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Prep notebook: Unity may add trapshooting, Schultz to be inducted into Hall of Fame

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 27, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Nov. 28, 2017 12:00 am

Unity High School may be adding another school-sponsored sport.

In a board meeting last week, a proposal introduced by Jim Fuhrman for the establishment of a trapshooting program was approved 5-0. The approval is contingent of obtaining a grant or private funding.

Fuhrman said at the meeting he was confident he could obtain necessary funding to put in a facility at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

If a team is fielded, participants will be required to take a gun safety course and coaches would have to be National Rifle Association certified shotgun instructors.

Pittsfield's Schultz to be inducted in Hall of Fame

Veteran Pittsfield baseball coach John Schultz will be inducted into the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January.

In 26 seasons with the Saukees, Schultz's teams have won 534 games and four regional titles.

Schultz will be inducted at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel Jan. 20.

Two named to News-Gazette all-state team

Two area football players were named to the Champaign News-Gazette's All-State Football team last week.

Quincy Notre Dame senior linebacker Jackson Connell was listed. Connell rushed for 665 yards and had 94 tackles to help the Raiders get back to the Class 4A playoffs this fall.

Central running back Cole Williams also was named. The senior rushed for a team-high 1,146 yards and 13 touchdowns as the Panthers advanced to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.

Both players were listed on the Special Mention 100.

Preseason wrestling rankings released

The Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association recently released its preseason rankings, and several area grapplers are named.

In Class 1A, Quincy Notre Dame's Zach Haley is ranked third at 145 pounds behind Orion's James Schnerre and Murphysboro's Ryan Chambers.

At 132 pounds, West Hancock's Brett Hammel is third behind Belleville Althoff's Chase Bittle and Stillman Valley's Jared Van Vleet. Pittsfield's Joel Cook is sixth at 160 pounds.

Quincy High School's Matt Peters (138 pounds), Hunter Yohn (160 pounds) and Matthew Dade (285 pounds) all received honorable mention in the Class 3A rankings.

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