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Kevin Hieronymus

DePue basketball under new direction

DePue High School will have a pair of new head coaches this basketball season.

Charlie Klinefelter takes over as the boys head coach. The “Chef” is no stranger to the Little Giants program, having serving as an assistant for former head coach Gilbert Moreno.

The new coach at school is Peter Perkins, who takes over the girls program. He has been a PE teacher/assistant coach in the Pembroke School District most recently and previously served as athletic director.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Perkins also taught at St. Anne High School and was a fundraiser for the Kankakee County Soldiers semipro basketball team.

Family feud: Brothers Drew and Mike Himes, Princeton natives, will be on opposite sides of the field when Mount Carmel and Downers Grove North clash in Saturday’s 7A quarterfinal playoff game in Downers Grove. Drew, 30, works with the punters at DGN. He was a punter at Illinois Wesleyan. Big brother, Mike, 33, heads up the school’s TV production for Mount Carmel football games.

Both baseball coaches, they have been anticipating a family feud on the ball diamond, but have found it comes first on the gridiron.

Kamphuis commits: Former Princeton softball player Brooke Kamphuis has committed to playing for Mount Olive College, a Division II school in Mount Olive, N.C. Her signing day will be Nov. 22

Kamphuis played two seasons at Princeton, before moving during the 2012-13 school year to Garner, N.C., where her family later relocated.

She played second base last spring for Garner Magnet High School, a Class 4A school with 2,500 students, batting .440 with 21 stolen bases. She earned All-Conference, All-District and All-State recognition.

Kamphuis also plays for the NC Challengers 18U travel team during the offseason.

On the Crossroads: Students and teachers from Crossroads High School in Tiskilwa recently competed in the Race for the Nations 5K run in Moline. Mauricio Jones placed first and Vanessa Ordonez was second in their age category. Teacher Beth Jones placed third.

This race is sponsored by World Relief Moline, a not-for-profit agency providing services to refugees and immigrants in western Illinois and eastern Iowa. Trophies for top winners were hand-crafted wooden pieces made by an artist who resettled to the Quad-Cities area from Africa.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com