Garrett Cox. Mahomet-Seymour, Senior, Golf
Recently: Tied for third in the Class 2A state meet with a 151. As a junior, he tied for 19th at state.
In his own words: "The last two years were really great. Winning a (team) state championship and then this year making state individually was a neat experience."
DANVILLE — Optimism and reality don't always go hand-in-hand. For Danville sophomore Johnny Leverenz, they were in perfect harmony at Saturday's Big 12 Conference cross-country meet.
Winning the 3-mile race at Kennekuk Cove County Park would be nice but Leverenz recognized the overwhelming odds.
MONTICELLO — It figures a 3-mile race would be decided by inches. That's what you get in the Okaw Valley Conference.
The Monticello boys won the OVC cross-county title by three points, holding off Unity thanks in large part to a desperation lunge by Andrew Hanselman at the end of Thursday's meet at Lodge Park.
Jonathan Schaap, Mahomet-Seymour, Junior, Cross-country
Recently: Was his team's top finisher as the Bulldogs, up to fourth in the Class 2A rankings, won the 17-school East Peoria Invitational
In his own words: "It's nice to be having success. Hopefully we'll make it to state."
URBANA — Shig Yasunaga, Heidi Harnisch, Jackie Williams, Ella Masar and Melissa Welch will be inducted in the Urbana Hall of Fame during Friday's football game against Decatur Eisenhower.
ROSSVILLE — Lauren Houmes and Jesse Hahne helped to redefine fast in Tuesday's Vermilion Valley Conference cross-country races.
Course records were a given for the individual champions on the first prep cross-country meet at Hubbard Trail Country Club. Not expected was how fast the winners ran 3 miles over a lush course.
This week: Girls' cross-country
SCHOOL (previous) COMMENT
1. Monticello (2) Ranked third in state in Class 1A
2. Mahomet-S. (3) Top four under 19:30 for 3 miles
3. SJ-O (1) Ranked fourth in state in Class 1A
4. Centennial (4) Four seniors near top for Twin City titlists
5. Uni High (6) Of 19 members, 13 are underclassmen
At Centralia. Urbana's NICOLE CHOQUETTE was the show-stopper at the Orphan Invitational, finishing in 19 minutes, 8.8 seconds to win by 30 seconds.
At Metamora Invite. Hannah Wright finished in 19:26 as Champaign Central placed 12th. Jasmine Gray and Jasmine Schreiber also broke 22 minutes.
At Champaign. LIBBY COCAGNE had seven kills and five aces for Centennial in a 25-15, 25-13 win against MacArthur.
At Urbana. JAMIE BLUE and HANNAH JOHLAS each had seven kills and JO ELLEN MACHESKY added 15 digs to lead Urbana University to a 25-20, 25-23 win against Arthur Okaw Christian. JULIANA TRACH contributed 13 assists.