Athletes of the Week: Witruk and Martin

Tori Witruk, St. Joseph-Ogden softball

Why she was chosen: The sophomore pitcher improved to 31-2 after the Spartans’ Class 2A sectional-final win on Thursday against Maroa-Forsyth and Monday’s 6-4 triumph against Eureka, one win shy of the single-season area record set by former Spartan Elizabeth Everingham.

Best of Fred: No. 10 — A difficult process

We are rapidly approaching my favorite time of the year as well as my least favorite time.

I have developed a love-hate relationship with the end of each prep season. It’s the time to recognize the many outstanding athletes in a sport.

That’s always a delight, honoring those who have achieved so much.

05-27-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

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Athletes of the Week: McClain and Evans

Amanda McClain,
Sullivan/Okaw Valley track and field

Why she was chosen: The senior won three events at the state meet and scored 34 points for the third-place Redskins. She was also part of the sixth-place 800-meter relay. Her wins were in the long jump, 400 and 200, giving her 15 total state medals in her career (out of a maximum of 16).

Area statistics: Boys' tennis (May 26)

Athlete, School    Pos.    Rec.    WP

S. Guo, University High    No. 6    6-0    1.000
Higgs, University High    No. 5    5-0    1.000

Centennial boys' tennis ends Central's reign

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial nearly played this season without two of its top players.

Sunny Singh was burnt out on tennis. Max Zheng was committed to playing travel soccer.

That left first-year Chargers coach Teri Scaggs scrambling a bit to convince her planned No. 1 singles player and half of her top doubles team to give tennis one more year.

Friday's highlights: Track and field trio shines

ST. JOSEPH — Unity boys’ track and field won three relays and five individual events to capture a Class 1A sectional title Friday.

Steven Migut (200-meter dash), Andrew Warnes (800), Aaron Luesse (110 and 300 hurdles) and Trevor Giannetti (triple jump) were sectional champs. Unity also won the 400, 800 and 3,200 relays.

M-S exploring league options

MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour Principal Shannon Cheek said the school may move toward a breakup with the Corn Belt Conference.

It’s a matter of competitiveness and compatibility, he said — particularly where enrollment is concerned.

“We’re growing,” he said. “Member schools of the Corn Belt are not.”

Athletes of the Week: Geubelle and Powell

Caroline Geubelle
St. Thomas More soccer

Why she was chosen: The St. Thomas More senior scored a goal in the Sabers’ 2-0 Class 1A regional semifinal win against Urbana University High before tallying two goals in a 3-1 victory against Charleston to help STM win a regional title. For the week, she scored or assisted on four of STM’s five goals.

Area statistics: Boys' tennis (May 19)

Player, School    Pos.    Rec.    WP
A. Scaggs, Centennial    No. 3    11-0    1.000
Zheng, Centennial    No. 2    9-0    1.000
S. Guo, University High    No. 6    6-0    1.000