Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from Sept. 25 through Sept. 30:

Reese Bergstrom/Jake Ghere, Mattoon soccer, GK/MF juniors

Mattoon won all four of its games during the week, including all three in its own tournament. The Green Wave started the week with a 5-0 win over Effingham in an Apollo Conference contest. Mattoon is 6-0-1 in the Apollo. In the tournament Mattoon beat Lincoln (7-0), Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (7-0) and St. Joseph-Ogden (5-0) to improve to 15-2-2. Bergstrom had all of the shutouts to give him 11 on the season and 28 for his career, which set a new school record. The old mark was held by Will Hopkins with 27. Ghere finished the week with 11 goals and an assist. He broke the single season mark with 33. The previous record was 31 held by AJ Nichols in 2012 with 31.

Caden Ellis, Sullivan boys' golf, junior

Ellis was the individual medalist in the Central Illinois Conference meet at Eagle Creek with a 77, earning all-conference honors. He won by six strokes. Earlier in the week he was the medalist with a 35 as Sullivan beat Teutopolis 164-168 at the Effingham Country Club. The Redskins finished with a 19-1 season.

Gabe Hatfill/Tyson Magee, Cumberland football, 6-4 200 QB/DB junir and 6-3, 200 TE/DB senior

Cumberland won its fifth straight game beating Oblong 41-6 in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division game. The Pirates became playoff eligible with the win and improved to 3-0 in the division. Hatfill was 8-of-13 for 145 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. on the Pirates Homecoming game. He threw touchdowns of 30, 27, 3, and 15 yards. Magee caught three passes and all were for touchdowns (30, 27 and 3 yards) for a total of 60 yards. Magee was also in on three tackles.

Caleb Hill, Neoga baseball, 5-11 1B/P junior

Neoga went 2-0 during the week beating Ramsey 17-2 in a non-conference record and blanking Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 10-0 in a National Trail Conference game At the plate Hill was 7-for-7 with 5 runs, a double, two home runs and three stolen bases. He was the winning pitcher against CH/BC throwing three innings and allowing 0 hits with two walks and four strikeouts. 

Joey Keske, Tri-County football,  RB/LB senior

Tri-County improved to 3-3 overall and is having their best season since 2014 as they defeated Martinsville 27-20 Friday in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division game. The Titans are 2-1 in the division. Keske made it a memorable Homecoming game as he had 31 carries for 212 yards and scored on runs of one and nine yards. He also caught a pass for 11 yards and led the Titan defense with 10.5 tackles.

Ben Lanman, Charleston boys' golf, 

Lanman led Charleston to a 155-173 win over Salem with a 37 and finished second in the Apollo Conference meet  after two playoff holes with a 73. He helped Charleston win the Apollo by 20 strokes. The Trojans finished 19-0.

Abe Lee/Summerlyn Smith, Mattoon volleyball, 6-0 OH senior/5-10 S junior

Mattoon won two Apollo Conference games during the week beating Charleston 25-20, 27-25 and earned its 20th win beating Mahomet-Seymour 21-25, 25-22, 25-23. Smith had 5 aces, 11 kills, 26 assists, and 15 digs for the week, while Lee had 17 kills and 16 digs. The Green Wave is 20-5 overall and 7-1 in the conference.

Nick Nguyen, Mattoon boys' golf, senior

Nguyen won in two playoff holes over Charleston's Ben Lanman to earn top honors at the Apollo Conference meet with a 73. Mattoon finished second overall at Taylorville.

Nick Oakley, Charleston boys' cross country, senior

Oakley won the Robinson Invitational with a time of 15:12.88 as Charleston won the 22-team meet with an 84. Oakley's time was 27.61 seconds faster than the second place runner.

Alexis Orlik/Eve Rudibaugh, Charleston tennis, junior/freshman

Orlik and Rudibuagh won their No. 3 doubles match 7-6(3), 6-2 over Elizabeth Will and Maria Vahling of Teutopolis in a 7-2 loss and Rudibaugh beat Will at the No. 6 singles 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. In the Apollo Conference meet Friday and Saturday at Mount Zion Orlik won the No. 5 singles title beating Mattoon's Amari Brown 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the championship after beating Lincoln's Brooke Montcalm 6-0, 6-0. Rudibaugh beat Effingham's Riley Arend 6-1, 6-0 and won the No. 6 singles title with a 7-5 (10-8), 6-1 win over Mount Zion's Emily Carnahan. In doubles the pair went 1-2 finishing fourth. As a team the Lady Trojans placed fourth. 

Turner Pullen/Brett Spears, Shelbyville football, 6-3, 200 QB/FS and 5-10 150 WR/DB seniors

Shelbyville became playoff eligible with an easy 44-7 Central Illinois Conference win over Meridian. Spears had two carries for 16 yards and caught three passes for 46 yards, including two touchdowns of 20 and eight yards respectively. He also had 1.5 tackles and returned three punts for 12 yards. He caught kicked two point after touchdowns. Pullen was 10-of-20 for 163 yards and four touchdowns (20, 6, 8 and 30 yards) and had eight carries for 49 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run. He ran for one two-point conversion and threw for another. The Rams are 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the CIC.

Jae Lynn Riggleman, Casey-Westfield volleyball, S junior

Casey-Wesfield defeated Lawrenceville 26-28, 25-23, 25-20 and Robinsoni 19-25, 25-16, 25-18 in Little Illini Conference games. The Lady Warriors are 6-15 overall and 3-2 in the conference. Riggleman had 1 ace, 6 kills, 7 blocks, 27 assists and 19 digs for the week.

Megan Schlechte, Mackenzi Tabbert, WSS volleyball, 5-11 OH /5-6 S/OH juniors

WSS went 3-0 during the week with victories over Shelbyville (25-16, 17-25, 25-21), Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City (25-17, 25-18) and North Clay (25-21, 25-21). The Hatchets are 13-2 and 7-0 in the National Trail Conference. The CH/BC and North Clay games were NTC contests. Tabbert finished with 4 aces, 6 kills, 53 assists, 15 digs and 6 blocks, while Schlechte had 3 aces, 41 kills, 3 assists, 17 digs and 3.5 blocks.

Conner Strader, Arcola football, 5-11, 155 QB/DB senior

Arcola knocked Decatur LSA from the ranks of the undefeated with a 20-14 Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division game. Strader had 32 carries for 171 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 12 and one yard respectively. He was 3-of-9 for 26 yards passing and on defense was second on the team with six tackles. The Purple Riders are 4-2 overall and 2-1 in division play.

Marcus Vanausdoll, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond football, 6-1, 195 RB/LB senior

A-L-A-H blanked Sangamon Valley 19-0 to improve to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the LOVC NW Division. Vanausdoll had 24 carries for 167 yards and scored the only two touchdowns of the game on runs of 20 and seven yards respectively. He also averaged 33.7 yards a punt and led the defense in tackles with 13.

Kira Wolf, Mattoon girls' golf, sophomore

Wolf won the Apollo Conference Individual title with a school-record 18-hole round of 70, which was two shots better than the record (Wolf set last year) and 13 shots better than the second place finisher. As a team the Green Wave placed third. Wolf won the John Macek Memorial Golf Tournament Saturday at the University of Illinois Blue Course with a 73. Mattoon was seventh out of 13 teams.


Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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