At 35, Gia Lewis-Smallwood is still going strong. The former Centennial and Illini athlete just won the U.S. discus title. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with the 2012 Olympian, who was on a flight Thursday for upcoming meets in Paris and Glasgow, Scotland.
Tell me about your latest win.
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
High school sports have impacted my life in many different ways. Being a captain in softball and basketball has led me to become a leader in every aspect of my life.
We asked Fisher’s Josh Wallick what high school sports meant to him:
High school athletics helped mold me as an individual. Creating a personal identity for yourself in high school is important because it changes how you interact with others in high school.
Where do you think the Central athletic facilities rank in the Big 12?
Dani Bunch didn’t get to sit around and celebrate her accomplishment Monday night.
The thrower on the Purdue track and field team and former Mahomet-Seymour product was on a flight from Indianapolis to Sacramento, Calif.
But when the plane landed in Phoenix so she could reach her connecting flight, Bunch’s phone was going berserk.
Becky Clayton Anderson played high school basketball for a team called the Redskins (Sullivan).
In the fall, she’ll have a daughter entering high school where the team nickname is the Braves (Mount Zion).
DANVILLE — Johnny Leverenz doesn’t give off the air of importance.
Like he’s a big deal. At all.
The recent Danville graduate is. Even if he won’t tell you.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Had three individuals earn All-State honors in four different events and the Warriors finished third in Class 1A as a team at state meet, the program’s highest finish since 2008. Also helped Tuscola win a 1A sectional championship, edging host Shelbyville by one point.
NAME SCHOOL YR.
Emily Allhands Watseka Jr.
Becca Anderson Clinton Jr.
Anna Auten Monticello Jr.
Mikayla Baillie Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley So.