N-G Athletes of the Week: Hedrick, Hoel

Athletes of the Week

Jamie Hedrick

Rantoul, Softball

Senior

Recently: Staff ace passed the 200-strikeout mark for the season, helping the Eagles win a regional championship with complete-game efforts against Centennial and Mahomet-Seymour. During the team's stretch run, her ERA is about 1.00.

In her own words: "All of us were ready to get graduation over with (on Friday night) and get to our game Saturday. It was a great way for us seniors to go out."

I'm always texting ... my boyfriend, Seth

I'm driving ... a Pontiac G6

I'm dying to see ... "Chernobyl Diaries"

I need concert tickets to ... Brantley Gilbert

In five years ... I hope I'm finishing college and looking for my job

My first job ... a lifeguard at the Rantoul pool

My go-to pitch is ... the dropball

My fastest fastball is ... I'd say high 50s

My favorite athlete is ... Cat Osterman

Next year ... I'm going to Parkland to study graphic design

Rantoul High was ... memorable

Honorable mention: Sadie Adkins, Rantoul softball; Stephanie Canfield, St. Joseph-Ogden softball; Carson Church, Rantoul softball; Kelsey Cleland, Tuscola softball; Carman Comerford, Tuscola softball; Elizabeth Everingham, St. Joseph-Ogden softball; Haley Hollern, Centennial soccer; Abby Immke, St. Joseph-Ogden softball; Katelynn Martinez, Centennial soccer; Amber Miller, Tuscola softball; Morgan Paintner, Mahomet-Seymour soccer; Annie Regan, Centennial soccer; Erin Walker, Tuscola softball

Dillon Hoel

Tuscola, Baseball

Senior

Recently: Coach's son helped the Warriors reach state by pitching 10 innings in two sectional wins and going 4 for 4 with a walk in Monday's super-sectional victory.

In his own words: "It's a big deal. We expected to be there. We accomplished what we set out to do, and it's always a good feeling to reach your goals."

I'm always texting ... friends and Philip Meyer

I'm driving ... a 2003 Chevy Impala

I'm dying to see ... "Chernobyl Diaries"

I need concert tickets to ... Larry the Cable Guy

My first job ... mowing yards

Next year ... I'm going to Kaskaskia to play baseball

In five years ... I want to be around the game somehow, whether it's playing or coaching

My longest home run ... probably 385

I've been clocked at ... low- to mid-80s

My dad ... taught me everything

Tuscola High School ... is an all-around solid program

What's better, reaching the Final Four in baseball or the championship game in football? For me, this baseball thing is fun. I'd love to get a ring in baseball. I have one for football

Honorable mention: Jeff Broch, Tuscola track and field; Cirron Clark, Danville track and field; Tim Easton, Monticello track and field; Zeke Elkins, St. Joseph-Ogden track and field; Jesse Galaway, Monticello track and field; Andrew Hanselman, Monticello track and field; Alex Kemp, Tuscola track and field; Tanner McQuown, Danville baseball; Ryan Pearce, Villa Grove track and field; Steve Schroeder, Monticello track and field; Broc Smith, Tuscola track and field; Tommy Watson, Tuscola baseball; Chris West, Tuscola track and field; Scott Woodard, Unity track and field

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