Sarah Bell (left) and Randy Heideman (right) have been named 2013 Athletes of the Year by the Bloomington-Normal Sports Commission. (Photo by Eric Stock/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
Normal Community senior Randy Heideman and Central Catholic senior Sarah Bell earned Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards at the 6th Annual State Farm Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Bloomington.
Heideman is a four-year, three-sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball). Randy was also a member of the NCHS Student Council, ROCS mentor program and is a camp counselor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"I grew up in a great community with so much support. It's been a fun childhood here in Bloomington-Normal. I've loved every second of it. Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout the way," Heideman said.
Heideman will attend Miami of Ohio on a football scholarship this fall.
Bell won state titles in the pole vault in 2010 and 2012 and currently ranks fifth in the pole vault in the nation. The four-year golf and track and field team member will attend Vanderbilt University on a track scholarship this fall.
"I know it's something that doesn't come every day. All I can do is thank everyone who got me here. It's just very special," Bell said.
The event is sponsored by the Bloomington-Normal Sports Commission.
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