News and notes from around the area regarding high school sports.
Honor Roll track update
CHAMPAIGN — Area track and field coaches need to confirm their entries online at Athletic.net for the upcoming News-Gazette Honor Roll track and field meet.
Entries will close at 5 p.m. May 17 for the 33rd annual competition, which will be held May 19 at the UI track. There is no charge for the online registration.
Coaches with questions should contact Centennial’s Greg Walters by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Athletes and relays should only be listed in the events in which they’ll compete.
Entries are accepted only online.
For late changes, a scratch meeting will take place at 4:30 p.m. May 19 near the award’s stand at the UI track. Field events start at 5 p.m.
Have team, need coach
MAHOMET — Applications are being accepted for the vacant boys’ soccer head coaching position at Mahomet-Seymour. Candidates must have — or be able to obtain — proper coaching certification to meet minimum IHSA standards.
Previous coaching experience is required.
Interested applicants should direct all materials to M-S athletic director Matt Hensley by email at email@example.com  or by regular mail at M-S high school, 302 W. State St., Mahomet, IL, 61853.
Danville plans basketball camp
DANVILLE — Ted Houpt, boys’ basketball coach at Danville High School, will conduct a junior basketball summer camp for boys and girls entering grades one through eight in the fall.
The camp, to be held at the high school, is June 23-27 between noon and 3 p.m. The cost is $50 per person.
The focus is on ball handling, conditioning, passing, shooting, defense and team play. Time will be set aside each day for scrimmaging.
Payment should be made to DHS boys’ basketball and mailed to Houpt in care of Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild, Danville, IL, 61832.
Hand it to the Chargers
The Chargers changed more than their running order at the 14-school Urbana Invitational.
“Normally, the first runner runs with the baton in her right hand and the second runner receives it her left hand,” coach Laura Koterba-Buss said.
Dominique Lewis preferred to get the baton in her right hand, so Avona Greene carried it in her left.
“It’s important on the handoffs to get good hand placement,” Lewis said.
Charger camp registration open
CHAMPAIGN — The Centennial boys’ basketball program and coach Tim Lavin will host a basketball skills summer camp June 9-12.
The camp is for boys entering seventh, eighth or ninth grades for the 2014-2015 school year.
The cost is $40 ($20 for free- and reduced-price-lunch students).
The fee includes instruction from the Centennial staff and a T-shirt.
The camp will include fundamental drills to help improve dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding, defensive fundamentals and teamwork.
There will be time at the end of each session from Monday through Thursday for competitive game play. Players of all skill levels are welcome.
Registration forms are available in the Centennial athletic director’s office or by going to www.centennialathletics.org .
Additional questions can be directed to Lavin or Centennial AD Brian Easter at 217-351-3988 during school hours.
Cabutti picks college
CHAMPAIGN — Sophomore Emma Cabutti, a Mahomet-Seymour graduate who played volleyball at Parkland College the past two years, will continue her career at Webster University in St. Louis.
A two-time All-Area first-teamer, Cabutti was a member of the Cobras’ 2013 NJCAA national runner-up team.
Saber joins Parkland
CHAMPAIGN — Senior Austin Tabeling, from St. Thomas More, has signed a letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Parkland College.
He is among eight area athletes who will join the Cobras. Others include Mahomet-Seymour’s Cully Day, Urbana’s Conner Gremer, Cerro Gordo/Bement’s Connor Gross, Salt Fork’s Ross Learnard, Monticello’s Nick Stokowski, Urbana’s Tanner Russell and Salt Fork’s Cole Taylor.
Tabeling has an area-best seven pitching wins and a 1.51 earned run average.
Bulldog picks Parkland
MAHOMET — Senior Jessica Hammack, from Mahomet-Seymour, has given a verbal commitment to continue her softball career at Parkland College.
Hammack is batting .358 (21 for 67) and has two home runs, 12 RBI and seven stolen bases.
Sullivan signs with Joliet
CHAMPAIGN — Senior Sean Sullivan, from St. Thomas More, has signed a letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Joliet Junior College.
He is batting .355 (27 for 76) for the 18-5 Sabers.
Area teams maintain rankings
Softball teams from Salt Fork and Monticello are ranked seventh in their respective classes in this week’s state polls released by the Illinois Coaches Association.
Salt Fork is one of three area schools receiving recognition in Class 1A.
LeRoy is 16th and Fisher is tied for 20th.
In 2A, Monticello is joined by No. 15 St. Joseph-Ogden.
Both Tuscola and Clinton are listed in the honorable mention grouping.
Outstepping the competition
Mahomet-Seymour’s Lauren Whitehouse was the runaway winner in the 3,200 meters at last week’s Urbana Invitational.
Her time was 11 minutes,
Her margin of victory was more than 15 1/2 seconds.
To keep herself going, she said, “I can count steps I’ve taken on a lap.”
The 1,600 meters, another distance where she excels, “is almost a four-lap sprint,” but she prefers the eight-lap event.
“You can get a steady pace,” Whitehouse said.
Area kids on campus ...
— Freshman Chad Hensley, from Rantoul, had three top-five finishes for Aurora University in the Big Blue meet at Decatur.
His toss of 47 feet, 2 1/2 inches was good for second place in the shot put. His hammer throw of 126-3 3/4 and discus toss of 117-2 were good for third and fourth, respectively.
— Junior Jesse Brucker, from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, has started 24 of 26 games he has played for Monmouth College (16-18) and is the team’s top hitter.
His .333 average includes 26 hits in 78 at-bats.
Teammate Nic Stevens, a freshman from LeRoy, has started 15 of the 22 baseball games in which he has played.
His .317 batting average (19 for 60) is third on the team.
Another teammate, Alex Kemmer, a junior from GCMS, has started 18 games for Monmouth and is batting .280 (14-for-50).
— Freshman Luke Vaughn, from Centennial, placed second for the University of Memphis in the discus (170-11) in the inaugural American Athletic Conference meet.
— Freshman Cirron Clark, from Danville, was a double winner for Illinois State in the school’s Redbird Invitational. He cleared 15-11 to win the pole vault and won the triple jump (43-73/4).
— Junior McKenzie White, from Urbana, placed third for Southern Illinois in the 400 hurdles at ISU’s Redbird meet. Her time was 1:04.02. Teammate Lauren Houmes, a sophomore from Hoopeston Area, was the 5,000-meter runner-up (18:03.52).