Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from May 20-27:
Ramsey Armstrong/Macey McElravy Charleston softball, junior/senior
Armstrong was 4-for-6 (.667) with a stolen base and a home run, as well as four runs, scored and five runs batted in, while McElravy was 4-for-7 with a home run, four runs scored and five runs batted in as Charleston won its second straight Class 3A regional championship. The lady Trojans beat Mattoon 11-0 in the semifinals and downed Mahomet-Seymour 11-5 at Mahomet in the regional title game. Charleston is 29-4.
Reese Bergstrom/Coby Comstock, Mattoon boys' tennis, senior/junior
For the second straight year, the duo placed in the top 20 of the Class 1A state tennis tournament going 3-2. Last Thursday they beat Johnny Hamilton and Chris Wilson of Nazareth Academy 6-3, 6-0. After losing to Prairie Ridge's Jared Arkell and Max Kueller 6-4, 6-3 they defeated Fairfield's Derek Estes and Jacob Britt 6-0, 6-1. Friday they beat Timothy Christian's Jack Rhiner and James Sherehim 8-1 before being eliminated with an 8-4 loss to Fenwick's Ryan Dunlap and Carlos Guttierez. Bergstrom and Comstock finished 23-5.
Keagan Brady/Jake Wilson, Charleston baseball, seniors
Charleston, 24-11-1 beat fellow Apollo Conference foe Mahomet-Seymour 7-1 in the regional semifinals and then won its first Class 3A regional since 2008 with a 12-1 victory over Champaign Central at Mahomet in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. Wilson was 5-for-8 (.625) with two doubles, a home run, a stolen base, two runs scored and four runs batted in during the week. Wilson was 4-for-6 >(.667) with a double, a stolen base, three runs scored and two runs batted in.
Dayton Black, Charleston boys' track, senior
Black tied his brother Chase (a 2014 CHS grad) for the best finish in the state track an field meet Saturday by placing second in Class 2A. Black went 15-3 Saturday at Eastern Illinois Universities O'Brien Field. He made the finals by clearing the advancing height of 13-3 in the prelims Friday.
Beau Edwards, Arcola, freshman
In the state preliminaries, Edwards broke his own school record by nearly six seconds by running a 4:28.50. He entered the finals at the 125th annual meet in eighth place and finished sixth with a time of 4:30.46. He is the first boy in AHS history to place in the 1,600 in the state meet.
Layton Hall, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, sophomore
Hall earned ninth in the 3,200 with a time of 9:47.03 in the 11th annual three class system state track and field meet. There are no prelims in the 3,200.
Ramsey Hunt, Tri-County boys' track, junior
Hunt, an Oakland junior, became the first person from the JG-TC area to win the triple jump since Neoga's Corey Kersey in 2014. He won with a jump of 46-3, which was 16 and a quarter inches farther than his previous best. He is the first from Oakland to win an event at the state track meet since Allen Willison won the shot put in 1989. Hunt also earned sixth in the long jump at 21-11.
Jadon Nuzzo, Sullivan boys' track, senior
Nuzzo was fourth in Class 1A by going 14-6 after going 13-6 to advance on Thursday's preliminaries. Nuzzo is the first from Sullivan to place in the pole vault in more than one year.
Maddy Pfeiffer/Calla Roney WSS softball, freshman/senior
WSS won its third straight Class 1A sectional by beating Meridian 8-1 at Macon after winning the semifinal game against fellow National Trial Conference foe, Effingham St. Anthony 9-0. The Hatchets lost in the Springfield Supersectional at the University of Illinois Springfield to Hardin Calhoun 1-0. The Hatchets finished with the most wins in the team or the schools (Windsor or Stewardson-Strasburg) history going 36-2-1. Peiffer was 4-for-8 during the week with two doubles, and three runs batted in. Roney, who is headed to the University of Illinois pitched in all three games. She got the win against Meridian. She pitched 10 and a third innings and allowed five hits and no runs with two walks and 16 strikeouts. She finished with a 10-0 record.
Cort Ross, Casey-Westfield/Martinsville junior
Ross becomes the first from Casey history to earn two medals in the same state track met since Colin Carver in 2011 and '12. He finished ninth in the 3,200 and seventh in the 1,600 with times of 9:50.18 and 4:32.93 respectively.
Payton Smith, Mattoon boys' track, senior
Smith finished his high school career with a career-best throw in the discus of 164-3, good for fourth place in the state Class 2A meet. His throw was 149-4 in the prelims, which was the seventh best. His throw was a foot and five inches farther than his previous best. He is the seventh person from Mattoon to earn a medal at state.
Contact Mike Monahan at (217) 238-6854. Follow him on Twitter: @monahanmikejgtc
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