This will be as close as we get to being part of the Instagram or Twitter community, but the following are some shout outs to a half dozen student-athletes who have put in the time, effort and due-diligence to be successful on and off from the athletic arena. The list appears alphabetically:

Hailey Flowers

After being the second option behind Lauren Rokey, the Eureka hitter took the bull by the horns so to speak and guided the Hornets to two more berths in the supersectional and extended their string of 30-win seasons to three straight. A combination of height (6-foot), vertical leap and length made her lethal particularly along the net

Her hitting skills resulted in a volleyball scholarship to Radford University in Virginia in the fall

Derek May

One of two three-sport athletes recognized, the Fieldcrest senior has been chosen to the Heart of Illinois Conference first team on three occasions as a wide receiver in football. He is a four-year player on the basketball team and went over 1,000 points during the season to help lead the Knights to back-to-back regional titles

In addition, May is a four-year starter on the baseball team

Paige Sauder

Playing volleyball for her mother, Jodie, the younger Sauder assisted in Roanoke-Benson amassing a string of 40 consecutive Tri-County Conference match victories and four straight regular season titles

Like most offspring who has a parent as a coach, Paige Sauder has that innate seventh sense that can be a difference maker for a team. In simpler terms, a second coach on the floor

Jake Weber

The second of our three-sport athletes, this R-B senior runs the soccer fields in the fall, the basketball court in the winter and the baseball diamond in the spring

He recently joined the 1,000-point club in hoops and is a four-year starter in baseball. Weber has been named to the TCC first squad in both basketball and baseball

Asher Wiegand

If there is a tougher teenager than this Eureka senior, that’d be news. His father Matt, informed us a few days ago that his son wrestled the final two-plus months of the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right thumb. The UCL tear is the same injury that is horrifically prevalent in baseball and is known as Tommy John surgery. As a grappler, two healthy arms are ideal. How the younger Wiegand preserved and was as successful as he was with one is downright remarkable

Four trips to Champaign finally resulted in same hardware, as he placed fourth at 126 pounds. He joined his father and his uncle Luke on the medal stand. Oh by the way, Asher Wiegand posted a 135-28 career record on the mats, which is an 828 winning percentage. That may not be in Cael Sanderson territory, but impressive nevertheless

Keegan Zimmerman

 Not too many players have made the strides in the short amount of time that the Eureka senior basketballer has made. A lot of that was due to a growth spurt, which transitioned the lanky 6-7 Zimmerman from strictly an outside shooter to an inside threat

This past season, Zimmerman put it all together, as he set a new single season scoring record that had stood for over four decades. To top that off, he scored his 1,000th point in what turned out to be his final high school game. If only he had a more consistent second offensive option


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