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Athlete spotlights of the week: TF South’s Karrel Harvest and Illiana’s Mikayla Derks

LANSING, Ill. (May 28, 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 May 20-25

Karrel Harvest, TF South boys track
The senior wrapped up his high-school career by taking seventh in the Class 3A shot put at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston with a throw of 57-11.75.

Athlete Spotlights
Karrel Harvest. (Photo provided)

Female Athlete Spotlight for May 20-25

Mikayla Derks, Illiana Christian softball
The senior pitched both games for the Vikings at the Class 2A Andrean Sectional, a 5-0 semifinal win against the hosts and a 5-4, 10-inning loss to North Newton in the championship. Across 17 innings, she allowed 13 hits and five runs while striking out 14.

Mikayla Derks (Photo provided)


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.