Newbanks to Saint Louis
ARGENTA — Argenta-Oreana senior Cami Newbanks signed a letter of intent to attend and play softball at Saint Louis University on Friday.
Newbanks was a Herald & Review All-Macon County player at catcher for the Bombers last season, batting .670 with a 1.072 slugging percentage, 28 extra-base hits and 55 RBIs. Newbanks helped lead the Bombers to a third-place finish in Class 1A — best in program history.
Saint Louis is an NCAA Division I team playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Odam picks Central Missouri
TAYLORVILLE — Herald & Review Area Football Player of the Year Brandon Odam has announced his commitment to play football at Division II Central Missouri.
Odam, a Taylorville quarterback, threw for 3,578 yards while completing 70 percent of his passes for 40 touchdowns, and rushed for 813 yards and 13 scores for Taylorville on the way to the Class 4A state quarterfinals.
“I have the best family, coaches, and community a kid could ask for,” Odam wrote in a tweet. “I wouldn’t be in this position without them. I’ll always remember what and where I came from. Now, I’m extremely humbled and excited to be committed to the University of Central Missouri!!”
Central Missouri is located in Warrensburg, Mo. and plays in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Terneus commits to UIC
WARRENSBURG — Warrensburg-Latham senior Owen Terneus will sign his National Letter of Intent to run track at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 8 at Warrensburg-Latham.
UIC is a Division I track program. Terneus was on last season’s fifth-place 4x400-meter relay team for the Cardinals at the Class 1A state track and field meet. He also qualified for state in the 800-meter run as a junior.
Tournament of Friends underway
DECATUR — The annual Decatur Youth Hockey League Tournament of Friends is underway at the Decatur Civic Center.
The tournament, which began Friday and runs through Sunday, is a hockey tournament for players 10-and-under and 8-and-under in its 29th year. It includes 150 kids representing teams from Decatur, Champaign, St Louis, Peoria, Pekin, and Springfield.
A DYHA fundraiser will be held during the event. The Tournament of Friends memorializes a past DYHA member who died in a fire as a young man.