High school bulletin board: Urbana athletics honors six

High school bulletin board: Urbana athletics honors six

Six honored by Urbana athletics
Four former multi-sport athletes were inducted into the Urbana Hall of Fame last Friday during halftime of the Tigers’ football game against Peoria Notre Dame.

Mykhail Chambers earned three varsity letters in basketball but was better known for his accomplishments in track and field, in which he starred in the high jump. Chambers won the 2008 Illinois Prep Top Times Meet with a leap of 6 feet, 10 inches during his senior season and still holds the record at the News-Gazette Honor Roll Meet with a jump of 6-9.  He was a five-time Big 12 champion in indoor and outdoor track and earned three state medals before heading to Georgia Tech, where he was an NCAA first-round qualifier three times.

Mandy Kirby guided the Urbana girls basketball team to the 2008 Big 12 title, when she was named the News-Gazette’s Area Player of the Year and All-State honorable mention. She also was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in softball during her senior year. She went on to play basketball at Illinois Central College and Missouri Baptist University.

Shannon McFarland advanced to the state finals in the 1,600-meter relay and was a part of a school record-setting team. She also lettered in volleyball three times and went on to play volleyball at Clark Atlanta University.

Daniel Wengler was an All-Big 12 selection on both sides of the ball in football, in which he was a lineman. He earned the team’s Outstanding Lineman Award during his junior and senior seasons.

Former basketball and baseball coach Preston Williams Jr. and John Dimit, who helped lead the charge for the construction of the Urbana Aquatic Center along with other contributions, were given ‘Tiger for Life’ honors.

Gillian Jones commits to Parkland
Argenta-Oreana hitter Gillian Jones has committed to play volleyball at Parkland.

The 6-foot-2 senior ranks eighth in the area with 3.60 kills per set. Parkland is 40-0 and No. 1 in NJCAA Division II.

VG/H holds breast cancer benefit
Villa Grove/Heritage is holding its second Fight Like a Blue Devil Day to raise money for the Mills Breast Cancer Institute in Urbana on Friday, Oct. 23. The event will be held in conjunction with Bismarck-Henning, who Villa Grove/Heritage will host that night in the teams’ final regular-season football game.

The Villa Grove/Heritage football team raised close to $6,000, and the boosters racked up $10,000 by selling Fight Like a Blue Devil apparel. The volleyball and dance teams are also raising money.

College update
Junior Mitch Negangard, from Unity, has appeared in all five games for 4-1 St. Ambrose University. Originally starting at linebacker, Negangard recently made his first start at free safety, racking up 12 total tackles and forcing four fumbles against Trinity International.

Sophomore Dustin Walls, from Centennial, has played in all five games for 4-1 McKendree. He has hauled in 21 passes for 335 yards and five touchdowns. Walls is also currently sixth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 67 yards per game average.

Sophomore Trent Wooten, from Paxton-Buckley-Loda, has played in five games for Knox. Playing at linebacker, he has 11 total tackles, including one for loss.

Freshman Dalton James, from Villa Grove/Heritage, has appeared in four games for Knox. He has returned three punts for 47 yards, the longest being 29 yards.

Junior Luke Clapp, from Tri-County, has played in five games for 4-2 Franklin College. Clapp has 13 total tackles and one fumble recovery on the season.

Junior Daulton DePatis, from Watseka, has started five games for the 2-4 Olivet Nazarene Tigers. He is among the team leaders in total tackles with 28, including two for loss.

Freshmen Christian Khatchaturian, from St. Thomas More, and Chris Tate, from Centennial, contributed to the Parkland men’s golf team’s recent win at the M-WAC Championships. The Tate/Thomas Webster tandem finished second overall, while the pairing of Khachaturian/David Gerig finished seventh. The next week, at the Big Blue Invitational hosted by Millikin, Khachaturian would finish fourth overall as Parkland would go on to win the 12-team tournament. The Cobras are coached by former Monticello, Parkland and Eastern Illinois standout Corbin Sebens.

Senior Scott Woodard, from Unity, has two top-10 finishes in his three cross-country races for Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. At the EIU Walt Crawford Open, he placed fourth in the 6K race in 20 minutes, 23 seconds, and most recently finished sixth at the John Flamer Invitational with a time of 25:26.

Senior Chelsea Blaase, from St. Joseph-Ogden, ran her first cross-country race of the season for Tennessee at the Greater Louisville Classic. She earned her third career win in dominating fashion, besting the second-place finisher by 32 seconds. Blaase has now finished in the top 10 in 10 of her last 11 races and in the top three in eight of her last 11.

Senior Danielle Ellis, from Mahomet-Seymour, earned CCIW all-conference honors for Illinois Wesleyan with a fourth-place individual finish at the CCIW Women’s Golf Championships, held at Red Tail Run in Decatur. The Illinois Wesleyan team score of 940 is the lowest 54-hole total in CCIW Championships history.

Sophomore Catherine McHale, from Mahomet-Seymour, has started 13 games for M-WAC champion Parkland women’s soccer. Her 14 goals and 35 points lead the 10-2-1 Cobras. She is tied for 19th in NJCAA Division I in points.

Freshman Anna Billman, from Urbana, has played in 24 matches for the 17-9 North Central Cardinals. The middle hitter is currently eighth overall in the CCIW with a .279 hitting percentage. In conference play, her hitting percentage of .348 is good for sixth.

Freshman Emily Seegmiller, from Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, has played in 20 matches with five starts for Millikin. Through Sunday she had 28 kills in CCIW conference matches, which puts her in seventh in average kills.

Teammate and fellow freshman Cortney Bohn from Mahomet-Seymour, has played in 22 matches with 12 starts and is fourth on the team with 141 kills. Bohn is also second on the 15-7 Big Blue with 40 total blocks.

Freshman Sara Rice, from Mahomet-Seymour, has played in all four matches for Webster’s women’s tennis team. Playing at No. 4 singles, Rice finished the fall season at 2-2 with wins against Fontbonne and McKendree. She also posted a 2-2 record at No. 3 doubles.

Anthony Zilis and Troy Gentle