Athletes of the Week: Krout and Smith
Stephen Krout, Bismarck-Henning, Baseball, Senior
Recently: Three-sport standout — and big-time Cardinals fan — went 15 for 24 and drove in 12 runs in a six-game, seven-day stretch that ended Friday.
In his own words: "I'm seeing the ball really well. You have cold stretches and hot stretches, and I'm in the middle of a hot stretch."
I'm driving ... a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
I'm always texting ... Kelsea, my girlfriend.
Are the Cardinals going to repeat? Definitely.
Are you rooting for Albert Pujols? No. He left us. He's gone.
I'm dying to see ... "American Reunion."
I need concert tickets to ... Drake.
My first job ... was working on one of my dad's friend's farm, baling hay.
In five years ... hopefully I'll be finishing up college with a pharmacy degree.
My longest home run ... Probably 340. I don't hit a lot of home runs — I'm more of a line-drive hitter.
The best thing about B-H is ... Because of the size, just knowing everybody. And the teachers are great.
Honorable mention: Austin Aten, Champaign Central tennis; Cord Church, Rantoul baseball; Cirron Clark, Danville track and field; Chance Lemmon, East Central baseball; Cale McCormick, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Brock Myers, Watseka baseball; Drake Peratt, Centennial baseball; Micah Plank, Sullivan baseball; Jimmy Quinn, Paxton-Buckley-Loda baseball; Sunny Singh, Centennial tennis; Michael Thompson, Urbana baseball; Kaleb Weaver, Salt Fork track and field; Hayden Young, Paxton-Buckley-Loda track and field
Hilary Smith, Heritage, Softball, Senior
Recently: Went 5-0 (including a no-hitter) in a seven-day stretch ending Friday. For the five games overall, she allowed one earned run, 11 hits and struck out 51, including at least nine in all five games. At the plate, she was 7 for 16.
In her own words: "We came off a tourney at Catlin where we beat a team (Salt Fork) we had lost to earlier. We won a conference game Wednesday 1-0 against Arthur-Lovington, which was our most exciting win. We want to win conference for the fourth year in a row."
I'm driving ... a Nissan Ultima Coupe.
I'm always texting ... my boyfriend, John.
I'm dying to see ... "The Lucky One."
I need concert tickets to ... Lady Gaga.
My first job ... Babysitting
In five years ... Living in a big city as an accountant
If I pitched against UI's Meredith Hackett, I would ... throw some changeups and keep it low.
My best pitch ... Rise ball
The best thing about Heritage High ... How well you get to know all your classmates
Honorable mention: Abby Barth, Westville softball; Brooke Chilton, Unity softball; Nicole Choquette, Urbana track and field; Mara Dolan, Urbana Uni High soccer; Sarah Foran. Monticello softball; Laura Horvat, Champaign Central soccer; Kayln Learnard, Salt Fork softball; Louisette Lukusa, St. Thomas More soccer; Jessica Roberts, Mahomet-Seymour softball; Courtney Stamm, Centennial softball; Erin Walker, Tuscola softball; Audrey White, Centennial track and field; Melinda Wilson, Blue Ridge softball