News & notes from around the area
Monticello fishermen excel
CLINTON — Three entries from Monticello placed among the top six in a field of 51 at Saturday's fourth annual Argenta-Oreana Bombers Invitational Bass Tournament at Clinton Lake.
The two-person team of Lake Clifton and Tanner VanDalsen were second, weighing in six fish for a total of 18 pounds, 15 ounces. The winning team came in at 19 pounds, 15 ounces.The Monticello entry of Kyle Smith and Dylan Knisley finished fourth at 16 pounds, 13 ounces. They won the award for the biggest bass caught, 6 pounds, 10 ounces. A third Monticello entry, Cole Cary and Dan Bruce, placed sixth with a combined catch of 11 pounds, 5 ounces.The only other area among the top 10 were A-O teammates Jeffry Parker and Cameron Hupp, 10th with fish totaling 10 pounds, nine ounces.
LeRoy, Centennial and Champaign Central were among the other competing area schools.
Ex-Charger moving on
MATTOON — Devin Carter, a Centennial graduate who was the Freshman of the Year in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference, has committed to Kent State. As an academic qualifier out of high school, Carter will have three years of eligibility, starting this fall.
Carter was the scoring leader in the GRAC this season, averaging 17.5 points per game for a 19-12 team. He started 27 of the 28 games he played at Lake Land and averaged 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
The 6-foot-4 guard was an All-Area first-teamer as a senior at Centennial, averaging 15.5 points.
Lake Land coach Cedric Brown said he was pleased to have had the chance to coach Carter, an all-Region first-team selection.
"If Devin had gotten the recruitment out of high school, I wouldn't have been able to have him for a year," Brown said. "This is great for both parties. It's great for Lake Land men's basketball because it continues a tradition from the last several years of getting kids to that next level.
"Devin was really good at attacking the defense, getting to the rim and finishing. The best thing he brough us was his playmaking ability and the ability to score."
Ex-Illinek wins national title
Former Urbana Uni High athlete Michelle Mehnert was the women's winner last week in the Olympic-distance USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships at Tempe, Ariz.
A graduate student at the University of Colorado — and a former UI swimmer — Mehnert was triumphant in a field of 410 women. The event featured a 1,500-meter swim, a 40K bike and a 10K run. She won by more than a minute, finishing in 2 hours, 1 minute, 13 seconds. The runner-up was at 2:02.28.
Mehnert was in second place after the swimming part of the event but took the lead for good by the 20-kilometer mark of the bike ride.
As a cross-country runner at Uni High, Mehnert placed seventh and third at state the two years she ran for the Illineks.
Oakwood in search of AD
FITHIAN — Tim Lee will still find himself involved at Oakwood next school year. Just in a different role.
The athletic director for the last nine years and head cross-country coach the last eight seasons will likely give up those duties since he will become the new principal at Oakwood for the 2013-14 school year.
Lee was approved as the new principal at a school board meeting last Tuesday, and he said his contract is expected to be voted on at tonight's Oakwood school board meeting.
"I love sports," Lee said. "The cross-country coaching is a big deal for me. I'll be sad to give it up."
Oakwood superintendent Karen Perry will discuss with Lee on how to proceed in the AD search.
"The person who takes the position will have some very large shoes to fill," Perry said. "Fortunately they will be located close together so that Mr. Lee will be able to assist the new person."
Three in a row for Mennenga
CHARLESTON — For the third week in a row, junior Hanna Mennenga, from Rantoul, has been selected as Pitcher of the Week in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eastern Illinois right-hander has won the award five times.
She was 3-0 last week with 31 strikeouts in 21 innings, including 12 in a win against Illinois at Eichelberger Field. Batters hit .113 against Mennenga in four appearances last week.
Mennenga, who has a 19-4 record, ranks fifth among all NCAA pitchers in strikeouts (237) and needs 13 to shatter EIU's single-season record.
Reisinger strong for ONU
LISLE — Senior Joe Reisinger, from Georgetown-Ridge Farm, placed second for Olivet Nazarene in both the shot put (52-61/2) and the discus (153-7) at last weekend's Benedictine Eagle Invitational, in Lisle. ONU teammate Caleb Parsons, a freshman from Watseka, was fifth in the 400 hurdles (58.13). Parsons also ran on the seventh-place 1,600 relay (3:29.55).
Senior Nick Blakey, from St. Joseph-Ogden, placed seventh for Carthage College in the 400 hurdles (58.88).
Freshman Alex Kemp, from Tuscola, was ninth in the 200 meters (22.44) and Millikin teammate Jesse Daily, a freshman from Arthur-Lovington, tied for ninth in the high jump (5-103/4).
Sophomore Nick Cole, from Rantoul, ran third in the 3,000 steeplechase for Aurora (9:59.61).
In the women's meet, former Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley athlete Jordyn Nettleton, a freshman at ONU, was fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:07.68).Freshman Sarah Oprondek, from Prairie Central, was fifth in the pole vault (8-93/4) and tied for 10th in the high jump (4-9) for Benedictine.
Romshek leads Redbirds
NORMAL — Freshman Regan Romshek, from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, has a 7-9 pitching record and 3.97 ERA for Illinois State and has struck out a team-high 67 batters. Romshek has pitched 982/3 innings and has issued 26 walks. She has pitched in 20 games, starting 16. Offensively, Romshek has appeared in 17 games, starting 12 as a hitter. She is batting .256 with 10 hits in 39 at-bats.
Senior outfielder Lauren Kellar, from Ridgeview, has started every game for a 21-17 team and ranks third in batting with a .318 average.
Ex-Eagle helps Northwestern
ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Sophomore Adrianne Bishop, from Rantoul, won the hammer throw (131-5) for Northwestern College in last week's Sioux City (Iowa) Relays.