Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from March 18 to March 23:
Ava Bennett/Megan Schlecthe, WSS softball, 2b, of junior/pitcher, catcher, shortstop senior
WSS, the No. 1 team in Class 1A in the Illinois Coaches Association poll, went 5-0 during the week beating Flora 10-0 in five innings, Arcola 20-0 in four innings, Taylorville 13-0 in five innings before sweeping Mattoon 5-3 and 9-0. Bennett was 8-of-13 (.615) with a double, triple and stolen base as well as three runs scored. She also drove in six runs. Schlecthe was 8-of-15 (.533) at the plate with a triple, a stolen base, nine runs scored and four runs batted in. Not only that, but on the pitcher's circle she went 2-0 pitching 10 innings and allowing four hits with no runs. She did not walk anyone and had nine strikeouts.
Faith Frye, Casey-Westfield/Martinsville girls' track, senior
Frye won the Class A Illinois Top Prep Times, the state indoor meet in the long jump (18-0) and not only that was fifth in the 200 (26.65) and seventh in the 60 (8.12). Her long jump broke her own school record.
Zach Hill/Jake Wilson, Charleston baseball, catcher/second base, shortstop, seniors
Charleston baseball won two games last week beating Tuscola 4-2 and blanking Newton 10-0 in six innings. Wilson was 3-for-4 at the plate with a stolen base, two runs, and a run batted in, while Hill was 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs batted in for the 4-0 Trojans.
Gunner Laughunn/Jackson Nichols, Mattoon baseball, infield, pitcher/pitcher, outfield, seniors
Mattoon went 4-0 during the week improving to 5-0 with non-conference victories over Decatur St. Teresa (9-0), Heyworth (12-2 in six innings) and swept Mount Vernon in a doubleheader 6-1 and 3-0. Nichols pitched a one-hitter in the 3-0 win over the Rams with no walks and six strikeouts. At the plate, in the four games, he was 7-of-15 (.467) with four runs and five runs batted in. Laughunn in three games was 7-of-14 with a stolen base, three runs scored and four runs batted in.
Claire Maulding/Sheadon Wilson, Casey-Westfield softball, pitcher, utlity/1b, juniors
Casey, the No. 6 team in the state in Class 2A, picked up two victories during the week nipping Effingham 8-7 and beating Salt Fork 3-1. Maulding was the winning pitcher in both games. She threw 14 innings and allowed eight hits, 8 runs, two earned with two walks and 19 strikeouts for an earned run average of 1.00. At the plate, she was 3-for-5 with three runs, two home runs and two runs batted in. Wilson was 3-for-6 with a run, home run and four runs batted in. The Lady Warriors entered Monday's game at South Vigo with a 4-0 record.
Macey McElravy/Emily Price, Charleston softball, pitcher, 1b, 3b, senior/pitcher, junior
Charleston won all three games to start the season as they nipped Cumberland, the No. 17 team in Class 1A, 5-4 and edged Teutopolis 6-5 as well as blanking Monticello 6-0. McElravy was 5-for-11 at the plate with two doubles, a home run and four runs batted in. She scored 10 runs as well. Price won all three games. She pitched 17 innings and allowed 13 hits, 5 runs, with 11 walks and 27 strikeouts for an earned run average of 2.05.
Ali Mitchell, Shelbyville girls' track, junior
Mitchell won the 3,200 by 13.93 seconds with a time of 11:29.01 and was third in the 1,600 in 5:27.45 at the state indoor meet Friday and Saturday.
Faith Neibrugge, Mattoon soccer forward, freshman
Mattoon soccer went 2-0 during the week beating Monticello 3-0 and Olney 5-2 in non-conference action. Niebrugge had a total of three goals and an assist for the Green Wave, who entered Monday's game at Judah Christian with a 5-1 record.
Kenli Nettles, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond girls' track, junior
Nettles won three events at the Class A state indoor meet at Illinois Wesleyan. She won the 400 in 58.74, winning by 3.74 seconds. She also won the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.94, which was .41 better than the second place runner. in the high jump, Nettles won at 5-6, which was an inch better than the second place jumper. Earlier in the week Nettles won the high jump (5-4), 400 (59.94) and 100 hurdles (16.07) at the first outdoor meet of the season at Arcola where the Knights placed second.
Kelielia Princko, Summerlyn Smith, Mattoon girls' track, seniors
In two non-scoring indoor meets, including the Illinois Top Prep Times Class AA state indoor meet Smith placed in a total of seven events. At the Last Chance meet at Illinois Wesleyan she was on the winning and meet record 4x400 relay team that finished in 4:12.35, which was an event Princko was a member of also. The two were also on the second-place 4x200 (1:50.14). At the Illinois Top Prep Times meet the two were part of the school record and second place finish in the 4x400 (4:11.04), while Princko was on the fourth place and school record 4x200 (1:48.87). Individually Smith was third in the long jump at the last chance meet (16-9.5) and sixth in the triple jump (33-10.5), while at the state meet Smith was eighth in the 400 (1:01.1) and fourth in the long jump (17-0), a school indoor record.