Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from Oct. 2 through Oct. 7

Dalton Antrim/Coltin Scott, Cumberland football, 5-7, 1890 RB/OL/LB junior. 5-9 185, RB/DL senior

Cumberland won its sixth straight game last Friday beating Tri-County 63-12 in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division game. Antrim led the defense with 7.5 tackles, including two tackles for a loss and a sack. Scott had just 12 carries, but gained 227 yards, scoring touchdowns on runs of 9, 12 and five yards. Scott also caught a pass for 12 yards and on defense had three tackles. The Pirates are 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the division.

Beau Bennett, WSS baseball, junior

Bennett helped WSS reach the championship game of the National Trail Conference Tournament. The Hatchets went 2-1 beating Dieterich 18-10 and knocking off North Clay in the semifinals 12-4 before falling in the title game to Effignham St. Anthony 6-0. WSS was the number seven seed in the tourney. Bennett was 11-of-13 (.846) at the plate with four runs, a double, a triple and four runs batted in.

Amari Brown/Kyah Eastin, Mattoon tennis, juniors

Mattoon improved to 5-6 in dual play with a 9-0 and 6-3 win over Mahomet-Seymour and Charleston in Apollo Conference play. Brown, the No. 5 singles players, beat Mahomet's Aleisha Patel 6-0, 6-1 and Charleston's Alexis Orlik 6-3, 6-0. Eastin, the No. 2 singles player beat Mahomet's Allie Love 6-4, 6-1 and CHS's Bernie Jackson 7-6, 6-1. The two teamed up for the No. 1 doubles and beat Love/Annie Bao 6-0, 6-4 of Mahomet and Megan Fisher/Rachel Thomas of the Lady Trojans 8-5.

Caden Ellis, Sullivan boys' golf, junior

Ellis helped Sullivan win the Monticello Class 1A regional at the University of Illinois Orange Course with an 81, good for third place. The Redskins finished with a 344, which was 13 shots better than second place Monticello.

Logan Hall, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond cross country, senior

Hall defended his Cumberland Invite (now Cumberland County Invite) by beating the other 131 runners with a time of 15:48.64 on the three-mile course at Lake Land College. His time was 30.83 seconds faster than second place Charlie Parrish of Freeburg.

Garron Haenig/Boyce Snearley, Martinsville football, RB/LB senior. QB/LB junior

Martinsville snapped a 13-game losing streak dating back to the season-opener in the 2016 season, a 34-30 win over Hoopeston Area/Danville Schlarman with a convincing 45-6 win over Hutsonville-Palestine.  Haenig had 13 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns as well as three receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown runs were 25 and eight yards respectively and the pass was 29 yards from Snearley. Snearley was 9-of-17 for 157 yards with three touchdowns (28, 28 and 29 yards) and two interceptions. He also had four carries for 11 yards. The Bluestreaks are 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Divison. It was the first division win since Sept. 26, 2014 when they beat Pal/Hut 44-22. The victory snapped a 16-game division losing streak. 

Cade Helton/Turner Pullen, Shelbyville football,5-8, 160 junior/6-3, 200 QB/FS, senior

The number six team in Class 1A posted a 40-0 shutout over Clinton in a Central Illinois Conference game to improve to 6-1 and qualify for the playoffs. The Rams are 4-1 in the CIC.  Helton had 20 carries for 105 yards to lead the rushing attack, while Pullen played a part in all six touchdowns. He had 15 carries for 77 yards and scored on runs of five, one, eight, two and two. Passing wise he was 19-of-28 for 293 yards and 28-yard touchdown. 

Kayelynn Hunt/Ali Smith, Tri-County volleyball, 6-0 freshman. 5-10 senior

Tri-County won not only the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division Tournament, but the overall LOVC tourney as well. Hunt finished with eight kills and a team-high 11 blocks,while Smith had 1 ace, 18 kills, five digs and a block. The Lady Titans won its division tourney with a  26-24, 25-14 win over Hutsonville/Palestine and won the overall title over Sangamon Valley/Tri-City 26-24, 25-14 as the Lady Titans improved to 17-6.

Tiago Lages/Devin Perry, Mattoon boys' soccer, MF sophomore/F junior

Lages finished with four goals, while Perry had four goals and an assist during the week which saw Mattoon win three Apollo Conference games beating Mahomet-Seymour 3-1, Taylorville 9-1 and won the conference title 5-1 over Mount Zion. The Green Wave is 17-2-2 overall and 10-0-1 in the Apollo.

Jack McGrath, Charleston soccer, senior

McGrath finished the week with six goals as Charleston beat Taylorville 9-0 and Effingham 5-1 in Apollo Conference games as the Trojans improved to 8-7-2 ahead of Tuesday's game at Mount Zion. 

Brock Moncel/Nick Nguyen, Mattoon boys' golf, seniors

Mattoon won the Class 2A Effingham Regional with a 315, six shots ahead of second place Charleston. Nguyen and Moncel both shot a 74 with Nguyen earning the individual title in a playoff. The team advanced to the sectional.

Logan Richardson, Tri-County boys' golf, junior

Richardson advanced to the Class 1A sectional with an 81, good for a third place in the Monticello Regional at Savoy. Tri-County finished fourth as a team tying with Villa Grove/Heritage with a 390.

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

Arcola became playoff eligible with a 47-14 win over Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond Friday in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division game. Strader had eight carries for 69 yards and had touchdown runs of 11 and 14 yards. He was also 7-of-12 for 108 yards and one touchdown as the Purple Riders improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the division.

Kira Wolf, Mattoon girls' golf, sophomore

Wolfe won in a playoff hole over Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin's Emily Eades as both shot 78s in the Class 2A Regional at Meadowview Golf Course in Mattoon. Wolfe earned the individual medalist honors and the team placed sixth with a 402. 


Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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