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ST. JOSEPH – If coach Dick Duval asked, Will Lindsey would carry the ball 30, maybe even 40 times a game.
But with the success St. Joseph-Ogden has had in the passing game this season, the senior tailback doesn't have to worry about having his number called so often.
URBANA – Every story has a beginning, and this one starts with a concerned mom and dad wanting to do the right thing for their child.
"My parents wanted me to learn to swim for safety," Anne Danenhower said.
CHAMPAIGN – On the piano, Centennial senior Jonathan Hinds is sufficiently well-versed to play "Sonata in G" by Chopin.
The question, however, is whether Hinds plays it with a smile on his face. Everything else he does – or so it seems – comes with a grin.
ARCOLA – Arcola coach Jarod Kiger has his starting defense on the field at a practice. He's got a scout team lined up on the other side simulating the plays the Purple Riders' quarterfinal opponent, Greenfield-Northwestern, will run Saturday.
He instructs everyone, on both sides of the ball, to go half speed to see the plays develop.
WESTVILLE – You might say that Dusty Zaayer likes to make an impact.
That's why the Westville junior enjoys competing in demolition derbies.
TUSCOLA – Tyler Carter always has stood out.
Since the Tuscola senior was a little guy, his bushy red hair and freckled face have drawn attention. It's noticeable from yards away.
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial tailback Mikel Leshoure, a 2006 News-Gazette All-Stater, has made a commitment to join the Illinois football team.
Leshoure made it official Tuesday, visiting with the Illinois coaches at practice. In the Varsity Room parking lot, Leshoure said he decided to make his decision now and not take any other visits.
Four area teams are left. How many will survive the third weekend of the IHSA football playoffs? Staff writer Marcus Jackson takes a look:
Each Sunday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review Saturday's playoff action:
PEORIA – John Overstreet already was plenty pleased immediately after the race.
With two all-staters in the Class 1A boys' cross-country state meet Saturday, his team had left its mark at Detweiller Park.