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Athlete spotlights of the week: Marian Catholic’s Phoenix McGruder, TF South’s Janiya Lucas

LANSING, Ill. (April 15, 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 April 1-6

Phoenix McGruder, Marian Catholic boys volleyball
The senior had 44 kills as the Spartans went 5-0 for the week, including finishing first in their own invitational.

Phoenix McGruder (Photo provided by Marian Catholic)

Female Athlete Spotlight for April 1-6

Janiya Lucas, TF South girls outdoor track
The senior had four top-three finishes at the Stagg Co-Ed Invitational, including a first in the 200 meters (26.09). She also was runner-up in the 100 (12.68) and ran on the second-place 800 relay team and third-place 400 relay team.

Janiya Lucas. (Photo provided by TFS)


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.