Athletes of the Week

2013-03-11T22:04:00Z Athletes of the Week
March 11, 2013 10:04 pm

Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features the performances of top local high school athletes.

Kelsie Abolt, Charleston girls’ track, senior

For the second straight week Abolt broke her own school record in the pole vault. This time it was in the Charleston girls’ Indoor Invitational at Lantz Fieldhouse on the campus of Eastern Illinois Saturday. Abolt went 10 feet, 9 inches, earning second place. The Lady Trojans are coached by Barb Heitka and Kim Sherwood.

Mollie Bowman, Sullivan-Okaw Valley girls’ track, junior

Bowman won the triple jump Saturday at the Charleston Indoor meet Saturday with a leap of 33-3. She was also part of the third place 4x200 relay team that finished in a time of 1:52.5 for coach Kali Taylor’s squad.

Courtney Croy, Neoga girls’ track, junior

Croy, coached by Tim Mueller, won the long jump with a leap of 17-4 Saturday at Lantz Fieldhouse. She also helped the 4x200 relay place second with a time of 1:52.36.

Amanda McClain, Sullivan-Okaw Valley girls’ track, sophomore

McClain won the 400 with a time of 59.54 seconds in the 30th annual Charleston girls’ Indoor track meet at Eastern Illinois University’s Lantz Fieldhouse. She was also part of the third-place 4x200 relay team and third in the long jump with a leap of 16-7 as she helped the Lady Redskins place fourth overall with 32 points.

Grant Speer, Mattoon boys’ basketball, 6-2 F, senior

Speer, coached by Josh Forsythe, advanced from the sectional semifinals March 5 by being one of the top four in the Country Financial Three-Point contest. He then advanced to Thursday’s Illinois High School Association Class 3A state preliminaries at Peoria’s Carver Arena by making nine-of-15 prior to the Mount Zion Sectional championship game as he was among the top four in the competition.

Contact Mike Monahan at or 238-6854.

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