MAHOMET — It might only be May, but Jon Adkins and the Mahomet-Seymour coaching staff are hard at work trying to rebuild their program.
MAHOMET — The Class of 2020 won’t be forgotten. They’ve been dealt one of the unluckiest hands we’ve ever seen. And as one class departs for the real world, it’s easy to forget about them and look at the new crop of talent that’s coming.
MAHOMET — Many have viewed the quarantine due to COVID-19 begrudgingly. It’s not easy to be cooped up at home. But Braden Finch, Clay Hubble and Cole Hubble are taking the opposite approach.
MAHOMET — For the last two years, Grant Coleman has led the Bulldogs in almost every offensive category. He finished his Mahomet-Seymour career with the most points (678) in a single season.
MAHOMET — London Acree was supposed to be a college softball player. She was headed toward signing with a Division III school to continue her softball career.
MAHOMET –– Garrett Risley knew it all along. Someday, he was going to be a coach. The 2012 Mahomet-Seymour graduate was hoping it would be for the Bulldogs one day. He’s a Bulldog through and through.
MAHOMET — Mahomet Bulldog alumna Sarah Hohenstein will continue her soccer career in the fall as she commits to Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour senior Jake Anderson signed with Millikin to continue his baseball career. Anderson has struggled with a multitude of injuries throughout his career, but he had worked tirelessly to get back to full health for the 2019-20 season.
MAHOMET — Baseball has always come easy for Brooks Coetzee. He smashed a grand slam in the first at-bat of his high school career and went on to be a four-year starter for the Bulldogs.
MAHOMET — The pressure of senior year is real, and Chloe Buzicky was feeling it. Last fall, the M-S girls’ soccer standout had joined Illinois Fire Juniors — a high-level club team located in Normal – and surprisingly watched as her recruitment exploded.
MAHOMET — At the moment, eight Mahomet-Seymour seniors have decided to play their respective sports at the next level. Let’s take a closer look at each one of them.
MAHOMET — The Class of 2020 was robbed. There’s not one person to blame. It’s understandable. The reactions from high school seniors across the country have been incredibly mature.
Pole vaulter Shaelin Ruzich: “As I look back to reflect, I am so thankful to be where I am at and all the glory goes to God. He has a plan for all of us and it can be hard to find joy in these hard times, but we can and will make it through these hard times, but we can and will make it throu…
MAHOMET –– A few days after placing third at the Class 2A state meet last year, Mahomet-Seymour track and field coach Todd Lafond went to M-S’ athletic director Matt Hensley and told him some sad news.
MAHOMET — Tuesday’s news from the Illinois High School Association stunk. No state championships. It’s heartbreaking for all high school athletes, but especially for the seniors who put so much effort and time into preparing for one final season just to see it end with a thud.
MAHOMET — Soccer has dominated the lives of Brooke and Brea Benson forever. But last year was the first year the sisters had played together. The Mahomet-Seymour duo both played starring roles leading the Bulldogs to a 24-2 record and a Class 2A Regional Championship.
MAHOMET — During his sophomore year at Mahomet-Seymour, Kobe Essien chatted with his parents about the viability of chasing a college baseball career.
MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour football coach Jon Adkins is bored out of his mind. The quarantine has kept the Bulldogs’ high-energy coach locked at home. And he’s not loving it.
MAHOMET — It was just another Thursday for Jack Rettig. The Belmont lefty hurler was with his teammates practicing in preparation for a three-game series against Tennessee-Martin.
MAHOMET — Despite the fact that multiple other states have canceled spring sports, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is doing whatever it takes to not drop the final hammer.
MAHOMET –– Brooks Coetzee, Cory Noe and Austin Biehl formed a three-headed monster on the baseball diamond. The trio starred for the Mahomet Diamond Dogs. Wherever they went, they usually won. When they were 11, they led the Diamond Dogs to a fourth-place at the USSSA World Series in Kansas …
EDITOR’S NOTE: The wait is ongoing for area teams. Area players. Area coaches. Area parents. When will sports resume as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic? Good question. Until then, Champaign News-Gazette sports editor Matt Daniels spent last week telling the stories of those impact…
MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour sophomore Nichole Taylor was named second-team All-Conference by Apollo Coaches, and she was named special mention All-Area by the News-Gazette on Monday.
MAHOMET –– Hunter Hendershot is going to the Big Ten. The Mahomet-Seymour track and field star committed to Illinois on March 20.
MAHOMET — Sports are on hold for now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look in the mirror at the successful winter that Mahomet-Seymour enjoyed.
MAHOMET –– March 30 was the original date where spring sports would be re-evaluated to see if they could return. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t slowed down. Illinois schools will be shut down until April 7. The earliest that spring sports could return is now April 8.
MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour soccer star Nyah Biegler committed to Eastern Illinois two months ago. She fell in love with the campus and the coaches. It was the place for her.
MONTICELLO — With most schools educating remotely and a significant portion of the work force logging their hours from home, why not organize a virtual run?
MAHOMET — For the second consecutive season, Grant Coleman was a first-team All-Apollo Conference selection. The 6-foot-7 forward led M-S in scoring and helped the Bulldogs finish 10-2 in the ultra-competitive Apollo. The Bulldogs’ two losses were to conference champion Lincoln.
When Kofi Cockburn swatted away Iowa star Luka Garza’s last-second shot, the Illini celebrated a 78-76 win on Senior Night. Illinois basketball was back. 21 wins. A No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. They were an NCAA Tournament lock.
MAHOMET — After an outstanding 23-2 season that concluded with a trip to the Elite Eight, the Bulldogs’ wrestling team was well represented in the All-Apollo Conference voting.
MAHOMET — Shaelin Ruzich cleared 11 feet in the pole vault to place second, and it was one of four events that the Mahomet-Seymour junior showed out in at the March 11 Normal West girls’ indoor track and field meet at the Shirk Center, located on Illinois Wesleyan’s campus.
MAHOMET –– Lisa Ayers and the Mahomet-Seymour softball team was supposed to open their season on Monday against St. Joseph-Ogden. Nic DiFilippo was going to lead his baseball team out onto the diamond for the first time on Thursday against Harrisburg.
MAHOMET — CJ Shoaf and Hunter Hendershot are at it again. The Bulldogs’ star duo competed at the First to the Finish meet at the University of Illinois, and they both brought home titles.
MAHOMET — All week long, Ryan Bosch reminded his Bulldogs how dangerous Urbana could be. A track meet wasn’t going to end pretty. Urbana was just far too dangerous when they got flying up and down the floor in transition. Late in the first quarter, M-S had done almost everything right. Grant…
MAHOMET — Ryan Bosch and Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs are licking their wounds after losing a heartbreaker in the Class 3A Regional Championship game to Urbana. But it was still a terrific year for the 21-11 Bulldogs.
MAHOMET — A terrific Mahomet-Seymour wrestling season has come to a close. The Bulldogs finished 23-2 as a team. They advanced all the way to the Elite Eight, and they had three guys qualify for state.
MAHOMET — Saturday was a unique day for the Mahomet-Seymour girls’ track and field team. M-S competed in two meets at the same time. The Bulldogs competed in both the Apollo conference meet at Mt. Zion and the First to the Finish meet at the University of Illinois.