MATTOON — The Mattoon soccer team won both of its games in its own tournament Saturday via shutouts. The Green Wave improved to 15-2-2 with 7-0 and 5-0 wins over Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond and St. Joseph-Ogden, respectively. 

"We had a great week," said Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere. "Our goal to start the week was four shutouts (the Green Wave did that, outscoring the four teams 34-0). Our defense played extremely well, and Reese Bergstrom only had to make a few saves each game, because our defenders didn't allow many shots."

On top of that, two Mattoon school records fell. Reese Bergstrom earned his 11th shutout of the season, giving him the career shutout record with 28. The previous record was 27 set by Will Hopkins in 2013.

Jake Ghere broke the single-season scoring record held by AJ Nichols, who had 31 in 2012. Ghere currently has 33.

"It is nice for Jake and Reese to break some school records, but both of them know both of their records are a result of being surrounded by great players," said coach Ghere. "Although their names go in the record board, both players would give a lot of credit to their teammates."

In the game against A-L-A-H, Mattoon led 3-0 at the half as Devin Perry scored the first of his two goals in the game, as did Jake Ghere. Camdyn Considine had a goal, as did Jacob Spitz and Brett Kennell. Shane Ghere had three assists, while Chase Monroe, Perry and Tiago Lages had one assist each.

Against SJO, Lages had a goal, while Jake Ghere earned the hat trick with three goals, and Ethan Grasl had a goal as well. Daniel Carpenter had two assists and Lages had one.

"We continue to get better offensively every game," said coach Ghere. "Our players were unselfish and found the open man and he finished all week."

Mattoon went 3-0 in the tournament, while Lincoln was second at 1-1-1 and St. Joe was fourth at 0-2-1.

The Knights finished third overall with a 4-4 tie with Lincoln as Collin Budd made two penalty kicks.

A-L-A-H is to travel to Altamont Tuesday, while Mattoon is to travel to Mahomet to play Mahomet-Seymour Tuesday in an Apollo Conference game.

Wolf wins John Macek Memorial Golf Tourney

SAVOY — Mattoon's Kira Wolf continued to add to her list of titles as she shot a one-over-par 73 to win the John Macek Memorial girls golf tournament hosted by Champaign Centennial at the University of Illinois Blue Course. 

Wolfe nipped Normal's Allison Enchelmayer by one stroke. 

As a team, the Green Wave placed seventh in the 13-team meet with a 377, while Charleston was sixth with 352. 

The Lady Trojans were led by Hannah Harpster with a 79, good for ninth place out of 77 golfers. 

Prospect won the meet with a 317, winning in a scorecard playoff over Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.

Charleston is t be in the Class 1A regional Wednesday at Tuscola, while Mattoon is to compete in the Class 2A regional at Meadowview Golf Course in the meet hosted by Mattoon.

Mattoon tennis places third in Apollo Conference meet

MOUNT ZION — Mattoon's Hallie Niemerg won the Apollo Conference tennis title a the number four singles beating Mahomet-Seymour's Annie Bao 6-2, 6-3.

"Overall I was proud of the team," said Mattoon coach Dwight Perry. "We played up to our seedings. There were a few disappointments, but overall the girls competed really hard and it was a good showing for us."

Earning all-conference honors for the Green Wave were Maddie Freeman, the lone senior on the team, and Amari Brown, a junior.

"I am very proud of those two girls," said Perry. "Kyla Doty had to play the number one player and she split sets, and that was the best I have seen her play this year. I was really pleased with all of the girls."

Mattoon finished third with 39 points, just five in front of fourth-place Charleston. Mount Zion snapped the Green Wave's five straight titles with a 48, and Effingham was second with a 45.

Winning the title for the Lady Trojans was Alexis Orlik at the number five singles. She beat Brown 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.

Mattoon is to play host to Mahomet-Seymour Tuesday, while Charleston is to travel to Casey Monday to face Casey-Westfield/Martinsville.


Kremer places 33rd in Peoria Invitational

PEORIA — Mattoon's Mitchell Kremer was 33rd out of 280 runners in the Class 1A/2A portion of the Peoria cross country invitational at Detweiller Park. Kremer's time was 15:50.50. 

On the girls' side, the top Mattoon runner was Quincy Collings, who was 45th out of 230 runners with a time of 19:10.20, which was a personal best.

"Thirteen out of the 14 runners got a personal best or a season best," said Mattoon coach Troy Haacke. "Everybody ran really well. Kremer broke 16, which is a great time and all seven boys finished under 19 minutes. At the beginning of the year, some were trying to break 20 minutes. Henry Skocy ran 40 seconds faster than he had. It was perfect weather conditions."

Mattoon is to travel to Decatur Eisenhower Thursday for a quadrangular.

Mattoon freshmen place third in volleyball

CHAMPAIGN — The Mattoon freshman volleyball team placed third in the Champaign Central Invite Saturday.

"The girls played very well, and we saw a lot of improvement throughout the day," said Mattoon coach Amy Hines. "I am very proud of the girls and the way that they played."

The Green Wave, 8-2-3, was led in aces by Ellie Gass with nine, while Kendra Bialeschki had a team-high 18 kills. Tinely Risinger and Xylia Greeson had 19 digs each.

The Green Wave beat Danville 25-9, 25-16, lost to the host school 25-21, 23-25, 15-10 and earned third with a 25-22, 22-25, 15-8 triumph over Mahomet-Seymour.


Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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