Troy Gentle

Troy Gentle

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


OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

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


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:


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.

On campus, March 31, 2018

Redshirt junior Johnny Leverenz, from Danville, was named the Big East's men's track athlete of the week after his performance at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational. The Butler middle distance runner posted wins in both the 800 and 1,500 meters, setting personal bests in the process.

On campus, March 24, 2018

The Danville Area Community College spring sports programs both feature several athletes that are off to good starts to their seasons.

On campus, March 17, 2018

— Redshirt senior Darren Wynn, from Centennial, fell just short of his second national title at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships last week. The McKendree grappler came into the championships as the top seed at 141 pounds after going undefeated during the regular season. Wynn won two decisions and scored a pinfall on his way to the finals where he fell 4-2.