The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 9, 2013

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Whitehead gets All-American honor


COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. —  Danville Area Community College point guard Chris Whitehead added another honor to his year on Monday, being named to the NJCAA Division II First Team All-American team.

Whitehead, from New Albany, Ind., was Region 24 and Mid-West Athletic Player of the Year and averaged 12.3 points and 4.8 assists. He helped DACC spend every week in the Division II Top 20 and led it to a school record 28-4 record and a final ranking of second.

“This is a tremendous honor. I want to thank Coach Carpenter for giving me the opportunity, as well as the coaches and my team mates for their hard work,” Whitehead said. “My family and coaches have been so supportive and I can’t thank them enough.”

Whitehead is the first First Team All-American for DACC since the Jaguars moved to Division II in 1991 and is the fourth All-American in school history. Odell Tidwell was named Division I All-American in 1985, Marcus Thomas was named to the second team in 2008 and Durrell Robinson was named to the third team in 1997.

“Chris exemplifies the term All-American. He is a well-rounded young man, who was brought up the right way,” DACC coach Mike Carpenter said. “He is as just as good away from the court and in the classroom as he is on the court. We’re very proud of Chris and thank him for his efforts here at DACC.”


Oakwood 3

St. Joe-Ogden 0

ST. JOSEPH — Jake England only gave up three hits on the mound and hit a solo home run as the Comets shutout the Spartans.

“Jake is our ace and was not scheduled to pitch today but with inclement weather on the way, he may not have gotten a chance to pitch for a couple of weeks,” Oakwood coach Bob Sermak said. “He has pitched a no-hitter and now a three-hitter. It is still early in the season and his velocity still needs to pick up, but he is pitching well.”

Cameron Cawley added an RBI for the Comets, who are 5-1 and will play Westville on Wednesday.

Salt Fork 3

Westville 2

WESTVILLE — Cole Taylor struck out five batters on the mound and drove in a run at the plate as the Storm got past the Tigers.

Ross Learnard got the save and also drove in a run for Salt Fork, who will play Schlarman Academy on Wednesday.

Dillon Turner took the loss for Westville while Aaron Marx had two hits and a RBI and Trent Callison picked up an RBI.

Schlarman 3

Hoopeston Area 2

HOOPESTON — Dalton Dieu and Dylan Fischer each had a RBI as the Hilltoppers got past the Cornjerkers.

Mason Combs picked up the win on the mound for Schlarman, who will play Danville today at Danville Stadium.

Aidan Berg had a home run and two RBIs for Hoopeston Area, while Kendal Walder was 1-for-3 with a double.

Bis-Henn 12

A-P 0

POTOMAC — Dylan Dodd gave up only two hits as the Blue Devils shutout the Trojans.

Austin Reffett had two hits and two RBIs for Bismarck-Henning while Elijah Astell, Dustin Simpson, Jacob Howard, John Casey, Clayton Gutteridge and Patrick Ganley each had one RBI.

Dentler Loschen picked up the loss for Armstrong-Potomac, who is 0-6 and 0-4 in the Vermilion Valley Conference and will play Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman.


Milford 2

GEORGETOWN — Ethan Silva had two RBIs as the Buffaloes defeated the Bearcats.

Trevor Price struck out six batters and gave up only two hits on the mound for Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman, who is 5-2 and 4-1 in the VVC.


Schlarman 10

Hoopeston Area 6

HOOPESTON — Maria Rangel picked up the win on the mound and drove in two runs as the Hilltoppers defeated the Cornjerkers.

Sydne Bryant and Elizabeth Hawkins each had two RBIs for Schlarman while Lexi Rangel and Joslyn Dietzen each had one.

Kaelynn Longfellow had three hits and four RBIs for Hoopeston Area while losing pitcher Carissa Vaughn added one.

The Cornjerkers are 4-5 and 1-3 in the Vermilion Valley Conference and will face Clifton Central today.

Bis-Henn 14

A-P 8

ARMSTRONG — The Blue Devils were down 8-4 after the third inning but rallied back with 10 runs in the last three innings.

Lani Andrews had three RBIs for Bismarck-Henning while Emmie Hawkins had two and Lauren McKenzie, Megyn Clough, Lexi Ballard and Ashlee Ronto each had one.

Megan Cain had a home run and three RBIs for Armstrong-Potomac while Morgan Zindars, Megan Porter and Johanna Bruens each had one.

The Trojans are 2-3 and 1-3 in the VVC and will play Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley today while the Blue Devils are 4-4 and 3-1 and will play Hoopeston Area on Thursday.


Milford 0

GEORGETOWN — The Buffaloes scored all their runs in the first three innings to end the game with the Bearcats in five.

Catie Brandt had a home run and five RBIs for Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman, while Lexi Silva had four and Brittany hay had two RBIs.

Lee Ann Conrad gave up only two hits to get the win for the Buffaloes, who are 8-1 and 5-0 in the VVC and will take on Armstrong-Potomac on Wednesday.

Milford is 1-4 and will play Grace Baptist on Thursday.

Benton Central 12

Seeger 10

OXFORD, Ind. — Kirsten Irvine was 4-for-5 with four RBIs, but it was not enough as the Patriots lost to Benton Central.

Michelle Balliff had three hits and three RBIs for Seeger, who drops to 3-3 and will start Wabash River Conference play today against North Vermillion.

Frontier 5

Attica 1

CHALMERS, Ind. — The Red Ramblers only got two hits as they lost to Frontier in non-conference action.

Karrah Pattengale had a hit and scored the only run for Attica, who are 2-3 and will play Covington today in its WRC opener.


Seeger 5

Rockville 0

WEST LEBANON, Ind. — Miranda Synesael, Kiley Swisher and Shelby Brown each got singles wins as the Patriots cruised to a win in their first match of the season.

The doubles teams of Bridget McGowen and Emily Stevens and Jessi and Becky Middleton also got wins for Seeger, who will play Covington on Thursday.