Randy Wolken moved closer to 1,000 career wins with St. Joseph-Ogden softball’s 9-4 triumph at Mattoon on Monday, his 998th while leading the Spartans. Before SJ-O plays at Unity on Tuesday, a look at five ex-area coaches who shined at their respective schools:
DANVILLE — Macee Williams had her second consecutive double-double, putting up 19 points and 14 rebounds, while leading the Western Indiana All-Stars past the Eastern Illinois All-Stars 51-46 in Sunday’s girls’ finale of the seventh-annual Battle of the Border.
For the second consecutive game, the 6-foot-3 IUPUI recruit earned Player of the Game accolades.
DANVILLE — Vikings boys’ basketball assistant coach Demetric Hightower was nervous two years ago when he received a text from athletic director B.J. Luke, saying he’d like to speak with the 2004 Danville graduate.
“When your boss sends you a text you’re like, ‘Ah, man,’ ” he said. “I thought maybe I did something wrong.”
COVINGTON, Ind. — Player of the Game Macee Williams, from Fountain Central, broke two scoring records Friday night at Covington High School, leading the Western Indiana All-Stars past the Eastern Illinois seniors 61-46 in the seventh annual girls’ Battle of the Border game.
CHAMPAIGN — One All-Area first-teamer ran full-speed ahead, while the other was still getting her wind back.
But both managed to lead their respective teams in Sunday's Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Star Game.
URBANA — Aja Trask had never played basketball in a competitive setting — assuming playing in the driveway with her brothers doesn’t count — but when she entered Uni High as an eighth-grader, that didn’t matter. At Uni, any girl with a hint of athleticism was asked to go out for the team, she said.
■ Senior Destiny Carter, from Danville, was the top-finishing collegian in the 200-meter at the Florida Relays. Carter run a personal-best 22.92 seconds, finishing behind Jamaican Olympian Veronica Campbell and Canadian Olympian Crystal Emmanuel.
COLUMBUS, Ohio —Former St. Thomas More All-American Tori McCoy made the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team this year at Ohio State, but she was miserable throughout the season, her father, Tim, said.