Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

AOTW: SJ-O's Ciota, Schlarman's Marion

Athletes of the Week

Orion Ciota
St. Joseph-Ogden, football

Recently: Rushed for 170 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Spartans shut out Monticello to reach the Class 3A quarterfinals.

AOTW: D-W's Randolph, Urbana's Huart

Chandler Randolph
DeLand-Weldon, Senior

Recently: Had team-high totals of 19 kills, 10 blocks and four aces in the championship match of the ECIC tournament against Judah Christian.
In her own words: “We play as a family. We’re very close.”
I’m driving ... a Dodge Avenger
My last text went to ... Jay
For Halloween, I’m going as ... a cat

AOTW: PBL's Kleinert, Danville's Griffin

of the Week

Kailey Kleinert
Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Senior

Recently: Middle hitter was an all-tournament choice as the Panthers won the PBL Invitational. She leads the team with 95 kills.

Athletes of the Week

Mickaela Fleming
St. Joseph-Ogden, Senior

Recently: Hit a home run in seven consecutive games. On Friday, she hit two two-run homers to account for all the runs in a 4-3 win against Unity.

Athletes of the Week: Urbana's England and Rantoul's Pannbacker

of the Week

Ellie England
Urbana, Junior

Recently: Had two goals and two assists for the Tigers in a 7-0 win against Danville.
In her words: “We have a lot of potential. We will get better as the season goes along.”
I’m driving ... a Subaru Forester.
I’m dying to see ... “Pitch Perfect.” Again.

Athletes of the Week: A-L's Maxwell, Centennial's Meacham

Athletes of the Week

Chantal Meacham
Centennial, Senior

Recently: Lock-down defender hit three three-pointers in back-to-back postseason games as the third-ranked Chargers won their third consecutive regional championship.

AOTW: Monticello's VanDalsen, Fisher's Cole

Tanner VanDalsen
Monticello, Senior

Recently: Followed up on regional title with a sectional crown, decisioning the same 195-pound foe in the finals in consecutive weeks. He’s ranked sixth this week entering state.
In his own words: “All the hard work I put in paid off. I wrestled all year long, giving up football.”

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Kroner: Ex-Urbana athletes get message across

URBANA – The names are ones of multi-sport Urbana High athletes from nearly a quarter of a century ago: Kirk Mammen, Mark Mammen and Dave Williams.

The individuals are ones, however, who are still prominent in the sporting community.

They might be more recognizable by their stage names as SuperDome, Tanglefoot Jones and Six-burgh.

Prep Heroes: Armstrong-Potomac

Steve Willard

ARMSTRONG – Bob Bezely started teaching and coaching in the Armstrong school district in 1957. More than a half-century later, he remains active with the district as a bus driver. His lengthy tenure means one thing: He has seen hundreds and hundreds of athletes.