URBANA — After losing top scorer Meredith Johnson-Monfort, goalie Sarah Hohenstein and head coach Joey Gruner, Mahomet-Seymour girls’ soccer wasn’t supposed to be this good in 2019. They weren’t supposed to win 22 regular-season contests and lose just once. They weren’t supposed to be the be…

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour baseball is hosting the Class 3A regionals, and they’re looking to benefit from the home cooking. With a big victory over Urbana in the first round, M-S advanced to play No. 4 Charleston on Wednesday. M-S defeated Charleston 3-1 during the regular season, and they’r…

MAHOMET — Nic DiFilippo had an inkling that Kobe Essien was going to be good. His junior hurler had the stuff. With a fastball that could hit 88 miles per hour, and a nasty offspeed pitch, Essien had all the ingredients to become a dominant pitcher in the Apollo Conference.

URBANA — Hunter Hendershot and CJ Shoaf continued to flex their muscles on the big stage. At Monday’s News-Gazette’s Honor Roll Track & Field Meet, Hendershot dominated the shot put with a throw of 59 feet, 7 inches. It was a season-best mark from Hendershot. Fellow senior Morrie Mendenh…

MAHOMET — Better get off the tracks because the freight train is rolling. Mahomet-Seymour girls’ soccer continues to destroy every roadblock in its path, and just like that, the Bulldogs will have an opportunity to win a regional title with a victory over Champaign Centennial.

TOLONO — Two freshmen didn’t wait long to make their mark for Mahomet-Seymour girls’ track and field. Pole vaulter Cece Abramson and long-distance runner Elizabeth Sims both qualified for the Class 2A state meet at the May 9 sectional meet at Unity High School. Abramson placed third, vaultin…

MAHOMET — Could a dynasty be starting? Mahomet-Seymour girls’ soccer coach Kelsie Donley sure hopes so. With a 3-0 win against Mount Zion on Tuesday, Donley’s Bulldogs improved to 20-1 and sewed up their second straight Apollo Conference championship. No Apollo rival has beaten the Bulldogs …

MAHOMET — Sam Tamburo and Sydney Eichelberger are going to be teammates next year at Parkland College. But Tamburo didn’t take it easy on her future teammate on Monday. The Mahomet-Seymour senior crushed Eichelberger for three run-scoring hits as the Bulldogs pulled away to run-rule Eichelbe…

MAHOMET — The Mahomet-Seymour boys’ track and field team was dealt a tough blow with a season-ending injury early in the season to senior long-distance runner Bryson Keeble. But they’ve always adopted a “next man up” mentality.

MAHOMET — The combination of Maddy Wade and Cayla Koerner continues to impress. The Mahomet-Seymour girls’ soccer team destroyed Lincoln and beat Mattoon in a rain-shortened contest. The perfect week improved M-S’ record to 18-1.

MAHOMET — Don’t look now, but the Mahomet-Seymour baseball squad has won five of its last six games. The Bulldogs’ schedule lightened up this week and Mother Nature got in the way, wiping away Monday’s tilt with Centennial, but M-S was still able to explode for plenty of offense and beat Roc…

CHAMPAIGN — Mahomet-Seymour needed a big performance from their senior star if they wanted to win the Champaign Central Invite last Saturday. They got it. Lakeida Nichols blazed her way to wins in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, and she placed second in the long jump to help M-S edge out s…

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour baseball coach Nic DiFilippo always knew that Nate McFall was extremely talented. The athletic sophomore was a guy that DiFilippo pegged as one who could help replace superstar Brooks Coetzee in the outfield.

MAHOMET — Nic DiFilippo remembers it like yesterday. It was May 30, 2007. DiFilippo was in his first season at the helm of Mahomet-Seymour baseball, and he had led the Bulldogs to their first regional championship in eight years.

PALATINE — Mathias Powell continues to rewrite the record books. For the third race in a row, Powell broke his own record in the 3,200. This time, Powell placed third amongst elite competition at Palatine’s Distance Night. Powell ran the 3,200 in nine minutes, 3.51 seconds to place third. Th…

MAHOMET — The Apollo Conference is going to be loaded all season long. Effingham is terrific. Lincoln is a rock-solid program. Mattoon, Charleston and Taylorville will all be tough outs. Nic DiFilippo has no idea where his Mahomet-Seymour baseball program will land when the season ends.

