URBANA — Senior Cameron Mammen, who won all 33 of his wrestling matches as a senior, was chosen as the Class 2A Outstanding Wrestler by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association. He received his award Sunday at the all-state banquet in Countryside. The Class 3A recipient was UI recruit Kyle Langenderfer, from Lincoln-Way East, who won his 152-pound weight class, finishing with a 42-0 record.
The Class 1A Outstanding Wrestler was Dakota’s Josh Alber, a junior 120-pounder who is a three-time state champion.
M-S wrestlers, staff feted
MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour had numerous award winners at the annual IWCOA all-state banquet.
Senior Kyle Heller was named to the IWCOA all-state team. M-S assistant Rory Heller was selected as the Class 2A Assistant Coach of the Year. M-S head coach Rob Ledin was recognized as the IWCOA Executive Board Member of the Year along with a Silver Level recognition award.
Former M-S head coaches Marty Williams and Tom Porter received IWCOA Lifetime Achievement awards last weekend.
Spartan standout set for DACC
DANVILLE — St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ basketball coach Brian Brooks had no doubt Chase Patton would play basketball in college.
“We thought Chase had a great chance,” Brooks said.
Patton turned that into reality last week when he signed a letter of intent to play at Danville Area.
Patton said he decided on DACC mainly due to the coaches.
“They have a very good team and had the Junior College Coach of the Year (Mike Carpenter) last year,” Patton said of the Jaguars, who went 28-4 to establish a school record for wins.
Patton said he knew DACC was the right fit after he visited the campus.
“Things started clicking, and I got along with the other guys,” he said. “And it is close to home.”
Patton averaged 11.7 points his senior season for the Spartans, who set standards with a 29-5 record and a fourth-place finish at state in Class 2A.
Patton, a two-time All-Area first-team selection, finished his prep career with 1,085 points, ninth all time at SJ-O. He made 171 three-pointers, which ranks second in program history.
PBL’s Ypya picks Millikin
PAXTON — Senior Amanda Ypya orally committed to play basketball at Millikin University in Decatur.
Ypya visited the school last weekend.
“I’m really excited to continue my basketball career,” Ypya said. “I was a little undecided, but I’m very happy with my choice to go to Millikin and try it out.”
Ypya said she likes the coach and players at Millikin.
“Coach (Lori) Kerans is awesome,” Ypya said. “She’s such a positive lady. My whole family loves her. All the players were very positive — very nice and welcoming.”
As a senior at PBL, Ypya averaged 13.0 points for a 20-8 team.
Rivals to play for cause
CHAMPAIGN — Tuesday’s girls’ soccer matches between Unit 4 rivals Central and Centennial will mark the second annual Pinkout Games. Players from each school have been raising money for the American Cancer Society, and the $2 admission charge for the matches at the UI turf fields (located at Stadium and Gregory drives) also will be donated.
The junior varsity match will start at 3:45 p.m. The varsity teams will play at about 5 p.m. That contest will be followed by a check presentation.
MVC honors ex-Saber Jean
NORMAL — Senior Katie Jean, from St. Thomas More, was chosen for the fifth time this season as the Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week. She was last week’s winner and then went on to win the MVC tournament Tuesday by 5 strokes (77-74-82). The Redbirds won the team title by 3 strokes.
The previous week, Jean recorded a top-five finish at the Indiana Invitational. Jean finished the three-round tournament with a score of 223 (76-75-72), shooting par on her final round. It is the second time this season that Jean has recorded a top-five finish, as she ended the tournament tied for third with the 7-over-par score.
The Rantoul native has finished first for the Redbirds in every tournament played this season, including an impressive streak of six consecutive top-10 finishes on the individual leaderboard. Jean also won the Redbird Invitational on Sept. 9.
Saber commits to Washington
CHAMPAIGN — Senior Jacob Helfrich, from St. Thomas More, will sign a letter of intent Thursday to run cross-country and track and field at Washington University in St. Louis.
Helfrich was an all-stater last fall in cross-country, placing 21st while finishing as the second runner on the Sabers’ Class 1A state championship team.
Monticello seeking coach
MONTICELLO — Dave Ellars resigned as the girls’ basketball head coach at Monticello High School. The Sages were 8-21 last season. Ellars, who remains on staff at Mahomet-Seymour as an assistant softball coach, stepped aside, he said, to “pursue a couple other opportunities.”
Ellars also has coached girls’ basketball at Salt Fork and Unity.
A-O rehires Saunches
ARGENTA — Tom Saunches, who retired as a classroom teacher in 2010 but continues to coach baseball at Argenta-Oreana, has added more duties to his schedule.
He was rehired as the boys’ basketball coach, replacing Ryan Bosch. Saunches was the A-O boys’ basketball coach from 1992-93 through 2001-02. In those 10 years, the Bombers were 133-125.
A-O was 22-54 during Bosch’s three-year tenure. The school’s last winning season (18-9) came in the final year of Saunches’ first stint as head coach.
Former Saber shines in classroom
EDWARDSVILLE — Senior golfer Clark Schmidt, a St. Thomas More graduate from Rantoul, received the male Cougar Excellence Award from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. The award is given to the athlete who has earned the highest grade-point average on campus and was at SIUE for at least three years.
Schmidt, a business major who helped STM win the 2008 Class 1A state golf title, had seven straight semesters with a 4.0 GPA and received the Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor in men’s golf given to the athlete who has achieved the highest GPA for that particular sport. He also served as president of SIUE’s student-athlete advisory committee.
Two ’Toppers sign
DANVILLE — Senior infielder Sydne Bryant, from Schlarman, signed a letter of intent last Friday to continue her softball career at Lincoln College. Also, 2011 graduate Lohgan Bryant signed a letter of intent to play softball at McKendree College. Lohgan Bryant, also an infielder, batted .365 as a senior for the 38-3 Hilltoppers team that placed second in the state in Class 1A.
Ex-LeRoy runner leads IWU
BLOOMINGTON — Junior Zach Morrison, from LeRoy, has the best 400-meter time this spring for Illinois Wesleyan’s men’s track and field team. His best time is 51.28 seconds.
Senior Phil Johnson, from Prairie Central, has the team’s fourth-best time in the 110 hurdles (18.56) and the fifth-best mark in the 800 (2 minutes, 1.52 seconds).
Senior Ben White, from St. Joseph-Ogden, is third among the Titans in the 3,000 (10:23.42) and fifth in the 5,000 (17:20.77).
On the women’s team, freshman Amber Miller, from Clinton, stands ninth in the 100 meters (14.34) and 13th in the 200 meters (29.74).
Matt Daniels, Nora Maberry-Daniels, Fred Kroner and Andrew Rosten