Area notes: State champ off team

Danville champion off team

DANVILLE Senior Destiny Carter, the Class 2A 400-meter state champion last spring, has been removed from the Danville girls' track and field team by coach Wes Brown for "conduct" issues. He declined to elaborate futher.

"It's very unfortunate, but I'd like to let water be under the bridge and keep moving on," Brown said.

Carter, who didn't finish the outdoor season as a sophomore, was a part of the team for the outdoor opener April 1-2 in East St. Louis. She remains in school.

It was a run for all-time

GIBSON CITY When the final event ended at the Lady Falcon Classic, three of the top four 1,600-meter relay times in the history of the 33-year-old event had been registered in last Thursday's meet.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's winning foursome shattered the meet mark (4:09.83), which had stood since 1983 when it was set by Mahomet-Seymour, and runner-up Lexington also ran better than the previous record (4:14.70).

Third-place St. Thomas More was at 4:15.58, just off the pace of M-S' 1983 time (4:15.50).

The impressive part of the Sabers' time is that two of the runners, Gen Harrington and Jade Brinkoetter, are soccer players who rarely practice with the team. They teamed up with Kaitlin Knowles (leadoff) and Kathryn Boyer (anchor) to produce the area's third-best time this spring in the four-lap race.

Shriners pick area gridders

PEORIA Eight area seniors have been chosen to participate on the East team in the 37th East-West Shrine all-star football game.

The contest will be played at 6:30 p.m. on July 16 at the Peoria Public School Stadium.

The area selections are Rantoul running back Tyvon Davis, Unity defensive back Seth Gooch, Westville defensive back Matt Maser, Urbana linebacker Grant Parsons, Bismarck-Henning defensive end Dakota Patton, Arcola linebacker Garrison Stenger, Villa Grove linebacker Jesse Shrum and Tuscola quarterback Jud Wienke.

The East team will be under the direction of head coach Scott Hamilton, from Unity. Among his five assistants are Tuscola's Rick Reinhart and Unity's Tony Reetz.

Two other area athletes were selected, but declined to participate. St. Thomas More defensive end John Vetter has another commitment and Danville linebacker Justin March, will already be in Akron for the summer.

IBCA chooses four from area

BLOOMINGTON Dylan Overstreet (Paxton-Buckley-Loda), Josh Piper (Centennial), Lauren Bogle (Shiloh) and Paige Nord (Ridgeview) will participate in the annual IBCA all-star basketball games in June at Illinois Wesleyan.

Bogle will be the area's lone representative on the South unit in the June 18 Class 1A/2A game. Nord will play for the North in the same game.

On June 25, Overstreet is part of a 1A/2A North team that will be under the direction of Ridgeview coach Rodney Kellar. Overstreet is the only area player chosen for the small-school game, though Westville's Matt Maser is an alternate. Kellar will be assisted by Ridgeview's Andy Jones and former Ridgeview coach Charlie Hall.

Piper will play for the South in the 3A/4A game.

Spartan on verge of record

ST. JOSEPH Junior Elizabeth Everingham, from St. Joseph-Ogden, is within range of a school and area record. After slugging two home runs on Saturday, raising her area-best total to 12 this season, she has 25 for her career. The all-time area softball home run record is 26, set by a former SJ-O athlete, Kelli Franzen, from 1984-87. The area's single-season home run mark was established in 2010 by Danville's Casey Cromwell (14).

Area anglers headed to state

Two Monticello bass fishing teams qualified for the IHSA state tournament after placing second and third, repsectively, in last week's Shelbyville Sectional. Placing second was a Monticello team of junior Kyle Myler, freshman Grayson Strode and freshman Cole Cary. Finishing in third was a second Sage entry: junior Luke Dunn, sophomore Tanner VanDalson and freshman Mason Cary.

This year's meet is May 6-7 at Carlyle Lake.

Meanwhile, area schools swept the state qualifying berths at Clinton. The host Maroons placed first, followed by St. Joseph-Ogden and DeLand-Weldon. The biggest bass was weighed in by SJ-O'S MASON SILVER, 3.69 pounds. He was part of an all-senior unit that advanced to state, joining JOEL FIRKINS and TYLE SHAW.

Clinton's team consisted of junior BRAD BURTON. junior ZACK NEWBERRY, sophomore LES TROTTER and freshman DREY REESE.

Representing DeLand-Weldon were senior TYLER YOKLEY, junior ADLAI SAYERS and sophomore GARRETT DUFF.

Fred Kroner

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