URBANA — Three athletes from the Class of 2005 headline the list of inductees to the Urbana Prep Hall of Fame. They will be recognized Friday at halftime of the Tigers' football game at McKinley Field against Centennial.
The multi-sport stars from 2005 include Antonio Adams, Rich Thompson and Preston Williams III. Also entering the Hall is 1990 product Todd Fryer. Former cross-country and track coach Harbert Jones joins as an honorary coach.
Adams earned 10 varsity letters (four in track, three each in football and basketball). He is the school's top career receiver. Thompson was an All-Area pick in baseball, a two-time All-Big 12 selection in golf and a track and field letterman.
Williams was a four-sport letterman, earning monograms in football, basketball, baseball and track and field. He was The News-Gazette Area Player of the Year in football as a senior, setting the school record for career total offense (3,655), a mark broken this year by Cameron Mammen.
Jones' 17-year tenure in track featured 18 Big 12 Conference champions, 13 sectional titlists, 25 state qualifiers, five medalists and a state champion (high jumper Mykhail Chambers in 2009).
Overshiner has a ball
WESTVILLE — Senior Shane Overshiner was carrying the football again Friday at Westville's home football game, but it wasn't the way the area's fourth-leading rusher in 2011 had anticipated.
A knee injury in Week 1 sidelined the running back for the season, but he served as the ball boy for the Tigers' game against Bismarck-Henning and was able to carry the ball to the referees for the change of possessions. Surgery is set for Oct. 2 to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Overshiner hopes with six months of rehabilitation he will be able to salvage his senior year in track. Last spring, he was the Vermilion Valley Conference champion in the 100 meters and the long jump.
QB injury on UI coach's mind
URBANA — Think you know all about Illini coach Tim Beckman's concern about an injured quarterback? The injury that sidelined Nathan Scheelhaase is only one on his mind.
In Week 2 of the high school season, his freshman son, Alex, made his varsity debut for Urbana in the fourth quarter of a victory against Champaign Central. Three days later, Alex Beckman suffered a shoulder injury in the Tigers' junior varsity loss to the Maroons. He could be sidelined about a month. It is deja vu for Urbana coach Nathan Watson.
"I remember a pretty good quarterback who was injured his freshman year," Watson said.
That reference is to current senior Cameron Mammen, who suffered a season-ending injury in a freshman game in 2009, one day after making his varsity debut. Mammen now holds the school total offense (4,779 yards) record and the Twin City passing (3,532 yards) record. He is less than 1,100 yards of total offense from securing a top 20 position on the IHSA's all-time list and needs 583 yards of total offense to supplant the Detroit Lions' Mikel Leshoure as the Twin City career leader. The Centennial graduate had 5,231 total yards.
Watson won't predict who will replace Mammen as the 2013 quarterback. "It's hard to anticipate starters for next year because all jobs will be open when this season ends. I feel it would be safe to say he (Alex Beckman) will be very competitive when it comes to the quarterback position. Some of the qualities I like about him are his intelligence, work ethic and ability to lead. It'll be fun to watch him grow as a student-athlete the next four years."
Spartans, Sabers on course
TOLONO — Three years ago, volleyball teams from St. Thomas More and St. Joseph-Ogden were assigned to different regionals. Each school started the postseason with a title before the Sabers ousted the Spartans in the sectional semifinals. Last year, the schools were paired in the same regional and met in the finals, where St. Thomas More was victorious.
They are together again this year in a loaded Class 2A field at Unity's Rocket Center that also features Paxton-Buckley-Loda. Regionals will start Oct. 23. Pairings are not yet set.
In Class 3A, state-ranked Centennial is one of six teams assigned to Urbana's regional. Central, Mahomet-Seymour, Monticello and Rantoul will join the host Tigers in the field. The winner advances to a sectional at Normal University High, which has a win against Centennial.
Bement native picked for Hall
ROCKFORD — Bement native Ed Glennon, a University of Illinois graduate, is one of two men who will be inducted into the Rockford Bowling Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony is scheduled Nov. 17.
"Rockford is a big bowling city and to be considered among the best in the city's history is quite an honor," Glennon said. "I am deeply grateful to the people who supported me."