Three former Rantoul High School athletes will be enshrined in the school's Hall of Fame during Friday's home football game against Olympia. The inductees are Sean Bubin, Ali Franzen Vander Tuuk and Gary Buhr.
Buhr is a 1971 graduate who was a two-time all-conference selection in basketball and in baseball as a third baseman. He has remained active in athletics as a basketball referee and was selected by the IHSA to officiate boys' basketball state title games in 2009 and 2012.
Vander Tuuk graduated in 1993 and was the basketball team's leading rebounder as a senior. In softball, she earned News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year accolades as a senior. She won 40 games in her varsity career and was 18-7 as a senior with 197 strikeouts.
Bubin is a 1999 graduate who earned letters in football, basketball and track. A state track qualifier, he was best known as a football lineman who earned All-Area honors, Bubin lettered four years in football at Illinois and was selected in the 2004 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Unity star awaits injury report
Unity senior linebacker Mitch Negangard expects to learn Thursday how long he will be out with a knee injured in Saturday’s loss to Central A&M. Surgery is not needed.
After the Rockets won Aug. 31 at Maroa, Decatur Herald-Review sports writer Justin Conn wrote about his impressions of Negangard: "It's early, but Negangard — a senior linebacker/fullback — might be the best player in the Okaw. He's a vicious hitter and tough to bring down when he's running the ball. He's so strong, he tackled (Jack) Hockaday running the ball while engaged with a lineman."
Negangard ran for 211 yards and scored two touchdowns against A&M.
Mammen makes impression
URBANA — Senior Cameron Mammen rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two TDs — accounting for all of Urbana's TDs in a win last week vs. 10th-rated Bloomington — and impressed Bloomington coach Rigo Schmelzer.
In an interview with Bloomington Pantagraph sports editor Randy Kindred, Schmelzer said, "Between his ability to run, throw and scramble, obviously the kid controlled this football game. He ran over our linebackers; he ran around our ends. I tip my hat to him."
Entering Friday's home game against Springfield Lanphier, Mammen's Twin City passing record stands at 3,265 yards for 31 games played. The previous mark was 3,106 yards.
Mammen will make his first unofficial visit this weekend, going to Illinois State. Illinois has been in contact as have Eastern Illinois, Indiana State and Western Illinois. He has received interest from Akron, Kent State, Missouri and Nebraska.
Prep football on radio
Area ESPN radio stations WSJK (93.5) and WJEK (95.3) are broadcasting weekly high school football. They are live on nights there are no St. Louis Cardinals conflicts. This week's J.T. Walker/Bob Simpson Autotown High School Sports Showcase game features St. Teresa at Tuscola and can be heard Saturday at 9 a.m. Next Friday's Rantoul at Mahomet-Seymour game will be on at 7 p.m. Handling the play-by-play are Justin Taylor and Jason Van Antwerp. Ben Dyer is the color commentator.
ISU's Jean wins event
NORMAL — Senior captain Katie Jean, from St. Thomas More, won medalist honors for Illinois State University's women's golf team in the Redbird Invitational on Sunday. Her 54-hole score was 218, with rounds of 70, 75 and 73. "I'm so proud of KJ (Katie Jean) and her individual victory," ISU coach Darby Sligh said. "Her hard work has really paid off."
Schroeder repeats rookie honor
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Freshman Steve Schroeder, from Monticello, was last week's Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Schroeder helped Navy to a second-place finish at the Harry Lang Cross-Country Invitational by taking 21st overall. In his collegiate debut, he ran the 6.4-kilometer race (3.9 miles) in 20 minutes, 51 seconds. This week, Schroeder was the repeat pick after placing 30th in a 5.2-mile race at Center Valley, Pa. His time was 27:02.
Ex-Bulldog sets NCAA record
David Piland, who played briefly for Mahomet-Seymour's varsity football team as a high school freshman in 2006, set an NCAA record Saturday for the most passes attempted in a game (77) without being intercepted. The Houston sophomore completed 53 attempts for 580 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-49 loss to future UI foe Louisiana Tech. He was Conference USA's Offensive Player of the Week. Piland's 53 completions are the fifth-best single-game total in NCAA history. His school-record 77 attempts rank sixth all time.