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Athlete spotlights of the week: Illiana’s Zack Vervlied and Marian’s Vesta Radziute

LANSING, Ill. (February 22, 2024) – 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 for February 12-17

Zack Vervlied, Illiana Christian boys swimming
The junior won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.00 and the 100 butterfly in 49.85 at the Lake Central Sectional, qualifying for state in both events.

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Zack Vervlied. (Photo provided by Illiana Christian High School)

Female Athlete Spotlight for February 12-17

Vesta Radziute, Marian Catholic girls basketball
The freshman scored 11 points in a 72-16 Class 3A regional semifinal win against Thornridge and had 12 points in a 62-13 regional final victory over Bremen.

Vesta Radziute. (Photo provided by Marian Catholic High School)

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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.