Why: Guided the Sages to a third-place finish in the Class 1A state track and field meet. The school's first state trophy in the sport completed a bookend performance by the Sages. In the fall, Butler's boys' cross-country team also placed third at state.
N-G Top 10: Girls' track and field
SCHOOL (previous) COMMENT
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (1) State runner-up in Class 1A
2. St. Joseph-Ogden (3) Third at state in Class 1A
3. Centennial (—) Tied for 11th at state in Class 2A
4. Sullivan/Okaw Valley (6) Tied for fourth at state in Class 1A
NAME SCHOOL YEAR
Emily Allhands Watseka Fr.
Becca Anderson Clinton Fr.
Anna Auten Monticello Fr.
LaToya Baille Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Jr.
Makenzie Baker Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac Sr.
Rachel Ballard St. Joseph-Ogden Sr.
Mary Bass Bismarck-Henning Fr.
Chelsea Blaase St. Joseph-Ogden Sr.
Kandie Bloch Argenta-Oreana Jr.
Erica Kostoff, GCMS
Why: Directed GCMS to a second-place team finish in the Class 1A IHSA girls' track and field state meet thanks to scoring points in seven events. The Falcons had state champions in three of the events.
GIBSON CITY — Sydni Meunier's training regimen provides ample food for thought.
A two-event individual state champion for two consecutive years, the recent Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley graduate made sure her body was prepared for the gruelling grind of competitive running.
"If you put good in, you get good out," Meunier said.
Eight from area in Shrine game
BLOOMINGTON — The 37-player East roster for the annual Shrine all-star high school football game features eight former area athletes.
N-G Top 10
This week: Boys' track and field
TEAM (previous): COMMENT
1. Monticello (5): Sectional champs third in Class 1A state
2. St. Joseph-Ogden (6): Sectional runner-up fourth in Class 1A state
3. Villa Grove (7): Sectional third-place team fifth in Class 1A state
4. Mahomet-Seymour (1): Sectional champs tied for 22nd in Class 2A state
CHARLESTON — Under different circumstances, Monticello's Steve Schroeder might have been upset with himself for not breaking the Class 1A record in the 3,200-meter run at the IHSA state finals.
But on Saturday, Schroeder was all about getting wins and accumulating points for his team.
He held up his end.
CHARLESTON — Among the other athletes throwing the shot put and the discus, Ryan Pearce doesn't pass the eye test. He's about 5-foot-10, 180 pounds and usually the smallest guy competing.
Lucky for the Villa Grove junior, awards aren't handed out for size. Pearce threw the shot put 57 feet, 0.5 inch to finish second in that event and later won the discus with a heave of 166-11.