Athletes of the Week

Cameron Ford, Danville, Senior, Track

Recently: Was a two-event winner in the Big 12 Conference meet, winning the shot put and discus and helping the Vikings finish in second place.

Quote: "This is my third year to win discus, and I wanted to win shot in my career."

If I could go anywhere, it would be ... Africa.

Thoughts on graduation ... Happy to have a new start

My most memorable moment in athletics is ... catching the game-winning TD against Normal Community.

Dream job ... Math teacher

People don't know that ... I like to write.

My role model is ... my grandfather Stringfellow.

Summer vacation plans ... Go to Summerfest in Milwaukee

The best thing about my sport is ... the pressure of having to rely on yourself.

Favorite book ... "Quiet Strength," by Tony Dungy

Honorable mention: Stephan Birt, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley baseball; Mauricio Gonzalez, Centennial tennis; LaQuan Grein, Urbana baseball; TeJuan Jackson, Danville track and field; Zach Johnson, St. Thomas More baseball; Joel Learnard, Salt Fork baseball; Cameron Lee, Oakwood baseball; Jared Lyons, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Sam Mate, Champaign Central track and field; Dylan Overstreet, Paxton-Buckley-Loda baseball; Jack Plunk, Blue Ridge baseball; Emmanuel Richter-Shea, Centennial track and field; Ashish Patel, Danville tennis

Hanna Mennenga, Rantoul, Senior, Softball

Recently: Last week she went 6-0 with a 1.00 ERA, getting 87 of the 119 outs by strikeout. In her last three games, threw a one-hit shutout against Bishop McNamara, a no-hitter against Paris and a one-hitter against Unity.

Quote: "I think I am starting to throw like I did at the end of last season."

Thoughts on graduation ... Excited but I will miss high school a lot

If I could go anywhere, it would be ... Australia.

My most memorable moment in athletics is ... winning last year's regionals.

Dream date ... Channing Tatum

My favorite athlete is ... Michael Jordan.

People don't know that I ... like to sleep a lot.

Summer plans ... Practice pitching

The best thing about my sport is ... striking hitters out.

Honorable mention: Erika Belmont, Urbana Uni High soccer; Stevi Brinkley, Arcola track and field; Kayla Bryant, Westville softball; Stephanie Canfield, St. Joseph-Ogden softball; Sarah Foran, Monticello softball; Dani Gooch, Unity track and field; Rachael Graham, St. Joseph-Ogden track and field; Allison Gwinup, Mahomet-Seymour softball; Meghan Houk, Urbana track and field; Daniele Hoult, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman track and field; Emma Peck, Danville soccer; Emilee Seevers, Monticello track and field; Mariah Skaggs, Schlarman softball

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