Introducing our Athletes of the Week ... and their friends.
We let our stars share the spotlight with teammates
Like the past two years, we're giving our weekly honorees the chance to show off their teammates.
Like the past two years, we’re giving our weekly honorees a chance to show off their teammates:
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."
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."