CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More golf standout Nathaniel Khachaturian recently signed a letter of intent to continue his career at Lamar in Beaumont, Texas.
Khachaturian was a four-year starter for the Sabers and a member of the state championship team in 2008. He finished fourth in last year's state meet.
"I had programs throughout Illinois show some interest. (Illinois State) and (Illinois) Wesleyan were two; George Mason showed some interest. All of them were up North," Khachaturian said. "I went down to Lamar and visited, stepped outside and it was 80 degrees in February. I thought, 'I would love to wake up to this every day.' "
Lamar is a member of the Southland Conference and is among 81 schools participating in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Big 12 changes site
CHAMPAIGN — The Big 12 Conference boys' track and field meet, originally scheduled for Danville, was shifted to the Unit 4 track at Centennial. Thursday's meet will begin with field events at 4:30 p.m. Central will serve as the meet host.
The change was made because Danville's track does not have lights. Normal Community, Danville and Centennial were last year's top three teams.
Central AD in state running
CHAMPAIGN — Central High School athletic director John Woods was selected as the Class 3A/4A Division 5 Athletic Director of the Year by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association. The recognition puts Woods in the running for statewide Athletic Director of the Year. Woods has been the school's athletic director for 12 years and has been part of the boys' basketball coaching staff for 16 years.
Other sports he has coached at Central are girls' basketball, boys' golf, boys' track and girls' track. Woods is also an assistant principal and has taught special education the past nine years.
M-S AD Hensley gets honor
MAHOMET — Matt Hensley was honored by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association with a 2011 State Award of Merit. Hensley has been an athletic director for 15 years.
Among his other honors were as an Illinois Athletic Directors Association AD of the Year in 2006 and by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association as Class 2A Administrator of the Year in 2010.
McNew makes college choice
MAHOMET — Quarterback Quentin McNew, from Mahomet-Seymour, will sign a letter of intent this week to continue his football career at the College of DuPage. As a junior, McNew was second in the area in passing (1,639 yards). Despite injuries as a senior, he threw for 872 yards. He passed for 31 touchdowns in his final two seasons and rushed for seven.
Every point counts
CATLIN — Bismarck-Henning's girls' track team was a winner in last week's Vermilion County meet because individuals in seven events secured sixth-place finishes.
B-H totaled 167 points. Runner-up Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac had 165 points, with one sixth-place finish.
Two Blue Devils had a pair of sixth-place performances: freshman sprinter Jasmine Wilks (100 and 200 meters) and sophomore jumper Taylor Nobbe (long jump and triple jump). Other teammates who scored important points for coach Susan Kentner's team were sophomore Taylor Ellis (high jump), sophomore Maranda Witty (shot put) and junior Alex Fitzpatrick (400 meters).
O/A-P's lone sixth-place finish was by Lynzie Corzine in the discus.
Two Vikings win titles
DECATUR — Senior Casimir Bailey and junior J'Lynn Ayers were individual winners for Danville in the Big 12 Conference track and field meet. Bailey was victorious in the 300-meter hurdles (48.59 seconds), and Ayers won the shot put (37 feet, 5 inches) by nearly 19 inches.
The other area champion was Champaign Central junior high jumper Samone Thompson (5-1).
Normal West was the team champion, followed by Normal Community, Bloomington and Urbana in the 10-school field. In the Big 12 indoor meet in March, Normal West was first, followed by Danville and Urbana.
Knowles selects college
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More senior Kaitlin Knowles, one of the area's top sprinters, signed a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Naperville's North Central College. In last week's area Honor Roll listings, Knowles ranked second in the 100 meters (12.55 seconds), third in the 400 (1 minute, 0.26 second) and fifth in the 200 (26.30). North Central is a Division III school.
SJ-O golfer picks Parkland
ST. JOSEPH — Senior Mason Silver, from St. Joseph-Ogden, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to continue his golf career at Parkland College.
As a senior, Silver tied for 24th in the Class 1A state tournament with a 36-hole score of 156. As a junior, he tied for 78th at state with a 174.
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