Sports ranging from football to baseball, soccer, golf and volleyball are mainstays of our children’s lives today in the Heart of Illinois. Our news coverage is full of the problems our children face with balancing activities and school work, peer pressure, National athletes who fall short of being the heroes we expect them to be...the list goes on and on.

    So, HOI-19 and Jim Mattson want to make sure that student athletes in Central Illinois who are doing the right things and providing good examples to those who will fill their shoes in the years to come are highlighted each week on HOI-19 News.

    HOI-19 and Benningfield Chiropractic will award $50 grants weekly to the school of the Athlete of the Week. If you know of an athlete that is providing a good example in the community then submit them to be the Athlete of the Week.

    Middle School to High School classrooms are eligible, and must be located in one of the following counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, McLean, Fulton, Mason, Stark, Marshall, Putnam, or Livingston County. All applications will be evaluated and awarded by our Athlete of the Week Advisory Board comprised of Benningfield Chiropractic and HOI 19 staff committee members.

  • Metamora Redbirds win HOI-19 Athlete of the Week

    Metamora won 3rd place in state---and tonight the Redbirds also win the HOI-19 Athlete of the Week.

  • Metamora's Guerrero wins HOI-19 AOW

    Metamora's sophomore ace pitcher has 3 wins and 2 shutouts in the post-season. Tonight, he wins the WHOI Athlete of the Week.

  • Eureka's Brett Charlton wins the HOI-19 AOW

    With three state titles last week, Eureka sprinter Brett Charlton, Jr. wins our WHOI Athlete of the Week honor.

  • Normal West's Keely Theobald is HOI-19 AOW

    The Wildcats' soccer star wins our athlete of the week award.

  • Metamora's Will Koehrsen is HOI-19 AOW

    Koehrsen wins his 4th straight Mid-Illini tennis title.

  • Peoria Notre Dame's Gilbert wins HOI-19 AOW

  • Pekin's Cole Henderson wins HOI-19 AOW

    Pekin's track star is our WHOI Athlete of the Week.

  • East Peoria's Finck is the HOI-19 Athlete of the Week

    East Peoria's pitching and hitting star wins our Athlete of the Week award.

  • Lincoln's Gavin Block wins HOI-19 AOW

    Lincoln's junior star is our athlete of the week.