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Athletesof the WeekEllie EnglandUrbana, JuniorSoccerRecently: Had two goals and two assists for the Tigers in a 7-0 win against Danville.In her words: "We have a lot of potential. We will get better as the season goes along."I’m driving ... a Subaru Forester.I’m dying to see ... "Pitch Perfect." Again.

Athletes of the WeekChantal MeachamCentennial, SeniorBasketballRecently: Lock-down defender hit three three-pointers in back-to-back postseason games as the third-ranked Chargers won their third consecutive regional championship.

Tanner VanDalsenMonticello, SeniorWrestlingRecently: Followed up on regional title with a sectional crown, decisioning the same 195-pound foe in the finals in consecutive weeks. He’s ranked sixth this week entering state.In his own words: "All the hard work I put in paid off. I wrestled all year long, giving up football."

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URBANA – The names are ones of multi-sport Urbana High athletes from nearly a quarter of a century ago: Kirk Mammen, Mark Mammen and Dave Williams.The individuals are ones, however, who are still prominent in the sporting community.They might be more recognizable by their stage names as SuperDome, Tanglefoot Jones and Six-burgh.

Steve WillardARMSTRONG – Bob Bezely started teaching and coaching in the Armstrong school district in 1957. More than a half-century later, he remains active with the district as a bus driver. His lengthy tenure means one thing: He has seen hundreds and hundreds of athletes.

At 12:30 p.m. every Thursday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will chat about everything preps. TO CELEBRATE his return, he's got UI football tickets to give away to the best question. Ask him about Danville's chances to win a football state title, who will win Friday's Unity-Tuscola sho…

Tyler BuhsGCMS senior, BaseballRecently: Helped the Falcons to a five-win week. He pitched an eight-inning, three-hit shutout (10 strikeouts) in a 1-0 win against Woodland-Flanagan-Cornell. He also hit a home run in a 4-0 win against Deer Creek-Mackinaw.

Doug KyrouacChampaign Central senior, baseballRecently: had hits in 13 consecutive at-bats, a state record, which covered parts of four games.Quote: "It's always been fun; sometimes the hits just fall."My favorite band is ... Third Eye Blind.My favorite athlete is ... Archie Manning.My hero outside of athletics is ... Itch Jones.If I were not competing I would be ... doing more with scholastic bowl.

Ryan AndersonSalt Fork junior, BasketballRecent accomplishments: He scored a game-high 24 points in the Storm's sectional championship-game victory against Macon Meridian.Quote: "It was a good night. I was hitting my shots after being in a bit of a slump, and my teammates had to carry the load."My most memorable moment in athletics is ... winning state in eighth grade.My favorite subject is ... U.S. history.My favorite movie is ... "Law Abiding Citizen."

Salt Fork junior Joel Learnard and Champaign Central senior Kierra Robinson are our Athletes of the Week: 

GCMS/Fisher senior wrestler Guy Kirby and St. Joseph-Ogden senior basketball player Rachael Graham are our Athletes of the Week: 

Georgetown-Ridge Farm sophomore Korie Vire and Centennial freshman Katelynn Martinez are our Athletes of the Week:

Rantoul junior wrestler Isaiah Butts and St. Thomas  More senior basketball player Gina Hinders are our Athletes of the Week: 

Fisher senior Bryan Enos and Judah Christian junior Uzuri Williams are this week's honorees

Champaign Central senior Adam Acheson and Oakwood senior Amy Martin are this week's honorees

Tuscola junior Jud Wienke and Shiloh senior Taylor Hawkins are this week's honorees

Unity junior football player Seth Gooch and Bismarck-Henning senior Jessica Brito are our Athletes of the Week: 

GCMS senior Michael Romshek and Danville senior Lauren Drennan are this week's honorees

Tuscola sophomore Phillip Meyer and Centennial junior Morgan Leach are our Athletes of the Week

Bismarck-Henning senior Michael Grant and Champaign Central senior Maeve Aquino are our Athletes of the Week.