Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

Lizzy Smith

Villa Grove, Senior

Softball

Recently: She pitched three complete-game victories, striking out 42 batters in 20 innings while yielding 10 hits. She was 6 for 9 with three home runs and seven RBI last week. On Sunday, she won the halftime three-point contest in the second News-Gazette/Parkland All-Area basketball showcase (above).

In her own words: "It was a little overwhelming. We won three softball games and had two basketball all-star games (including one on Saturday at Martinsville between LOVC players)."

My best pitch is ... the drop ball.

I learned to shoot ... out in the yard with my grandpa and my dad when I was 2 or 3.

Next year ... hopefully playing softball in college, but I'm undecided where.

In five years ... teaching elementary school and coaching softball

My first job ... babysitting

I'm always texting ... Jon Bretz and Becky Bishop

I'm dying to see ... "42"My nickname is ... Smitty

I wear No. 13 because ... people said it was unlucky, but every I time wore it, it has been lucky.

Villa Grove High is ... a place everyone knows each other because there aren't that many kids.

Honorable mention: LaToya Baillie, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley track and field; Kaitlyn Duchien, Judah Christian soccer; Chrissy Gadbury, Monticello softball; Hayley Gray, Watseka softball; Michaela Jones, Danville track and field; McKenzie Krutsinger, Unity softball; Sharon Mainor, Champaign Central track and field; Kimmy Montgomery, First Baptist soccer; Bobbi Morris, Westville softball; Mercedes Porter, Rantoul track and field; Megan Tsevelekos, Blue Ridge softball; Emica Quigley, Champaign Central soccer; Kaitie Wildman, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball; Morgan Zindars, Armstrong-Potomac softball

Connor Gross

Cerro Gordo/Bement, Junior

Baseball

Recently: Improved to 5-0 with a one-hit shutout against Arcola in a 10-0 win. He also hit a double and triple to keep his season average above .500.

In his own words: "Our team is playing really good right now. The defense behind me has been excellent. The first-year co-op has made it a different atmosphere."

My fastest fastball is ... 86 mphI pitch like ... it was Carlos Zambrano. I'd say Ryan Dempster

Cubs or Cardinals? Cubs

Is this the year? Probably not. Might have to wait awhile

I'm dying to see ... "Zero Dark Thirty"

I need tickets to ... Blackhawks in the playoffs

I'm driving ... 2010 Dodge Avenger

My nickname is ... Big C

I wear No. 21 because ... of Sammy Sosa

In five years I'll be ... hopefully playing baseball at a high level

Bement High is ... an interesting, small school

Honorable mention: Austin Aten, Champaign Central tennis; Lonnie Buggs, Danville track and field; Cord Church, Rantoul track and field; Jake England, Oakwood baseball; Connor Gross, Cerro Gordo/Bement baseball; Austin Johnson, Centennial baseball; Storm Joop, St. Thomas More baseball; Jeffrey Lavin, Centennial baseball; Johnny Leverenz, Danville track and field; Xavier Martin, Champaign Central basketball; Keegan McHood, Argenta-Oreana baseball; Trenton Miller, Iroquois West baseball; Arch Robison, Urbana Uni High track and field; Nikhil Thope, Champaign Central tennis

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