Troy Gentle

Troy Gentle

Rachel Fuller | A story that will stay with you

By RACHEL FULLER

Elizabeth Acevedo's bestselling young adult novel "The Poet X" follows Xiomara Batista, a young girl in Harlem who feels unheard but is yearning to develop her own voice. Her voice, she finds, can be hard to share while also living with(in) the expectations of family.

Where are they now? 1993 All-Area football team

Contributor TROY GENTLE took a look back at The News-Gazette's 1993 All-Area football first team for our 2018 prep football special section:

2018 prep football preview: Ex-area athletes in college

Contributor TROY GENTLE compiled a list of former area athletes currently competing in college football for our 2018 prep football special section:

Ex-Illini, ex-area players in pro baseball: July 31, 2018

MAJOR LEAGUES

OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Ex-area standouts in pro baseball: July 17, 2018

MAJOR LEAGUES

OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Kiermaier went 9 for 33 last week with a home run against Detroit on Wednesday to go with six RBI. He also threw out a runner at home and managed not to get hurt during two bench-clearing brawls against the Twins on Sunday.

RHP Tanner Roark, ex-Illini, Nationals

Catching up with ex-area standouts in pro baseball

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with former area standouts playing in pro baseball:

MAJOR LEAGUES

OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

On campus: May 29, 2018

Senior Karly Goodman, from Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond, earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in LaCrosse, Wis. Goodman set Illinois Wesleyan program records with a second-place finish in the javelin at 144 feet, 1 / 2 inch and an eighth-place finish in the shot put at 45-1.

On campus, May 8, 2018

— Sophomore Tanner Gordon, from Champaign Central, was named the NJCAA Division I Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 16-22. Pitching for John A. Logan College, Gordon set a program record when he struck out 19 batters in a complete game shutout of Olney Community College.

On campus, April 28, 2018

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area high school standouts now excelling in college:

On campus, April 14, 2018

Senior Luke Vaughn, from Centennial, set the Memphis men's track & field program record in the discus at the Crimson Tide Invitational last week. On his third attempt, Vaughn broke the 15-year-old school record with a throw of 200 feet, 2 inches.