MAHOMET — For four years, Lauren Whitehouse led the way in training and races for the Mahomet-Seymour cross-country team.
Next year, she’ll finally be able to follow.
The senior signed last week to run at Ball State, where she’ll compete for a team that finished 12th in the Mid-American Conference with a team that included three sophomores, two freshmen and no seniors.
PHOENIX — The thought that disaster would strike again would only have been natural for Parkland College volleyball coach Cliff Hastings.
In the previous two seasons, it did. Twice in a row, his Cobras lost in the national championship match in heartbreaking fashion.
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More volleyball player Mica Allison didn’t intend on committing to Auburn this weekend.
She was simply at the school on an impromptu visit with her family and it struck her – she was far away from Champaign, but she wanted to call this place home.
PHOENIX — Parkland is back in the NJCAA Division II National Championship match. And after two years of falling short, the Cobras are primed to leave Phoenix College Gymnasium with a national title.
PHOENIX — Parkland’s dominant start in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II National Championship allowed Cliff Hastings to utilize his deep bench, pulling his starters after one set.
CHAMPAIGN — Cliff Hastings hears the same thing nearly every time Miaya Peacock lines up on the outside to take swings during warmups.
“Before even warmups start, a common question is, ‘Oh, is your main outside hurt? I see your (defensive specialist) is playing outside for you,’ ” Hastings said.
He has just one answer for that particular question.
CHAMPAIGN — Laura Gross had her plan set. She was going to follow a standout career at Schlarman with four years at McKendree, scholarship offer in hand.
Then McKendree coach Lisa Orlet left the team in the middle of last season — a change that forced Gross to re-evaluate her decision. If McKendree wasn’t the place she wanted to be, maybe Parkland was.
CHAMPAIGN — Normally, a few kids bask in the spotlight on Signing Day at Champaign Central, signing their Division I letters of intent along with a small contingent of elite athletes.
This year, that’s not the case.
Seven athletes who played sports for Central this year or last signed letters of intent Tuesday.
St. Joseph-Ogden football
Why he was chosen: The Spartans senior running back compiled 261 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in SJ-O’s 26-21 Class 3A state quarterfinal win at Bloomington Central Catholic this past Saturday, leading the Spartans into the state semifinals for the sixth time in school history.