Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from Sept. 4 through Sept. 9:

Dalton Armes, WSS baseball, senior

WSS went 3-0 during the week beating North Clay 8-3, Odin 8-4 and Brownstown/St. Elmo 11-5. Armes was 7-of-12 (.583) for the week with three runs scored  and two doubles. The Brownstown game was a National Trail Conference contest. 

Kentrell Beck/Turner Pullen,  6-2, 200 WR/6-3 200 QB, Shelbyville football

The number eight team in Class 1A rolled over Sullivan/Okaw Valley 58-7. Pullen was 10-of-13 passing for 199 yards and five touchdowns, three of which were to Beck (10, 15 and 33 yards). Pullen also had one carry for 37 yards and a touchdown. Beck finished with five receptions for 94 yards for the 3-0 Rams.

Kaleb Byard/Conner Strader, Arcola football, 5-11, 185 OL/LB junior/5-11, 155 QB/DB senior

Arcola improved to 2-1 with a convincing 62-6 win over Palestine-Hutsonville Friday. Byard had one interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble and was in on two tackles, while Strader was 5-of-7 passing for 70 yards and two touchdowns, while running the ball nine times for a team-high 79 yards. 

Caden Ellis, Sullivan boys' golf, junior

Sullivan improved to 11-0 with a triangular win over previously undefeated Okaw Valley as well as Shelbyville with a 169 to 170 to 201 win. Ellis was second overall with a 40 after being the medalist in a 174-193 victory over Maroa-Forsyth. 

Myles Gerhardt, Cumberland football, 5-10, 150 RB/DB junior

Gerhardt had just six carries for 161 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring in a 44-6 win over Sangamon Valley/Tri-City last Friday. Gerhardt also scored on a 28-yard pass from Gabe Hatfill to open the scoring in the second half. The Pirates are 2-1.

Jake Ghere, Mattoon soccer, forward, junior

Ghere's last goal of a 9-0 Apollo Conference win over Effingham broke the MHS record for goals scored in a career with 59 total. Ghere passed Tyler Moran who set the record with 58 career goals from 1999-2002. Ghere had four goals in that game and added three more in a 6-0 conference victory over Lincoln. The Green Wave is 6-1-1 overall and 2-0 in the Apollo. 

Jullian Gittens, Mattoon football, 6-2, 185 RB/DB senior

Mattoon won its Apollo Conference opener, 34-27 over Lincoln and it was the first victory of the season as well for the 1-2 Green Wave. Gittens had 30 carries for 268 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 9, 5 and 49 yards. He also returned three kickoffs for 15 yards. 

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

Hall beat 110 runners to win the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Invitational with a time of 15:43, which was 35 seconds faster than the second place runner, Trey Houmes of Hoopeston Area. 

Ailey Mitchell, Shelbyville girls' cross country, sophomore

Mitchell won the Shelbyville Trail Invitational running the 2.988 mile course in a school record time of 18:54. 19, which was 21.35 seconds faster than the second place runner, Jasmyn Dittamore of Cumberland. 

Nick Oakley, Charleston cross country, senior

Oakley was third out of 492 runners in the Class 2A First to the Finish meet at Peoria's Detweiller Park with a time of 15:05.01.

Lucas Otto/Kobe Wells, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond football, 5-11 225 OL/LB sophomore/6-2, 160 RB/DB senior

A-L-A-H improved to 2-1 with a 48-15 victory over Oblong last Friday. Otto led the defense with 12 solo tackles and three assists, while Wells had six carries for 96 yards including two touchdowns (45 and 35 yards), a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown and caught two passes for 14 yards. He also had six solo tackles and an assist.

Lauren Russell, Shelbyville volleyball, OH, junior

Russell made the 11-member all-tournament team at the Shelbyville Invitational as the Lady Rams finished second out of eight teams. For the week Shelbvyille was 6-1 and improved to 7-3 overall. Russell finished the week with 9 aces, 1 assist, 40 kills, 84 digs and 3 blocks. Shelbyville topped Tri-County 25-19, 25-12 and Cumberland 25-23, 25-16 during the week. Saturday in the tournament the Lady Rams swept Charleston 27-26, 25-22 and Marshall 26-24, 25-12 and New Berlin 26-24, 27-25 before falling to Pana 25-15, 25-21. The Lady Rams earned third place with a 25-9, 17-25, 16-14 victory over New Berlin. 

Ryan Skorwonski, Shelbyville boys' cross country, senior

Skorownski beat 67 other runners in the Shelbyville Trail Invite winning by 9.23 seconds with a time of 15:55.84, a personal best. Second place was Neoga/Stewardson-Strasburg runner Reece Johnson.

Hannah Wallen, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond volleyball, 5-7 OH, senior

Wallen finished the 2-0 week with 4 aces, 16 kills and 3 digs as the Knights improved to 6-0 beating Martinsville 25-12, 25-15 and Monticello 25-13, 24-26, 25-20. 

Kira Wolf, Mattoon girls' golf, sophomore

Wolf was the individual medalist at the Normal Community Invite shooting a 74 to beat 100 other golfers. The Green Wave finished ninth out of 19 teams and Wolf won by two shots. 


Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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