As the festivities of the Fourth of July become a little bit of a distant memory, that signals the end of the 2018-19 year. In fact, teams are already in preparation for the 2019-20 season, which will get started in a couple of weeks. But ISAAC TROTTER takes a look back at the year that was.…

MAHOMET — It might be time for fireworks and days on the lake, but the fall sports season is right around the corner and expectations are high for many Mahomet-Seymour programs. Football and volleyball both have new coaches, and optimism surrounds both programs. Girls’ and boys’ cross-countr…

MAHOMET — Jon Adkins knows what he’s getting into. The new Mahomet-Seymour football coach is well aware of the challenging schedule M-S has put together. After losing several key starters from last year, the Bulldogs will have to be ready to go from Week 1. A slow start could mean that M-S m…

MAHOMET — A hot but breezy day was busy at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course on Friday, June 28, thanks to participants in the 36th annual Bulldog Open Golf Outing to support Mahomet-Seymour school district athletics programs.

The 2018-19 school year was filled with spectacular performances from many Bulldog athletes. As ISAAC TROTTER continues to look back at the 2018-19 season, here are his top 10 athletes. An added bonus for M-S fans is that four athletes who made the list are going to be back next year with ho…

MAHOMET — Ben Greenberger grew up in a house that was obsessed with St. Louis sports. In the spring and summer, it was the Cardinals. In the fall, the St. Louis Rams were on every Sunday. In the winter, it was the Blues.

MAHOMET — A good argument could be made that Mahomet-Seymour softball didn’t receive the recognition they deserved for an 18-win season. When the Apollo Conference awards were handed out, Aubrie Shore was the only Bulldog honored. But The News-Gazette didn’t forget about the rest of the Bulldogs.

MAHOMET — There were highs and lows throughout the 2018-19 season for Mahomet-Seymour athletics. Despite disappointing seasons from boys’ basketball and football, M-S still managed to have a pretty successful year overall. The boys’ track program continues to be one of the best in the state.…

MAHOMET — Aubrie Shore doesn’t have a lot of time to relax in the summers. The Mahomet-Seymour softball star just finished up her sophomore season, and she’s not taking much time off. When she’s not working out, she’s likely playing all across the country with Premier Fastpitch, a Mattoon-ba…

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour softball saw their season come to a heartbreaking end in the Class 3A regional championship game to a great Charleston team. The Bulldogs finished the season with 18 wins, and the future is incredibly bright as seven starters will return next year.

MAHOMET — A 7-1 loss to Charleston in the Class 3A regional semifinals was a sour way to end a season, but the Mahomet-Seymour baseball team still finished with a respectable 17 wins.

MAHOMET — Another excellent boys’ track and field season concluded for Mahomet-Seymour when the Bulldogs took home third place at the Class 2A state meet. M-S finished second in state in 2018 and with numerous key contributors returning in 2020, the Bulldogs could be in line for yet another trophy.

MAHOMET — Charleston junior ace Emily Price had given up just seven earned runs in the previous 51 innings. The 6-foot-1 lefty had been dominant, striking out more than 100 batters in 90 innings, and her earned run average was a sparkling 2.15.

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.