Jordan Veldman set to lead by example

If Jordan Veldman had focused on just football, he might have gone down as one of the best running backs in Mahomet-Seymour history.

But where's the fun in that?

Instead, Veldman has decided to devote his precious time to three sports: baseball, basketball and football.

The future is bright: Bulldogs' volleyball competes in summer league play

Mahomet-Seymour volleyball has had a really busy summer. The Lady Bulldogs hosted summer league contests every Monday night through the month of June. The Bulldogs finished in third place out of eight teams. M-S edged Centennial to place third. St. Joseph-Ogden finished first and Unity took second.

Leading the pack: Senior Dawson Finch has big ambitions for Bulldog football

Dawson Finch is the ultimate competitor and a fearless leader. Those two qualities are huge bonuses for a starting quarterback.

Oh, and it definitely helps that Finch has a cannon for an arm to go along with above-aver-age speed and athleticism.

Winter preparedness: M-S boys' basketball competes in shootouts, summer leagues

Mahomet-Seymour boys' basketball is going to look different next winter. Veteran head coach Chad Benedict is gone. Cory Noe, one of the top scorers in M-S history, graduated and will suit up for Illinois Wesleyan University. Underrated leader Noah Benedict also graduated, and his vocal presence will be hard to replace.

'Beauty within': M-S female athletes train together, gain self-confidence

High school athletics are much more than what they used to be. From clubs to weight lifting, the training and preparation never stops. Add more than one sport to a student's agenda, and the athlete's responsibility becomes overwhelming.

M-S baseball all-star Brooks Coetzee named to All-Area first team

Another day, another accolade for Brooks Coetzee. The Mahomet-Seymour baseball star was named first team All-Area by The News-Gazette, first team all-conference by the Apollo Conference and first team All-State by Prep Baseball Report.

To top it off, Coetzee was also a Class 3A All-State selection by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Todd Lafond once again becomes The News-Gazette's All-Area Coach of the Year

For the second straight year, The News-Gazette selected Todd Lafond as the boys' track and field Area Coach of the Year.

Leaving a legacy: Retired girls' soccer coach Joey Gruner led M-S to five regional championships

When Mahomet-Seymour girls' soccer coach Joey Gruner took over the program in 2011, his aspirations were pretty small.

Back then, the local "balance of power" in girls' soccer was different, but Gruner told himself that before he was done coaching, he wanted to beat Centennial once and win one regional championship.

Five M-S softball standouts receive nod from The News-Gazette's All-Area

Mahomet-Seymour softball saw its season come to an end in the sectional semifinals against Charleston, but the Bulldogs have a bright future. The Bulldogs will return seven starters next season as they try to build off 16 wins and a regional championship.

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