Bulletin board: B-H's Bott selects Marshall
BISMARCK — Senior Andy Bott, from Bismarck-Henning, will sign a letter of intent next month to continue his golf career at Marshall University, in Conference USA. He will major in business and said eventually, “I want to do something in the golf industry.”
Bott, the area Player of the Year for the past three seasons, also considered Illinois Wesleyan University.
Instrumental in Bott’s recruitment was former Schlarman golfer Matt Zedrick, an assistant coach with Marshall’s women’s golf team.
“It all happened really fast,” Bott said. “I liked the school, and it seemed like a good fit.”
A three-sport athlete, Bott played basketball for the Blue Devils in the winter and joined the baseball team earlier this week.
More honors for Bott
DANVILLE — Seniors Andy Bott, from Bismarck-Henning, and Tory Ceader, from Westville, were chosen as the Vermilion County basketball sportsmanship winners earlier this week.
B-H coach Jon Clapp nominated Bott and said, “He chooses to inspire his teammates rather than be critical of their mistakes.”
Ceader was nominated by her coach, Mike Chandler, who called her “a coach’s dream,” adding, “She tries to do whatever the coach says. She never complains about anything and treats players, coaches and refs with the utmost respect.”
Team sportsmanship awards went to the Armstrong-Potomac boys’ squad and the Oakwood girls’ team.
Other individual nominees for boys were Armstrong-Potomac’s Austin Rademacher, Georgetown-Ridge Farm’s Aaron Scott, Hoopeston Area’s David Cornelius, Oakwood’s Jeremy Watson, Salt Fork’s Cole Sanford and Westville’s Kyle Brazas.
Other individual nominees for girls were A-P’s Courtney Hambleton, B-H’s Maddie Winkler, G-RF’s Lexi Ovall, Hoopeston Area’s Brea Bushong, Oakwood’s Delaney Durst and Salt Fork’s Jenny Kimbro.
Hodge headed to Hall of Fame
Sidell — Chris Hodge, who has spent most of his 32-year involvement in football coaching at Salt Fork (or Jamaica), will be enshrined in the Illinois Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on April 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign.
He is one of 13 inductees for the Class of 2014. Hodge had a 79-56 record as a head coach but has devoted the last 12 years as an assistant to Brian Plotner on Salt Fork teams that have all qualified for the playoffs.
Ticket prices are $25 per person and can be obtained by contacting Phil Salzer at 3101 N. Old Trail Road, Peoria, Ill., 61604. The program speaker will be Illini head coach Tim Beckman.
Ex-Viking earns coaching honor
INDIANAPOLIS — Former Danville High School athlete Stan Gouard was chosen as Coach of the Year in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Gouard’s sixth University of Indianapolis team was 23-3 in the regular season. His career record at the school is 103-64. Gouard has had three consecutive 20-win seasons at Indianapolis.
Centennial’s Parks picks North Park
CHAMPAIGN — Senior center fielder Zach Parks, from Centennial, gave an oral commitment to continue his baseball career at North Park University in Chicago. The Chargers’ leadoff hitter as a junior, Parks batted .364 with 43 hits in 118 at-bats. He also played regularly as a sophomore and hit .274.
STM’S Tabeling selects Parkland
CHAMPAIGN — Senior Austin Tabeling, from St. Thomas More, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to continue his baseball career at Parkland College. A pitcher, Tabeling won three games for last year’s 18-8 squad and registered 42 strikeouts.
Area kids on campus ...
— Western Illinois senior Davin Dollison, from Centennial, won the Summit League championship in the triple jump (47 feet, 21/4 inches), which was more than a foot ahead of his closest competitor. He was named to the all-league team.
— Purdue redshirt senior Dani Bunch, from Mahomet-Seymour, won the women’s weight throw in the Big Ten Conference meet. She had the five best throws, recording a winning mark of 71-101/4. She won by 4 feet, 5 inches. She was the first woman in Big Ten history to win that event three times. Bunch was also the runner-up in the shot put and was named the league’s Field Athlete of the Year.
— Sophomore Sam Gilly, from St. Joseph-Ogden, had two top-five finishes for Trine University in the Calvin Indoor Championships at Grand Rapids, Mich. He was third in the weight throw (47-51/4) and fifth in the shot put (personal-best 45-31/4).
— Sophomore Chelsea Blaase, from St. Joseph-Ogden, had the top individual finish for Tennessee in the SEC league meet. She was third in the 5,000 meters (16 minutes, 6.59 seconds).