Prep insider: Mammen goes undefeated
Tigers' Mammen ends unbeaten
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — Junior CAMERON MAMMEN, from Urbana, won all seven of his matches at 170 pounds and helped undefeated Team Illinois win the NWCA/USA Scholastic High School Wrestling dual-meet national championship last weekend. Eighteen teams were entered.
Mammen pinned JAKE REED, who placed eighth in Indiana's one-class individual state tournament, in 1:34. He pinned Delaware state qualifier JAMES SHREVE in 31 seconds. He beat TYLER MORSON, who finished seventh in the Virginia state tournament, 8-3.
In the match between teams that wound up first and second in the event, Mammen decisioned JAKE MASSENGALE, a 50-match prep winner who was Indiana's state runner-up, 9-7. He followed with a 30-second fall against Kentucky state runner-up HIERO CHAMBLEE and then defeated a Class 3A state champion from Colorado, CALEB COPELAND, 15-4. In his final match, Mammen registered his third pin in less than a minute, needing just 30 seconds to dispatch Indiana state qualifier TANNER ADAMS.
Monticello wins bass tournament
CLINTON — Monticello teammates DYLAN KNISLEY and KYLE MYLER took first place last weekend in the third annual Argenta-Oreana Invitational Bass Tournament at Clinton Lake. They weighed in six fish, totaling 16.75 pounds.
The runners-up: Fisher's CAMERON HEISER and Oswego East's AMMAR USMANI weighed in six fish totaling 16.70 pounds. In third place was another Monticello entry, LUKE DUNN and TANNER VANDALSEN. Their six fish weighed 16.05 pounds.
Another Fisher entry was seventh in a field of 61 teams: JUSTIN CULBERTSON and JAKE WARMOTH weighed in six fish, totaling 14.80 pounds.
The IHSA's bass fishing sectionals are Friday. Eleven of the 12 schools competing at Clinton Lake are from the area, including Fisher and Monticello.
Seven other area schools are in a sectional at Lake Shelbyville. The state finals are May 4-5. A maximum of three boats from 19 sectionals will advance to the fourth annual state tournament at Carlyle Lake.
Call Hunter her team's 'MVP'
GIBSON CITY — Cleanup hitter JESSICA HUNTER is one of eight seniors who started for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley in Monday's Heart of Illinois Conference softball game against Blue Ridge. She was projected as the Falcons' third baseman in the preseason but shifted to her left when shortstop ANNIE SCHULTZ suffered a knee injury. She is also the backup pitcher for the state-ranked GCMS squad and could be called the team's most versatile player — or the MVP — because in her years in softball, Hunter has played every position.
Doehring left mark at Lovington
LOVINGTON — Former St. Joseph-Ogden coach and administrator DALE DOEHRING, who died last week at 66, also left his mark on the athletic program at Lovington High School.
He was the last football coach at the school to direct the Panthers to a conference championship (1971, Meridian Conference). That distinction will never change since Lovington will be absorbed into the Arthur school district at the end of the year.
DARRELL STEVENS was a senior captain who was a guard and defensive end on Lovington's final championship team, which had an 8-1 record. "It was a very tough time, the late 1960's and early '70's, and a young Coach Doehring faced many challenges," Stevens said. "He overcame them and taught us a lot about football and life. I considered him to be someone whom I admired."
Unity's Larson selects ONU
TOLONO — Senior AARON LARSON, from Unity, signed a letter of intent last week to continue his basketball career at Olivet Nazarene in Bradley. The All-Area first-teamer was third in the area in scoring (19.4 average), third in rebounding (10.9 average) and second in field goal accuracy (66.7 percent).
Sages' Watrous picks Lincoln Land
MONTICELLO — Senior JAIMEY WATROUS, from Monticello, has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Lincoln Land Community College. She also had offers to play volleyball in college. As a junior, Watrous went 9-5 and batted .336. This season, she is 11-2 with 61 strikeouts in 56 innings for a 14-2 team. An infielder, she is hitting .389.
Schlarman's Petersak makes choice
DANVILLE — Senior TANNA PETERSAK, from Schlarman, will sign a letter of intent on Friday to continue her basketball career at Olney Central College. As a senior, Petersak was seventh in the area in three-pointers (50) and tied for 18th in free throw accuracy (71.6 percent). She averaged 9.9 points per game. Petersak will major in communications.
M-S athletes headed to college
MAHOMET — Multiple Mahomet-Seymour athletes are signing letters of intent this week or will soon do so. Senior MATTHEW SCHAAP, from Mahomet-Seymour, will continue his running career at Trinity Christian College, in Palos Heights. He ranked fourth in the area last year in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.79 seconds, a mark that is sixth on M-S' all-time list. In his outdoor debut two Saturdays ago, Schaap was timed in 41.30. Among the others are golfers GARRETT COX (Bradley) and LYLE BURNS (Parkland), cross-country runner LUCAS PRATHER (Murray State) and All-Area volleyball standout EMMA CABUTTI (Parkland). Softball player KENDYL CUMMINS (MacMurray College) and track and field standout DEREK BUNCH (Indiana State) are others who have given commitments.
Tigers' Glass picks Joliet
URBANA — Senior BRANDON GLASS will sign a letter of intent next week to continue his basketball career at Joliet Junior College. The 6-foot-3 guard was an All-Area honorable mention selection who averaged 5.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Nearly half of his field goals (23 of 47) were from three-point range.
Vikings' Seyfert chooses Millikin
DANVILLE — Senior lineman JAMES SEYFERT, from Danville, has committed to Millikin University in Decatur, where he will join the football team and major in pre-engineering.
Seyfert was a guard and linebacker for the Vikings, earning three varsity letters and also an all-Big 12 Conference citation. Danville won 22 of 25 games his final two years.
Hall of Fame grows bigger
CHAMPAIGN — Six football coaches with area ties were enshrined into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame two weeks ago. The group includes current Danville coach B.J. LUKE, former Villa Grove coach TIM NOLEN, former Villa Grove coach KEVIN CRANDALL, former Gibson City coach RON METZ and former Watseka coach RICK ODGERS.
Also entering the Hall was MIKE HENNESSEY, who has coached Niles Notre Dame to the playoffs 12 times, including the past six years. His brother, Dan, is the football coach at St. Thomas More.