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Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from April 15 to April 20:

Jack Armstrong/Jacob Knofsky, Tri-County baseball, freshman/sophomore

Tri-County snapped an 11-game losing streak with its first two wins of the season in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division sweep of Martinsville 16-0 and 11-6. Armstrong pitched a four-hitter in the 16-0 win with no walks and nine strikeouts. Knofsky was 4-for-6 (.667) at the plate on the day with three runs and an RBI. 

Mariah Ball, Jenaya Carter, Mattoon girls' track, senior, freshman

Mattoon placed second in its own Invitational with 107 points as Ball not only won the high jump at 5-5 but also set a school record and tied the meet record. She was also on the winning 4x400 relay that finished in a time of 4:12.28. Carter won the 300 hurdles in 48.71 and was third in the 200 (27.17) and fourth in the 100 (13.55).

Delainey Bryant/Jordan Sapp, Mattoon softball, sophomore/freshman

Mattoon went 3-0 during the week nipping St. Joseph-Ogden 18-17 and sweeping Normal 11-0 and 15-5 Saturday to move to 6-9 and extend its winning streak to four games. Brant was 7-for-10 with three doubles, a triple, a stolen base, eight runs, and three RBIs. Sapp was 8-for-11 (.727) with four doubles and a home run to go with six runs scored and eight runs batted in. 

Beau Edwards, Hugo Garza, Diego Perez, Arcola boys' track, Freshmen/juniors

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Arcola finished second in the Sullivan Tri-Couty (three counties) meet with 124 points. Edwards won the 1,600 (4:53.08), and was part of the winning 4x800 relay (9:07.48) and was second in the 800 (2:06.45) and third in the high jump (5-10),while Garza won the discus (121-1) and second in the shot put (42-8). Perez won the triple jump (39-11) and was on the winning 4x200 (1:36.93) as well as second in the 4x400 (3:43.62) and in the 4x100 (45.15). 

Megan Garrett, Charleston girls' track, sophomore

Garrett won the 800 at the Mattoon Invite with a time of 2:22.67 and was second in the 1,600 with a time of 5:34.36. She was also on the fourth-place 4x400 with a time of 4:26.56. Garrett also won the 800 at Chatham Glenwood in 2:29.06 and was fifth in the 1,600 in 5:48.95. 

Hannah Harpster/Macey McElravy, Emily Price, Charleston softball, sophomore/senior/junior

Charleston went 4-0 during the week improving to 18-1 overall. The Lady Trojans blanked Altamont 10-0 before winning all three games in the Margie Wright Showcase at Metamora beating Normal University High 8-5, Metamora 12-2 and East Peoria 6-0. Harpster, the leadoff batter, was 6-for-11 (.545) at with seven runs scored and an RBI. McElravy was 9-for-14 (.643) with a double, a home run, five runs scored and eight runs batted in. Price won three games with Metamora the only one she didn't pitch in. Overall she threw 17 innings and allowed 11 hits on one run with eight walks and 19 strikeouts for an earned run average of 0.41.

Rope Hatfield/Nic Nohren, Shelbyville baseball, freshmen

Shelbyville improved to 11-9 overall and 6-1 in the Central Illinois conference prior to Monday's game with Warrensburg-Latham, with a 10-0 victory over Decatur St. Teresa and an 8-3 triumph over Sullivan. Hatfield and Nohren were 2-for-4. Nohren scored two runs and drove in two runs, while Hatfield stole a base, scored a run and drove in three runs. 


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Ross Hemmen/Dayton Mitchell, Cumberland baseball, sophomore/senior

Cumberland improved to 13-2 with a 23-0 Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division over Martinsville and a 2-0 win over WSS. The Pirates have won 13 straight games. Hemmen was 4-for-4 (.571) with two doubles, two stolen bases, four runs, and three RBIs, while Mitchell was perfect in three at-bats with a double, a home run, three runs scored and seven RBIs. 

KayLee Hohlbauch/Taylor Spelman, Arcola softball, sophomore/junior

Arcola improved to 7-9 overall and 4-2 in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division prior to Monday's game at Decatur LSA, with two division wins. The Lady Riders beat Cerro Gordo/Bement 16-0 and Okaw Valley 6-4. Arcola also won via forfeit from Tri-County. Hohlbauch was the winning pitcher in both contests throwing all 11 innings and allowing 15 hits, four runs, only two earned with only one walk and 12 strikeouts for an earned run average of 1.27. she was also 4-for-6 (.667) at the plate with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs. Spelman, the leadoff batter was 5-for-7 (.714) at the plate with two doubles, a triple, two stolen bases, four runs, and five RBIs. 

Alexa Miller/Kenli Nettles, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond girls' track freshman/junior

Nettles won the 200 (26.64), 100 hurdles (15.69), while Miller won the 100 (13.11), was part of the winning 4x100 (52.91) and won the long jump (116-4) as the Knights placed fourth in the Tri-County meet at Sullivan.

Esther Miller, Emily White, Sullivan girls' track

Sullivan won its own Tri-County meet as Miller earned first in the 400 (1:02.05), was part of the winning 4x400 (4;25.16) and won the triple jump (34-11 1/2), while White won the 300 hurdles (51.6&) and was third in the high jump (4-10) and part of the fourth-place 4x100 (54.54). 

Ailey Mitchell, Shelbyville girls' track, junior

Mitchell knocked off 32 seconds from her previous best in the  3,200 in the Palatine Distance Night, which is a meet that you have to qualify for.  Mitchell ran a 10:57.66, which was 12th overall and she won the undercard (her heat of 32 entries). Mitchell also won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Sullivan Tri-County meet with times of 5:22.76 and 12:13.25 respectively as the Lady Rams finished second in the eight-team meet. 

Jackson Nichols, Mattoon baseball, pitcher, outfield, senior

Mattoon beat Newton 5-2 and downed Olney 9-1 before picking up a 5-1 and 16-6 Apollo Conference doubleheaders weep over Mount Zion. The Green Wave have won seven straight and are 15-4 overall and 6-0 in the conference. Nichols was 7-for-14 with a double, four runs scored and six runs batted in. 

Megan Schlechte/Makenzi Tabbert, WSS softball, seniors

WSS improved to 24-0-1 prior to Monday's National Trail Conference game against St. Elmo/Brownstown. The Hatchets won 5-0 over Altamont and Effingham St. Anthony in conference games. Shlechte pitched both games throwing 14 innings and allowing five hits and no runs with one walk and 13 strikeouts. She was also 3-for-7 at the plate with a double, a triple and a stolen base as well as four RBIs and two runs scored. Tabbert was 3-for-5 with a double and a stolen base along with two runs scored and an RBI. 


Contact Mike Monahan at (217) 238-6854. Follow him on Twitter: @monahanmikejgtc

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