Parkland adds to recruiting class
CHAMPAIGN - Parkland College women's basketball coach Karrie Redeker has added to her recruiting class, which already included All-Area Player of the Year Hannah Ohl of Bismarck-Henning and Lauren Taylor of Sullivan.
Decatur MacArthur's 5-foot-6 point guard Tenia Singleton signed a letter of intent, as has 6-3 center Nichole Schabbing of Teutopolis.
In addition, Eureka native Chelsea Prosser - who played last year at the University of Missouri-St. Louis - announced she will transfer. As a freshman at UMSL, Prosser averaged 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 points for a 7-21 team, playing in 20 games and starting one.
Redeker is hoping to sign three more players.
Ex-Maroon off to juco power
SOUTH HOLLAND - Former Champaign Central basketball player Jordan Walker signed a national letter of intent with junior college power Midland (Texas) College. The Chaparalls are two-time national champions - most recently in 2007 - and finished second in this year's Division I tournament. Midland has made nine national tournament appearances.
Walker, who started for the Maroons' varsity as a sophomore, helped lead South Holland Seton Academy to a 31-2 record and the IHSA Class 2A state title this season. The senior forward scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in an 83-63 championship victory against Massac County Metropolis.
"I really love this campus, the coaches and academic program," Walker wrote in an e-mail to The News-Gazette. "I look forward to continuing the Midland tradition of excellence competing for a national championship, graduating, and moving on to a high major Division I program in two years."
Sullivan star picks Lincoln Land
SULLIVAN - Senior Tyler Frerichs of Sullivan signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Lincoln Land Community College. The shortstop is batting .643 for the Redskins (5-0).
Ex-Charger set to transfer
MATTOON - Former Centennial athlete Layton Seeber has transferred from Spoon River to Lake Land Community College, where he will play basketball next season. This season, he played in 11 games for Spoon River (3-22) and averaged 6.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals.
M-S athlete picks ICC
MAHOMET - Senior Melissa Bolliger signed a letter of intent Monday to continue her basketball career at Illinois Central College. The school has won six Division II national titles in basketball during the past 15 years.
A two-year letter winner with the Bulldogs, as a senior Bolliger received the PRIDE award for exemplifying the traits of performance, responsibility, integrity, determination and enthusiasm. She was also voted "best teammate."
The 6-1 Bolliger averaged 3.9 rebounds (third on the team) and 3.0 points per game for M-S last season. She will major in pre-pharmacy.
SJ-O superintendent takes third
ST. JOSEPH - Jim Acklin, the St. Joseph-Ogden superintendent, placed third in the men's 5K race at last weekend's Illinois Marathon in Champaign-Urbana. His time was 17 minutes, 46 seconds. That race was won by a former Spartan runner, Patrick Ford, in 17:05.
Illinois recruit struts his stuff
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Already, Tyler Griffey is trying to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
He's trying to prove that, see, Illinois and Indiana can get along.
The UI basketball recruit had 10 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Classic. A pair of Indiana signees - Christian Watford and Maurice Creek - stole the show with 47 combined points before 13,111 at Freedom Hall.
"I've known Christian for three, four years now. We've been roommates with the adidas Nations thing," Griffey told The Courier-Journal after the all-star game. "I just met the other guys. They're all great, great guys. They're great ballplayers, great guys off the court. I've enjoyed just hanging out with them. It's going to be a fun time playing against them twice a year for the next four years."
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