Athletes of the Week: Stokowski, Ballard

Athletes of the Week: Stokowski, Ballard

Nick Stokowski

Monticello, baseball

Sophomore

Recently: Homered in back-to-back games, driving in nine runs in those games, and then combined with Austin Reed on a one-hitter in the Sages' third win in a 3-0 week.

In his own words: "I think we can go as far as we want. When our pitching is on and we field balls and our offense is on, I don't think there's a team that can beat us."

I'm driving ... a Prius

I'm dying to see ... a Clint Eastwood movie

I need concert tickets to ... I just saw Van Halen up in Chicago

My first job ... working on my Grandpa's farm in Newman

In five years ... I want to be doing something with sports, hopefully playing baseball

Cubs or Cardinals? Definitely Cubs

Is this the year? Probably not, but I hope so. I like the young talent we're bringing in

My longest home run ... probably about 405. It was an inside the park (home run) to deep center

Fastest fastball ... I got clocked at 88 this year

Monticello High is ... its baseball program is up-and-coming

Honorable mention: Alex Arteaga, St. Joseph-Ogden track and field; Jordan Glad, Paxton-Buckley-Loda baseball; Dillon Hoel, Tuscola baseball; Micah Johnson, Unity track and field; Marty Mennenga, Rantoul baseball; Kyle Negangard, Unity baseball; Josh Robinson, Danville track and field; Andrew Skaggs, Centennial tennis; Steve Schroeder, Monticello track and field; Michael Thompson, Urbana baseball; Pierre Tuell, St. Thomas More track and field; Samuel Wampler, Champaign Central tennis; Ryley Ward, Milford baseball

Rachel Ballard

St. Joseph-Ogden, track

Senior

Recently: Was a three-event winner in the 16-school Unity Invitational. She won the 200 meters with an area-best time (25.49 seconds) and also won the long jump and triple jump.

In her own words: "I put in a lot of work over the years and it's paying off now."

I'm driving ... I don't have a car. A share one with my mom

I'm texting ... I don't have texting

I'm dying to see ... "The Hunger Games" again

My first job ... I counted parts for Altorfer Inc. in Urbana

In five years ... I want to be working at a hospital

I'm going to college ... at the University of Iowa. I plan on running

I'm winning the Illinois Marathon in ... never. I hate running long distances

My favorite athlete ... Usain Bolt

St. Joseph-Ogden High is ... awesome

Honorable mention: Kaiti Bowen, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley softball; Kalli Gosser, Fisher softball; Olivia Heffernan, Fisher track and field; Amber Miller, Tuscola softball; Jordyn Nettleton, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley track and field; Paige Neuhauser, Sullivan/Okaw Valley track and field; Sarah Oprondek, Prairie Central track and field; Abigail Radnitzer, Urbana Uni High soccer; Emma Reinbold, Monticello soccer; Alex Stupek, Argenta-Oreana softball; Alie Tarrant, Mahomet-Seymour softball; Michaela Ward, St. Thomas More soccer; Kaitie Wildman, South Piatt softball