Several local former athletes and current coaches were elected to the hall of fame in their various sports recently.
Rock Falls baseball coach Donnie Chappell was selected as part of the Class of 2022 to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, while Newman assistant coach Tim Nelson was honored as part of the Class of 2022 for the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association.
Four former area basketball players were elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame: the Rock Falls trio of Jorge Acosta, Bryan Boerjan and Brian Vance, along with Forreston’s Jonathan Schneiderman.
Area football players named all-state
The Champaign News-Gazette released its 86th All-State Football Team on Christmas Day, and a few area players were honored.
Byron senior running back Chandler Binkley and Lena-Winslow senior defensive back Marey Roby were both named to the first team, while Forreston senior running back Matthew Beltran, Polo junior running back Avery Grenoble, and Byron senior defensive back Ethan Palzkill were selected to the Special Mention 100 list.
Locals litter all-state volleyball team
The Champaign News-Gazette released its 40th All-State Volleyball Team on Christmas Day, and several local players were honored.
Sterling junior outside hitter Grace Egan and Forreston senior libero Kara Erdmann were both named to the second team, while Polo senior outside Nicole Boelens, Eastland senior outside Addison Burkholder, and Eastland senior libero Chloe Sweitzer were Special Mention 50 selections.
Newman senior outside Ally Clevenger, Rock Falls senior middle Mallory Pinske, and Rock Falls senior outside Maya Sands were named to the Honorable Mention 100.
Seniors hit the lanes in December
The Sauk Valley Senior Bowlers played throughout December at Plum Hollow Lanes in Dixon, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m.
High games and series for each bowler for the month were: Bill Bontz 183 games, 456 series; Connie Bontz 152, 417; Dave Bucher 165, 436, Korona Burkitt 89, 248; Norma Burmeister 187, 486; Steve Byars 180, 503; Ron Chamberlain 174, 499; Chico Contreras 214, 522; Ray Craney 155, 398; Charlotte Dierdorff 155, 387; Aniti Dunphy 171, 457; Dan Dunphy 225, 608; Ron Erickson 236, 705; Barb Jacobs 162, 436; Dave Jacobs 169, 477; Carole Janes 151, 391; Terry Janes 131, NA; Dick Janssen 227, 577; Bob Joyce 156, 449; Jan Kuepker 133, 356; Ken Masters 198, 533; Ron Meagher 224, 575; Ron Odenthal 183, 513; Linda Richards 193, 531; Cruz Rivera 215, 528; Rich Senn 161, 380; Jim Shuman 156, 419; Therma Smith 184, 389; Glenn Stroh 120, 278; Dee Szymanski 152, 407; Ed Webb 153, 404; Shirley Webb 107, 293; Charlie Werner 198, 487; LaVerne Woesner 172, 459; Jay Wolfe 221, 538.