CHAMPAIGN — When Stan Bergman walked off the Redbird Arena hardwood on Nov. 10, 2018, following St. Thomas More volleyball’s three-set victory over Nashville in the Class 2A third-place match, he had no inkling it would mark his final match in charge of the Sabers.

MAHOMET — The MSHS girls’ soccer team’s nine-game winning streak finally came to an end as a great Stevens Point club won 1-0 in the first game of the Urbana Invitational, but the Bulldogs have still cemented themselves as one of the best teams in the Apollo Conference — and the area.

CHAMPAIGN — Mahomet-Seymour junior Grant Coleman was named second-team All-Area by The News-Gazette. Coleman was one of three Bulldogs to be recognized for their performances on the hardwood. Senior Jordan Veldman and junior Cole Lener both were named honorable mention All-Area.

MAHOMET — Jon Latham only had 12 plate appearances last season. Latham was forced to sit behind senior catcher Lukas Graham. Latham watched as Graham hit a respectable .308 and drove in 15 runs for Mahomet-Seymour last season.

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour baseball coach Nic DiFilippo thought his 2019 club would be the deepest team he’s had in a while. Early returns have proven that prediction to be right. The Bulldogs are off to a perfect 6-0 start, and they’re looking mighty dangerous.

MAHOMET — Make it five in a row for Mahomet-Seymour girls’ soccer. The Bulldogs are off to a blazing start. They still haven’t allowed a goal this season, which is a really easy way to explain their undefeated start.

MAHOMET ­­— The Bulldogs made their mark on the Apollo Conference during the winter sports season. On March 5, Mahomet-Seymour held its winter sports award night and eight Bulldogs were named All-Apollo Conference.

MAHOMET ­— After battling through terrible weather, the Mahomet-Seymour baseball team was finally able to get on the field. The Bulldogs are off to a hot start in 2019 with two straight wins over Danville and Clinton.

There is optimism in the air around Mahomet-Seymour as spring sports get underway. And for good reason. The M-S softball and girls’ soccer teams are two of the best teams in the area and will be right in the thick of things once regionals roll around. The boys’ track and field team placed se…

CHAMPAIGN — Mahomet-Seymour girls' soccer is going to look a little different this spring. The Bulldogs will have to replace star Meredith Johnson-Monfort.Johnson-Monfort is currently playing for the University of Illinois, and she left M-S as the single-season and career scoring leader.

DeKALB — Mahomet-Seymour Junior High wrestling had a big-time performance on a huge stage last weekend at Northern Illinois University.Peyton Cox pinned each and every opponent on his way to winning the IESA Class AA state championship at 95 pounds. Five Bulldogs placed at state and seven sc…

MAHOMET — Jon Adkins was a senior at Charleston High School when he traveled up to Mahomet in 2004 to watch the Bulldogs clash with Mount Zion in a Class 4A playoff game.The stands were packed, the band was deafening and the atmosphere was electric.Adkins knew right then and there that he wa…

The polar vortex is over (fingers crossed) and spring is right around the corner. The Bulldogs have some really talented spring squads that will start their quests for state championships.The Bulldogs' softball team is coming off a regional championship last year, and the M-S baseball team r…

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RANTOUL — One team kept its composure and played with poise late in the fourth quarter. The other let its emotions get the best of them.Mahomet-Seymour knocked down 14 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter and came-from-behind to defeat Rantoul 61-55 in the first round of the Class 3A Rant…

MAHOMET — Grant Coleman won't celebrate his senior night for one more year, but he wasn't about to let a special night have a sour ending.The Mahomet-Seymour junior erupted in the third quarter last Friday, pouring in 16 of his game-high 24 points in the frame as M-S flipped a 28-24 halftime…

The Mahomet-Seymour wrestling team saw its season come to an end in the Class 2A Dual Team sectional match. Triad edged the Bulldogs 37-32 in a dual down in Taylorville on Tuesday. Seniors Tyler Kittivanichkulkrai and Wyatt Heimann both were winners in their final bout.

MAHOMET — Seniors are always special. But some groups stand out more than others. For Nathan Seal, forgetting Lakeida Nichols, Abby Kyle, Ainsley Jessup, Kailyn Northrup and Maddy Wade will be easier said than done.