Athletes of the Week
Jonah Peoples, Centennial, Senior, Track and field
Recently: Won the 110-meter hurdles during last Friday’s Gene Ward Invitational with a time of 14.80 seconds, which is the area’s best time in the event by more than half a second.
In his words ... “The Gene Ward was a good meet. I had a lot of fun running it. Overall, I thought that I ran pretty strong.”
The hardest part about hurdling ... Mentally getting over the hurdles
Who does better with the ladies, hurdlers or throwers? I’d say hurdlers. We’re more flexible.
Cleared his first hurdle ... my freshman year, but it was terrible. In my first meet ever I tripped over the hurdle and fell into my cousin’s lane. I jumped over his hurdle and then kept on running.
What’s improved since then? I’ve just gotten over my fear of falling over the hurdles.
I’m driving ... a 1995 Buick LeSabre.
My first job ... A cleaning service with my aunt
I’m dying to see ... “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
I need concert tickets to ... Of Monsters and Men.
In five years ... hopefully I’m at the Olympics.
Centennial High is ... strange.
Honorable mention: Kyle Brazas, Westville baseball; Jake Cribbett, Champaign Central baseball; Alec Dutton, Salt Fork track and field; Dylan Hamilton, Judah Christian baseball; Nick Hess, St. Thomas More track and field; Tyler McCormick, St. Joseph-Ogden baseball; Ryan Pearce, Villa Grove track and field; Chris Reinhart, LeRoy baseball; Chuckie Robinson, Danville baseball; Will Small, Centennial tennis; Forrest Smoes, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Vinny Strack, Monticello track and field; Jeremy Yoon, Centennial tennis
Kylie Lesko, Westville, Sophomore, Softball
Recently: Threw a no-hitter during a 12-0 win in five innings last Saturday at Milford. She struck out 12 in the win, and her other three outs came on ground balls, two of which were hit back to her in the pitcher’s circle. She contributed at the plate, too, smacking two doubles and driving in four runs.
In her words ... “I honestly didn’t even realize I threw a no-hitter. The pitcher on the other team came up to me and asked if I realized what I had just done. I was like, ‘Oh, wow!’ and then everybody was just coming up to me saying congratulations.”
I started pitching ... when I was 6. I like being able to focus in on what I’m doing, and I like knowing exactly where I want to throw something.
My favorite team is ... the Cubs.
Is this the year? I sure hope so.
My best pitch is ... my inside curveball.
I’m driving ... I don’t have my driver’s license yet, but I have a 2002 Malibu waiting for me.
My first job ... I’m not employed yet, but probably mowing the yard.
I’m dying to see ... “Evil Dead.”
I’m texting ... my boyfriend, Kacey Crippin.
I need concert tickets to ... Lil’ Wayne.
In five years ... I’m hopefully playing college softball in California.
Westville is ... really fun and different than most schools around here.
Honorable mention: Ellen Beverly, Urbana softball; Catie Brandt, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman softball; Elizabeth Bristow, St. Thomas More track and field; Loren Brooks, St. Joseph-Ogden track and field; Kristi Burghart, Danville softball; Mickaela Fleming, St. Joseph-Ogden softball; Haley Ginger, Clinton softball; Ashley Greazer, First Baptist soccer; Katie McTaggart, Watseka softball; Dagny Olson, Centennial soccer; Maria Rangel, Schlarman softball; Maggie Utgaard, Monticello track and field; Michaela Ward, St. Thomas More soccer