DECATUR (JG-TC) -- The Charleston boys' cross country team won a five-team meet Thursday with a low score of 18 and the girls won their four-team meet with 26 points.

Mattoon’s boys finished third with 80 points and the girls were fourth with 96.

Trojan Nick Oakley won the boys’ race in 16:40 followed by Austin Ames, Lance Niemerg and Josh Hoh with times of 16:45, 17:02 and 17:39, respectively.

Charleston’s Megan Garrett and Julia Griffin took first and second in the girls’ race in 19:28 and 20:17, respectively. Olivia Lane finished in fourth place in 20:38.

Mitchell Gardner led the Mattoon boys with a 12th place finish in 19:38 while Larissa Steffens finished 16th for the Green Wave girls in 23:23.

Mattoon is scheduled to participate in the Cumberland Invite at Lake Land College on Saturday.

Charleston and Mattoon both travel to Taylorville for the Apollo Conference meet Tuesday.


Charleston’s McGrath scores four goals in win

EFFINGHAM — Jack McGrath scored four goals for Charleston’s boys’ soccer team Thursday leading the team to a 5-1 victory over Apollo Conference foe Effingham.

Assisted by Jack Thain, McGrath scored the lone goal of the first half putting Charleston up 1-0 at the break.

McGrath scored his next three goals in the first 14 minutes of the second period with assists by Pedro Carrillo and Thain. Thain added the final goal unassisted late in the game.

The Trojans had 19 shots, 14 of which were on goal.

"Jack McGrath had a great game for us tonight,” said Charleston coach Josh Garrett. “He moved well off of the ball, which created a lot of scoring opportunities for us. It was a solid win to take us into the last week of the regular season."

Matt Cheney picked up the win as goal keeper.

Charleston travels to Mt. Zion for another conference game Tuesday.

JV gets shutout

The Charleston junior varsity team defeated Effingham 8-0.

Carter Gordon led the way with five goals. Kevin Caltry, Eugene Ohba and Jawad Robayya each had one goal.

Maxx Schmidt had four assists.

Bob Tresslar got the shutout in goal.


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