Bulletin board: Judah duo earns all-state honors
CHAMPAIGN — Two Judah Christian High School student-athletes were selected to the Better Prep Success (BPS) Illinois Christian School all-state girls’ basketball team. Seniors Leslee Chambers and Kristina Lee were chosen for the 10-player first team.
A total of 54 Christian schools in the state were eligible to have their athletes recognized. Lee was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year. Another area athlete who received a special award was Arthur Okaw Christian senior Hannah Erwin, who was chosen as the Most Improved Player.
Erwin was one of two AOC athletes named to the 10-player second team. She was joined by seventh-grader Amanda Franklin. Franklin’s eighth-grade sister, Jessica, was picked to the 11-player all-state third team.
The Franklins were two of six players picked for the All-Newcomers team. Lee, Erwin and Jessica Franklin were picked for the eight-player All-Defensive first team.
Schools such as AOC, which are not members of the IHSA, are allowed to play middle school students in their varsity games.
Finke picked for all-state team
PEORIA — University of Illinois recruit Michael Finke, from Centennial, was one of 16 players picked for the combined Class 3A/4A all-state boys’ basketball team by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. He will be invited to play in the IBCA all-star game June 28.
Three area players received special mention status: Mahomet-Seymour’s Conner Diedrich, Champaign Central’s Kam Rowan and Danville’s Denzel Smith. The lone area athlete on the honorable mention IBCA list was Centennial’s Dedric Byrd. Each of the area players who received recognition are seniors, except Diedrich, a junior.
Heritage athlete selects college
BROADLANDS — Miranda Pruitt, from Heritage, recently signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Lincoln Trail Junior College. A catcher, Pruitt was an All-Area honorable mention choice as a junior, when she batted .386 (32 for 83). She had 11 stolen bases.
State indoor track meet at IWU
BLOOMINGTON — Senior Johnny Leverenz, from Danville, has the state’s top boys’ time (regardless of class) in the 800- and 1,600-meter races during the indoor season. His 800 time is 1 minute, 54.09 seconds. His 1,600 time is 4:16.57.
Among Class 3A runners, Leverenz ranks third in the 3,200 (9:16.77), and teammate Trent Sherfield is tied for the third-best time in the 200 (22.55).
Ten area athletes or relays in Class 2A are ranked among the top five in their respective events entering the Illinois Prep Top Times indoor state meet this weekend at Illinois Wesleyan University. The Class 1A meet is Friday. The 2A and 3A classes will compete Saturday.
In 2A, the lone area boy among the top five is Centennial’s Davion Foster in the triple jump (fourth at 44 feet, 1 inch).
The Chargers’ Dominique Lewis has the fastest 200 time (25.75) and ranks third in the 400 (1:00.19) and is tied for fourth in the 60 (7.84). Centennial’s 800 relay has the swiftest time (1:46.3).
Mahomet-Seymour’s Elise Hocking ranks fourth in the 60 hurdles (9.55), and the Bulldogs’ 3,200 relay stands third (10:00.49).
Rantoul’s Mercedes Porter is third in the triple jump (35-71/4), Clinton’s Betsy Lovett is tied for fourth in the pole vault (10-0) and Champaign Central’s Ranija Turner is fifth in the shot put (40-4).
In Class 1A, two area boys are atop the leaderboard. St. Thomas More’s Nick Hess has the fastest time in the 1,600 (4:24.43), and Argenta-Oreana’s Austin Wenskunas is the long jump leader (21-43/4). Tuscola’s Stephen Gibson is second in the shot put (51-5), and Urbana Uni High’s 3,200 relay is also second (8:27.27). Tied for second are 60-meter hurdlers Vaughn Gentzler, from Paxton-Buckley-Loda, and Taylor Kirby, from Salt Fork (8.69).
Among area girls in 1A, Fisher’s Miranda Marry is first in the 200 (26.15) and 400 (58.5) as well as tied for third in the 60 (8.15). Others from the area who rank highly are Salt Fork 60-meter hurdler Jenny Kimbro (second at 9.30), Arthur-Lovington’s Karly Goodman in the shot put (second at 39-1), Unity freshman Nicole Bagwell (second in the pole vault, 11-0) and Sullivan/Okaw Valley’s Amanda McClain (second to Marry in the 400 at 58.98). Arcola’s Taylor Edwards is third in the 800 (2:24.98).
Area kids on campus ...
— Sophomore Blake Lehmann, from Champaign Central, was a member of DePauw University’s school-record-setting 400-yard freestyle relay in the Division III swimming nationals. The foursome that included Casey Hooker, Lehmann, Alex Alfonso and Alex Grissom was fifth in the prelims (3:01.18) but came back with a 2:59.78 clocking to capture fourth in the finals. Lehmann was 34th in the 100 freestyle (45.78).
— Junior Jordyn Fones, from Blue Ridge, is a major contributor to the 18-5 start of the Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies team. The outfielder leads the team in batting average (.410) and on-base average (.443).
— Sophomore Kirsten Slaughter, from Urbana, placed fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (23.44) for Illinois Wesleyan University in the Division III swimming nationals. She earned 14 points for the Titans.
— Senior Lisa Boyce, from Urbana Uni High, placed seventh in the 100 butterfly (51.66) for Princeton in the NCAA swimming meet and captured first-team All-America accolades. Boyce holds the Ivy League record in the event (51.57). During her collegiate career, she won nine Ivy League titles, but none were in the 100 fly, which produced her best NCAA finish. In 2013, Boyce was an honorable mention All-America choice in the 100 freestyle.
— Junior Jason Ziegler, from Mahomet-Seymour, is 2-1 in a team-high 13 relief appearances for the 16-9 baseball team from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. He has a team-best ERA of 2.08 and has struck out 18 batters in 212/3 innings. He is holding opposing hitters to a .208 average.
— Sophomore D.J. Davis, from Armstrong-Potomac, has a 1-1 record and 4.30 ERA for Illinois College’s 7-4 baseball team. Sophomore catcher Dawson Loschen is on the team as is freshman outfielder Dalton Kerans, from Mahomet-Seymour. Kerans has started seven games and is batting .286 (6 for 21). Sophomore pitcher Dylan Sunderland, from Argenta-Oreana, is 2-0 and has worked five innings.