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On campus: Ex-area athletes star for UI track and field

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts excelling in college

After 5-year wait, SJ-O product dominates men's 5K

CHAMPAIGN — As an eighth-grader at St. Joseph-Ogden Middle School in 2012, Brennan Guido knew he wouldn't be able to run the Presence Health Illinois 5K for another five years.

High school track season, after all, would get in the way.

Still, he set a plateau for the next time he ran the race.

On campus: Roebuck, Ward honored in basketball

— The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and NJCAA Region IV Men's Basketball Committee have recognized Waubonsee Valley Community College sophomores Germaine Roebuck and Deon Ward for outstanding play. Roebuck, from Champaign Central, was named to the All-ISCC first team, All-Region first team and Region IV District 4B all-tournament team.

On campus: Hoyer moves up all-time field list

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts excelling in college

Prep notes: Rantoul honoring former coach Quinlan

RANTOUL — On March 13, Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio and the board of education were set to make a special announcement at that night's school board meeting. But they wanted it to be a surprise.

When Amerio created the meeting's minutes, he purposely left an important piece of information off board member Roger Quinlan's sheet of paper.

On campus: Canfield third on Arkansas hits list

Already the program leader with 15 career triples, redshirt senior Stephanie Canfield, from St. Joseph-Ogden, recently took sole possession of third place on the University of Arkansas softball's all-time hits list.

On campus: Portwood nets hoops recognition

Sophomore Alex Portwood, from Milford, was named to the All-Region 24 men's basketball team. The Lincoln Land team MVP also earned a first-team selection on the Mid-West Athletic Conference team. Portwood led the 14-18 Loggers at 11.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and a 86.9 free throw percentage. In his two seasons at Lincoln Land, he amassed more than 600 points and 200 rebounds.

Beesley, Cobras close with fifth-place victory

DANVILLE — Luke Beesley thought he was going to play baseball and skip basketball season before Parkland men’s basketball coach Anthony Figueroa talked to him last summer after graduating from Champaign Central.

Terrion Howard also thought his basketball career might be done, as coaches weren’t talking to the 5-foot-4 Centennial grad. That is, until Figueroa corralled him.

Lindemann’s squad finishes in 8th place

HARRISON, Ark. — The Parkland women’s basketball team can be pleased that it didn’t pay heed to the final national polls.

The Cobras were ranked 16th.

Coach Mike Lindemann’s team finished eighth on Saturday afternoon at the NJCAA Division II tournament, dropping an 80-73 decision to Guilford Tech (N.C.).

Cobras hold on, will play for seventh today

HARRISON, Ark. — A win in the final game of a season doesn’t happen often for any basketball team.

The Parkland women’s basketball team will get the opportunity to do just that after the Cobras outlasted Mesa (Ariz.) Community College 66-57 in a consolation semifinal game on Friday afternoon at the NJCAA Division II national tournament.