With more and more specialization in sports, the number of three sport athletes continues to dwindle.
The few who do play, however, normally find success in all three.
That was the case this past year as Plainfield Central’s Akwasi Aikins was among the top athletes on his team in all three sports.
It was his track and field performance though that pushed him over the top. After nine straight months of playing high school sports, Aikins finished off his high school career by placing fourth in the state in the triple jump with a distance of 46-feet, 5.25-inches.
On the football field, Aikins ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns on offense and was the leader of the defense, making 52 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, with 5.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
On the wrestling mat, Aikins just missed out on a state berth after advancing to sectional competition.
For all of his success in a variety of athletic competitions, Aikins is the 2015 Voyager Media Male Multisport Athlete of the Year.
Aikins narrowly beat out a host of fellow District 202 stellar athletes. Jake Mayon and Cole Kotopka of Plainfield East were also successful three-sport athletes, while Daniel Jackson was successful in football and track. Central’s Kahmari Montgomery was a three-time state champion in track and also played football. Plainfield South’s Shane Ritter was all-area in both basketball and baseball.
Here are the rest of the top multisport athletes for their respective area:
Dimitri Akenten, BOLINGBROOK
The senior forward burst on the scene this year in basketball being known for doing the dirty work on the Raiders’ team that finished a school-best third in the state.
A starter, he averaged 8.3 points per game, grabbing 199 rebounds.
On the gridiron, the 6-foot, 4-inch Akenten was a weapon that helped the Bolingbrook offense stretch the field.
Caleb deMarigny, NILES
It will be strange, indeed, for the Maine South varsity basketball and baseball teams next winter and spring when they take to the court and the field without a familiar No. 10 in the lineup—the number deMarigny wore both as a three-year starting point guard and as a three-year starting shortstop.
The All-CSL South guard left his mark on the school record books, holding the all-time career and single-season records for assists, as well as being the all-time leader in career three-pointers. deMarigny was steady with the glove at short, hit in the cleanup spot this spring for the Hawks and also was utilized by coach Bill Milano as a spot starting pitcher.
Drake Fellows, JOLIET
A starter on the basketball and baseball team for Joliet Catholic Academy, Fellows brought his A-game to both sports.
On the diamond, the junior lost only one game all season, a nine-inning loss to Lemont in the playoffs, to nine wins. He posted one save on the season, while having a .575 ERA, a .753 WHIP, 98 strikeouts and only 11 walks.
On the hardwood, Fellows was a force inside for the Hilltoppers, using his ability to bang inside as well as hit the mid-range jump shot to help the team this season.
It is the second-straight season Fellows has been the Joliet-area nominee.
Kelvin Jones, ROMEOVILLE
The senior was a state qualifier in track and field, winning the Downers Grove South Sectional title in the discus with a throw of 169-07.
In football, Jones opened the season as the Spartans’ quarterback, but after a midseason injury moved to fullback and linebacker to best help the team.
For the season he threw for 468 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed for 545 yards on 102 carries with six touchdowns and caught five passes for 37 yards. Defensively, he had 15 tackles, two for a loss.
EJ Phillips, DOWNERS
Downers Grove North senior was a three-year player for the Trojans’ football team. He was a force on the defensive line, despite playing with a broken wrist and a torn labrum. He also was a Voyager Media All-Area selection.
On the wrestling mat, Phillips advanced to the state meet after placing second at both the regional and sectional levels.
Phillips is headed to Northern Michigan to continue his football career.