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Athlete spotlights of the week: TFN’s Dominic Gradford, Illiana’s Avery Olthof

LANSING, Ill. (September 17, 2023) – Each week, the Lansing Journal will spotlight notable performances by athletes in our coverage area. Coaches and athletic directors may submit nominations by noon Monday via email to: [email protected].

Male Athlete Spotlight

Dominic Gradford, TF North football

The senior passed for 84 yards and a touchdown, and ran for another 62 yards as the Meteors beat District 215 rival TF South 17-14 to regain the Wooden Shoe-Mushroom Trophy for the first time since 2019.

Dominic Gradford (Photo provided)

Female Athlete Spotlight

Avery Olthof, Illiana Christian girls cross country

The senior finished seventh in the Class AA race at the New Prairie Invitational, running 20:05.40 for 5,000 meters to lead the Vikings to second place among 22 full teams.

Avery Olthof


Mike Clark
Mike Clark
Mike Clark is a veteran journalist who has been covering sports in the Chicago area and beyond, from preps to pros, for more than four decades.