Bulletin board: Tracking major area meets
The home team is seeking a repeat championship in the 37th St. Joseph-Ogden Spartan Classic boys’ track and field invitational. Friday’s meet will begin with field events at 4:30. Running prelims will start at 5:30, with finals set to go off at 6:30.
Spectator admission is $2.
The 24-school Spartan Classic is one of many scheduled for upcoming days.
Champaign’s Gene Ward Boys’ Invitational also will take place Friday, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Centennial’s Harold Jester Track.
Monticello’s Lady Sages Invitational is Friday, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Also Friday: Urbana’s 38th annual girls’ invitational at the Gene Armer Track.
Among the Saturday meets is Danville’s Toyota/John Eakle Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m. on the Vikings’ Wayland-Young Athletic Complex.
On Monday, Paxton is the site for the girls’ Sangamon Valley Conference meet.
On Tuesday, the boys’ Twin City meet will be held at Urbana, starting at 4:15 p.m. The McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference meets for boys and girls are set for Tuesday at Tremont.
Central schedules hoops camp
CHAMPAIGN — Central High School boys’ basketball coach Wayne McClain will conduct a summer camp July 14-18 for boys entering grades 4-9. The cost is $60 per camper. The camp for students in grades 4-6 will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The camp for students in grades 7-9 will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The camps are open to students of all skill levels. Drills in basketball fundamentals such as dribbling, form shooting, passing and defensive principles will be led by the staff.
Checks can be made payable to Champaign Athletics (reference boys’ basketball) and mailed to the school at 610 W. University Ave., Champaign, Ill., 61820. Include a shirt size.
Central grad going Division I
Sophomore Cheyenne Hedrington, who played at Barton Community College last season, signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Division I Grand Canyon in Phoenix. She averaged 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds at Barton, starting 32 of the 33 games she played this season. As a freshman, Hedrington played for John Wood Community College in Quincy.
Powers headed to IWU
CHAMPAIGN — Senior Sam Powers, from St. Thomas More, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to continue his track and field career at Illinois Wesleyan. Powers has the area’s second-best 800-meter time this spring, 1 minute, 57.75 seconds. He also will run cross-country at IWU.
Hohlfelder to play out of state
MAHOMET — Senior Sam Hohlfelder, a three-year letterman in basketball at Mahomet-Seymour, signed a letter of intent to continue his playing career at Wisconsin-Platteville. Hohlfelder averaged 13.2 points per game as a senior and 14.5 as a junior. He had a 38-point game as a senior vs. Belleville East. He will major in physical education.
Bulldog to continue wrestling
MAHOMET — Senior Cody Hooper, a two-time team wrestling captain at Mahomet-Seymour, signed a letter of intent to continue his career at Baker University, an NAIA institution in Baldwin City, Kan. In his three years on varsity at M-S, Hooper won 84 matches and had 222 takedowns. He was the Bulldogs’ most valuable wrestler as a junior and earned the dedication award as a senior.
A-O’s Gibson signs for rugby
ARGENTA — Senior Katlyn Gibson, from Argenta-Oreana, signed a letter of intent Friday to continue her athletic career at Eastern Illinois on the women’s rugby team. She received a partial scholarship. She played basketball and ran track for A-O.
Ex-pro in PBL Hall
PAXTON — The first induction class for the newly created Paxton-Buckley-Loda Hall of Fame features former Major League Baseball pitcher Scott Garrelts; the creator of the flying car, Sam Schweighart; and Frank Drendel, who is currently non-executive chairman of the board of CommScope Holding Company Inc., a public company that develops infrastructure solutions for communications networks in more than 100 countries. The PBL school board unanimously voted to approve the first three members of the Hall of Fame at its April meeting.
“Mr. Drendel, Mr. Garrelts and Dr. Schweighart are three individuals who are great representatives of our school and communities and also set the bar extremely high for future induction classes,” said PBL Principal Travis Duley, who serves on the selection committee.
Area kids on campus ...
— Freshman twins Mickaela and Samantha Fleming, from St. Joseph-Ogden, are having an impact on Lake Land College’s 50-10 softball team. Mickaela Fleming is batting .373 with 25 hits in 67 at-bats. She has three home runs and 21 RBI. Samantha Fleming has a 6-0 pitching record with 41 strikeouts in 381/3 innings. She has a 2.19 ERA.
— Illinois State sophomore Regan Romshek, from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, was the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week after fashioning a 1.17 ERA and going 3-0 with one save in four appearances, covering 24 innings. She leads the MVC with 2071/3 innings pitched and leads in wins (17). The right-hander has thrown complete games in her last nine starts and is 7-0 with a save in her last eight appearances.
— Senior Dani Bunch, from Mahomet-Seymour, rebroke her own Purdue shot put record (56 feet, 33/4 inches), beating her previous mark by 11/4 inches. Her mark leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth nationally. Her career-best effort in the hammer throw (191-6) ranks 44th nationally.
— Junior Jesse Brucker, from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, leads a 13-16 Monmouth College baseball team in slugging percentage (.557), batting average (.344) and doubles (seven). He has two home runs and 12 RBI. Brucker has started 19 games. His homers came in April 20’s first game against Cornell College.
— Freshman outfielder Stephanie Sanderson, from Heritage, is batting .405 for Kankakee Community College (53 for 131) and has a 6-1 pitching record in eight starts for the 34-7 Cavaliers. She has hit nine home runs and is second among the Cavaliers with 43 RBI.
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