BROADLANDS — Heritage’s Stephanie Sanderson, an All-Area second-team selection as a junior outfielder, will play softball at Kankakee Community College. Sanderson batted .535 (61 for 114) for a 28-4 team. She also stole 33 bases and was fourth in the area in runs (57).
CHRISMAN — One of the state’s winningest boys’ basketball coaches will have a court named in his honor Monday.
Chrisman will dedicate its court for Roger Beals, who won 541 games at the school, prior to Monday’s home varsity game against Tri-County, at about 7 p.m. Beals retired in 1992 with 638 career wins, a total that still ranks 27th on the all-time IHSA list.
RANTOUL — Rantoul is turning to a familiar face to help it get through another unusual transition period in its athletic department.
Rantoul Superintendent Scott Amerio said Friday the school will have Allen Jones Sr. serve as interim athletic director for the second semester of the school year.
CHAMPAIGN — Chris Herren saw himself in Thursday’s crowd.
As the former NBA player spoke at Combes Gym to nearly 2,000 teenagers from throughout central Illinois, he interrupted himself for a brief comment directed at two students sitting in the upper west balcony.
“You can sit tight, or you can bounce,” he said.
RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School operated the second semester of last school year with an interim athletic director.
Could the district find itself in a similar situation again this year? Stay tuned.
First-year AD Joe Bendoraitis, who is also the Eagles’ head football coach, has not been at the high school since Nov. 29.
CHAMPAIGN — Central will seek its sixth consecutive girls’ swimming sectional championship in Saturday’s state-qualifying meet at Unit 4 Pool. Diving starts at 9 a.m. Swimming finals begin at 1 p.m.
One of the Maroons’ top individuals could be senior Katherine Penwell, a two-time sectional champion in the 500-yard freestyle.
In a move that was expected after a town hall meeting Oct. 23 and a special school board meeting last Thursday, Rantoul has decided to leave the Corn Belt Conference and join a revamped Okaw Valley Conference with Maroa-Forsyth, Monticello, St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More and Unity.
DANVILLE — The Vermilion County team sportsmanship awards for the fall season were won by the Oakwood volleyball team and the Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac football team.