CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central senior Sam Stewart will look to add to his three career Big 12 individual titles when the conference holds its annual boys' swimming and diving meet Saturday at Unit 4 Pool at Centennial High School.
Stewart is the defending champion in the 100-yard butterfly. He also won league titles as a sophomore in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
Normal West is the defending team champion. No area school has won the team crown since 2007, when Centennial finished first. Central was the team runner-up each of the last four years.
Diving begins at 9 a.m., with the first swimming event scheduled for 1 p.m.
All-Area standout picks power
MAHOMET — Senior Chase Diedrich, who rushed for 1,445 yards and scored 20 touchdowns before breaking an ankle in Mahomet-Seymour's eighth football game, has committed to Mount Union College. The Alliance, Ohio, school has won 10 Division III national titles.
Diedrich still is recovering from the injury and will not be cleared to run track this spring for the Bulldogs, though he said, "I'm running every day."
He plans on majoring in a health field or law.
"It's a football town, and it felt like the right place to go," Diedrich said. "It's a smaller atmosphere (2,200 enrollment), but it seemed nice."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Diedrich also considered Drake and Lehigh before settling on Mount Union. Last year's 14-1 Mount Union team won a 20th consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference league title and was the Division III runner-up.
Meunier selects Notre Dame
GIBSON CITY — Senior Sydni Meunier will sign a national letter of intent today to continue her running career at Notre Dame. As a junior at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, she was the Class 1A 800- and 1,600-meter state champion.
Meunier plans to major in biology and compete in cross-country and track and field.
Other universities in her final four were Arkansas, Missouri and Purdue.
She is one of 14 athletes from the school who will be feted in an all-school assembly in the gymnasium.
GCMS' second Division I signee is softball pitcher Regan Romshek, who signed with Illinois State last fall.
Others planning to continue their athletic careers in college are Kaiti Bowen (softball, McKendree); Storm Crouch (soccer, MacMurray); Lane Ferguson (football, Monmouth College); Angel Gaesser (track, Indiana Wesleyan); J.J. Gardner (football, Monmouth College); Jake Johnson (football, Eureka College); Cole Lush (football, Aurora); Jaymi Nettleton (track, Indiana Wesleyan); Jordyn Nettleton (track, Olivet Nazarene University); Jordan Sizemore (soccer, Elmhurst); Christopher Witteman (golf, Elmhurst); and Mikayla Woodward (golf, North Central College).
Football player Westin Goin, baseball player Sam Johnson, softball player Jessica Hunter and golfer Westin Hasty still are considering their options but plan to participate in college.
Linebacker joins new program
TUSCOLA — Senior linebacker T.J. Onsott, from Tuscola, has committed to Lindenwood University in Belleville, which will be implementing a football program this fall. Onstott's position coach will be former Illini Justin Harrison.
An All-Area standout who underwent shoulder surgery after his junior and senior seasons, Onstott was chosen to participate in the state's East-West Shrine all-star game July 14. Onstott, who plans on majoring in law enforcement, also considered William Penn.
The 195-pounder broke Tuscola's career tackling record (ending with 395 stops) and played on teams that advanced to the Class 1A state championship games three successive seasons.
As of today, he has been released to start throwing a baseball and swinging a bat. He expects to be in the Warriors' baseball lineup, either as a catcher or designated hitter, when the season opens next month.
Jeff Huth and Fred Kroner