Leach, fellow recruits cited
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An Indiana recruiting class that includes Centennial senior Morgan Leach was selected by prepvolleyball.com to its highest honorable mention list.
The website ranked the top 30 recruiting classes of 2011 and recognized selected others in the categories of highest honorable mention and high honorable mention. Leach, a 6-foot-3 middle blocker, was The News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year last season.
Ex-area player of year goes D-1
CHAMPAIGN — Two members of coach Karrie Redeker's 34-3 Parkland College women's basketball team — which placed third nationally — have announced their intentions to continue playing next year.
Former Area Player of the Year Hannah Ohl, from Bismarck-Henning, accepted a Division I scholarship from South Carolina Upstate, in Spartanburg. Ohl led the Cobras in scoring (11.7) and assists (3.2). She also averaged 4.7 rebounds and downed 49 three-pointers.
Lauren Taylor, from Sullivan, was second among the Cobras in assists and committed to Missouri Baptist. Taylor averaged 8.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Oakwood's Eickhoff all-stater
FITHIAN — Oakwood senior Michaela Eickhoff was chosen to the Illinois Journalism Education Association's all-state team. She was one of eight first-team selections and will be honored at a Saturday banquet in Springfield.
In the IHSA's state journalism competition, Eickhoff placed second in yearbook and second in two-page design and third in information graphics. Another Oakwood state-placer was senior Kendra Ford in newspaper page design.
Eickhoff is the third Oakwood student since 2006 to be chosen for all-state honors. She joins Jenna Hazelbaker (2006) and Megan Thilmony (2010).
Corn Belt honors scholars
Six area athletes are among 16 from the Corn Belt Conference chosen to the league's All-Academic team: Mahomet-Seymour's Grant Dukeman and Shelby Stucker; Prairie Central's Andy Hoselton and Brittiany Tjarks; and Rantoul's Jesse Remington and Adrianne Bishop.
Urbana picnic on tap
URBANA — The newly formed Friends of Urbana Sports group has scheduled a community picnic for June 25 (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) at the King Park Pavilion, in Urbana. The organization is a group committed to offering enhanced athletic and sports opportunities to youth in Urbana. For additional information, contact Tom Egelston at 217-390-5174.
Unity athlete picks NIU
TOLONO — Unity senior LYDIA MITCHELL, a three-time hurdles state-placer, will sign a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Northern Illinois University. The kinesiology major is expected to compete in the hepthalon for NIU.
Ex-Tiger Gay headed to Florida
URBANA — Former Urbana athlete Javarius Gay — who played basketball last season at Fishburne (Va.) Academy — has signed a letter of intent to play at St. Petersburg (Fla.) College.
The point guard, "will have the opportunity to get a tremendous amount of minutes," head coach Earnest Crumbley said. "He provides leadership and will make everybody else better.
"We brought him in for a visit, and liked what we saw. The choice was easy after that."
The 6-foot-1 Gay was an All-Area special mention choice in 2010.
Owen selects DACC
CHRISMAN — All-Area standout Cody Owen, from Chrisman, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball next year at Danville Area Community College. The 6-1 Owen, Chrisman's salutatorian, averaged a team-high 16.4 points per game as a senior and had 1,247 career points.
"Cody Owen personifies the term student-athlete," DACC coach Mike Carpenter said. "We look forward to him continuing his excellence on the court and in the classroom."
Record run for Rogers
FISHER — Senior Trey Rogers broke two career records and one season mark for Fisher's baseball program.
His 1.30 ERA bettered the 1.35 mark he established in 2010. His 276 strikeouts are a career record, shattering the mark of 258 held by Bunnies' coach Jon Kelly. Rogers' 2.15 career ERA lowered the career mark Kelly had set (2.88).
Rogers will play baseball next year at Heartland Community College. Other recent Fisher graduates who plan to continue in sports are volleyball players Olivia Downs (Roosevelt University) and Lindsey Williams (Millikin University) and softball player Amanda Cain (Heartland).
M-S athletes make choices
MAHOMET — Three Mahomet-Seymour athletes, including two from the girls' soccer team, signed letters of intent to participate in sports in college.
Midfielder Brooke Stevens will play soccer at Indiana Wesleyan. Goalkeeper Breanna Taylor will play at Heartland Community College.
Taylor played in 15 games and posted seven shutouts as a senior while allowing 10 goals. Stevens started every game the past three seasons and was voted by her teammates as the most valuable player as a senior.
Football quarterback Quentin McNew committed to the College of DuPage. In his final two seasons, McNew passed for 2,511 yards and threw 31 touchdown passes, helping the Bulldogs to consecutive playoff appearances.
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