PARIS — For the first time in school history Charleston had six golfers shoot 80 or under in an invitational. The Trojans did this Saturday at the nine-team Paris Invitational and as a result won the invite with a 309, which was 15 strokes better than second place Mattoon. 

"It is quite an accomplishment for these kids," said Charleston coach Randy Harpster, who added it was the team's fourth invitational title.

Mattoon's Nick Nguyen earned medalist honors with a 71, just one shot better than Tri-County's Logan Richardson. 

Charleston was led by third place Preston Smith with a 76. Blake Wolfe followed with a 77, Keegan Gowin and Robert Rardin shot 78s, good for a fifth-place tie and Ben Lanman had a 79, good for eighth place, while Zach Will rounded out the scoring with an 80.

Tri-County finished eighth with a 397 and is to play at Westville Tuesday. Mattoon is to play host to Casey-Westfield/Martinsville and Lawrenceville Tuesday, while Charleston is to travel to Effingham Tuesday.

Mattoon girls' win Olney Invite

OLNEY — The Mattoon girls' cross country team beat out 13 other teams with a 58 to win the Olney Invitational Saturday. The Green Wave won by 14 over Teutopolis. 

The Mattoon boys' placed sixth out of 19 teams with a 214 in the meet won by Princeton with an 81. Casey-Westfield was 12th with a 294.

"Mitchell Kramer and Quincy Collings ran outstanding races and it was nip and tuck with the other runners as they ran similar races," said Mattoon coach Troy Haacke. "On the girls' side, we had five runners in the top 20 and seven in the top 50 (top 50 earn medals). It was really a pretty good showing and they are starting to get depth and starting to run together."

Collings led the MHS girls with a time of 19:37.09, while Kremer led the boys with a time of 16:09.26. 

"On the boys' side Aaron Emmerich (17:42.46, good for 38th place) ran a great race for us," said Haacke. "Garrett Jones, John Meyer, Chance Kremer and Henry Skocy along with Marshall Hopper are all coming along. They are all pushing each other. I am very proud of every one of them."

It was a 2.96-mile course.

Leading the way for the Warriors was Cort Ross, who was sixth with a time of 16:26.35. 

Mattoon is to play host to its annual invitational Thursday at Lake Land College at 4:30 p.m. Casey is also to compete in the Mattoon Invite.

Wolf earns fifth in Eisenhower Invite

DECATUR — Mattoon's Kira Wolf finished fifth overall out of 105 golfers in the Decatur Eisenhower girls' Invitational Saturday with a 74. 

Charleston was led by Haley Walker and Paige Chappell with 90s. 

As a team, the Lady Trojans finished with a 375, good for 10th place, while Mattoon was 14th with a 406.

Mattoon is to play host to St. Thomas More Monday, while Charleston is to travel to Champaign Central. 

Mattoon competes in Bloomington Invite

BLOOMINGTON — The Mattoon girls' tennis team competed in a two-day Blooomington Invitational. 

"We were short-handed Saturday with Amari Brown not being able to be there (Friday also) due to a band conflict," said Mattoon coach Dwight Perry. "Madi Freeman could not be there Saturday due to a wedding. We had to move people around. It is still a tough tournament and I think the highlight for me was Kyah Eastin in number two singles, who played really well and in very competitive matches."

Mattoon is to travel to Teutopolis Monday.


Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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