Fred Kroner's prep sports chat: 12:30 p.m. Thursday

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 12:30pm

Talk to News-Gazette prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:29 PM on Thu, 05/12/2011

It's that time of the week again, so lets get things rolling. Here we go to the questions. Thanks in advance to all who participate. I appreciate it.

Charlie Brown from Champaign, IL — 12:30 PM on Thu, 05/12/2011

Mr. Kroner - Have you noticed the increase in freshmen playing large parts for numerous high school baseball teams throughout the area? Have you thought about doing an article on these players and the travel baseball teams that are beginning to improve local high school baseball?

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:37 PM on Thu, 05/12/2011

Hi Charlie. The local and area freshmen making an impact provides an indication of what we can expect for the overall caliber of baseball in our area the next few years. As more age-group travel teams compete, some starting their seasons in early April, that improvement will continue to escalate. It

Steve from Ogden, Illinois — 12:37 PM on Thu, 05/12/2011

Fred Noticed in the Vermilion County track meet wrap up there were no pole vault results. Have they dropped that event and if so why? Does Ron Presswood from Oakwood still hold the county rec ord?

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:42 PM on Thu, 05/12/2011

Hi Steve. For a variety of reasons, mostly I think related to liability, many small schools have dropped the pole vault. To my knowledge, there

Kathie Luth from Broadlands, IL — 12:42 PM on Thu, 05/12/2011

It seems like you have been overlooking some area college athletes. Hanna Mennenga (Rantoul HS, Rantoul) and Heather Luth (Heritage HS, Broadlands)both play for Heartland Community College in Bloomington. Heartland is ranked 6th in the nation for Division II. Heartland just won their conference and then went on to win the Region 24 Championship. Hanna received the MVP award for the tournament. Hanna is ranked #2 for strikeouts (1.64 SO/INN). Heather is ranked #17 for Homeruns (11) and #16 for RBI's (60).

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:47 PM on Thu, 05/12/2011

Hi Kathie. Actually, they haven

Tom Egelston from Urbana, IL — 12:47 PM on Thu, 05/12/2011

Fred,Glad to see Jim Rossow's Sports comment Another sign that Urbana is on the way back in football:Six Seniors will announce their college choices Friday at the school.The group includes Eric Jamerson Jr.(Aurora),Mark Lillard-Hite (St.Ambrose),Elijah Grant (St.Ambrose),Kolton Williford (Olivet Nazarene),Kameron Fry (Olivet Nazarene)and Devin Butler(Illinois State).Head Coach Nathan Watson and his Staff have done a great job to see that these kids go on to the next level in their education and sport of football.In the near future you will see even more changes that will continue to improve Sports Programs at all levels in Urbana.

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 12:55 PM on Thu, 05/12/2011

Hi Tom. Six players continuing on in football from any school is an impressive total. Out of curiourisity, I checked our preseason football section from last August to see what schools had the most athletes listed as playing the sport in college. Here

Fred Kroner (moderator) — 01:00 PM on Thu, 05/12/2011

That's a wrap for this week. We'll be away next week, covering the girls' Class 1A portion of the state track and field meet, in Charleston and unavailable for questions. Save them up! We'll be back later in the month. Best wishes to all.