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Piatt's OT: Champaign Central volleyball to celebrate program icons

Mar. 28—Well, my bracket isn't perfect, but it certainly isn't in shambles. Yet, at least.

I picked a bunch of first-round upsets, and a bunch of first-round upsets happened. I just picked the wrong ones. I only got 10 of the Sweet 16 teams right, but I still have seven Elite Eight teams left, and my Final Four is completely intact.

I'm back in town this week after covering Illinois men's basketball on the road the last two weekends. Time for me to get back to the prep sports scene.

A look back

Vote for Athletes of the Week

This week's finalists on the boys' side are Jerrius Atkinson (Schlarman baseball), Taehan Lee (Uni High tennis), Eli Reichenbach (Rantoul baseball) and Peyton Sapp (Fisher baseball).

For the girls, we have Cam Bork (Iroquois West softball), Samantha Christman (Urbana soccer), Addy Sherrick (Rantoul softball) and Caydence Vermillion (Oakwood softball).

Reichenbach and Sapp are going down to the wire in the boys' vote, and Sherrick holds a slight lead over Christman in the girls' poll. If you haven't already, be sure to cast your vote before noon Thursday under the "Prep Sports" tab on news-gazette.com.

A look ahead

Maroon volleyball honoring program icons

In the late 1970s, Theresa Cochrane, Cathay Stukel, Jill Kalthenthaler and Jody Clasey were the stars. In the early '80s, it was Nancy Shaw, Jenny Miller and Paula Jones Hall's turn. Over the next couple decades, Brittney Greenwood and Julie Leman shined. Five years ago, Rylee Hinton led the way. And most recently, Kitty and Meg Rossow took the torch.

If you're a Champaign Central volleyball fan, you'll be more than familiar with these names. They're synonymous with success. Each of these women are either in the Maroons' hall of fame or have been the school's Female Athlete of the Year.

Next fall, the Central volleyball team will start a new project to celebrate the history of the program. Players will split into 11 groups, each representing the year of former Maroon legends, and compete throughout the season with different challenges.

This is a way for the Maroons to honor alumni who made a positive impact on the program, and they're hoping, in turn, it will make a positive impact for the program's future.

LET'S HAVE FUNdamental basketball tournament

Demetrius Wade, local basketball development specialist and founder of LET'S HAVE FUNdamental LLC based in Danville, is hosting his organization's third-annual three-on-three youth basketball tournament April 13-14 at the Roselawn Fitness Center.

Entree fees are $15 for 6-9-year-olds, $20 for 10-13-year-olds and $25 for 14-17-year-olds. There will also be a three-point contest and free-throw contest, which cost another $5 to enter. Along with the double-elimination tournament, the event will feature a concession stand, raffle, games, music and more.

All interested boys and girls ages 6-17 are encouraged to participate. Contact Wade at 773-986-9747 with any questions.

Shoutouts

Cam Bork, Iroquois West softball

Blasted two home runs and drove in five RBI in the Raiders' 7-6 win over Blue Ridge on March 20.

Caydence Vermillion, Oakwood softball

Hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Comets beat Fisher 6-5 on March 20.

Peace Bumba, Brody Cuppernell and Ben Horn, St. Thomas More football

All signed their letters of intent to continue their football careers in college last Thursday. Bumba signed with Indiana State University, and Cuppernell and Horn both signed with Aurora University.

Jerrius Atkinson, Schlarman baseball

Pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 14 strikeouts in the Hilltoppers' 12-2 win over Cornerstone Christian last Thursday. He also stole five bases in the game.

Addy Sherrick, Rantoul softball

Pitched a five-inning no-hitter with seven strikeouts in the Eagles' 11-0 win over Blue Ridge last Friday. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBI.

Koyie Williams, Monticello baseball

Notched a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Sages beat Westville 2-1 last Friday.

Olivia Terry and Champaign Central archery

Terry won an individual state archery title, and the Maroons captured the team championship last Saturday.

Nolan Earley, St. Joseph-Ogden baseball

Launched two home runs and drove in four RBI in the Spartans' 15-0 win over Salt Fork last Monday.

Soogyeom Park, Champaign Central baseball

Pitched the 46th no-hitter in school history to lead the Maroons to a 9-0 win over Hoopeston Area last Monday. He struck out 12 batters on the mound and picked up two hits at the plate.

Kaylyn Hayes, Armstrong-Potomac softball

Ended her four-hit performance last Tuesday with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Trojans beat Blue Ridge 9-8. She tallied a triple, two doubles and three RBI in the game.