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Kenli Nettles of Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, right, and Meridian's Chloe Moyer, left, leap during the 100-meter hurdles on Thursday at the Class 1A girls state track and field preliminary at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. More photos at www.herald-review.com

Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from May 13-18:

Ramsey Armstrong, Charleston softball, junior

Charleston improved to 27-4 with two non-conference wins. 15-4 over St. Joseph-Ogden and 13-3 over Olney. The Lady Trojans are 27-4. Armstrong was 5-for-8 (.625) with four home runs, a triple, six runs scored and eight RBI. 

Mariah Ball, Keleila Princko, Summerlyn Smith, Cortnee Wilson Mattoon girls' track, seniors

The four competed in the 4x400 in the Class 2A girls state track finals and placed fourth with a time of 4:03.31. It was the third time a Mattoon 4x400 has placed in the last four years. Ball was also in the high jump and placed sixth, going 5-4, and becomes the second in Green Wave history to place in that event (Kayla Phillips was third in 2010). 

Ava Bennett/Megan Schlechte, WSS softball, junior/senior

Bennett was perfect in three at-bats with four runs,  a triple, a sacrifice, and a stolen base as well as two RBI, while Schlechte was 3-for-5 with three runs, two stolen bases, and two RBI as the Hatchets won their third straight Class 1A regional championship. WSS beat Morrisonville 10-0 after winning the semifinal game 12-0 over Edinburg. Schlechte pitched all five innings against Edinburg and allowed just two hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. WSS is 34-1-1. 

Reese Bergstrom/Coby Comstock, Mattoon boys' tennis, senior/junior

For the second straight year, the duo advanced to the Class 1A state tennis tournament. They did so by going 3-1 in the Urbana University High Sectional. The two beat Charleston's Keegan Gowin and Zach Will 6-3, 7-6 (6) then a team from Urbana 6-0, 6-0 before falling to the eventual champions, Ariun Tangello and Zachary Donnini of Urbana University High 7-5, 4-6, 6-0. They placed third with a 7-6(2), 7-5 win over Urbana University High's Samuel Li and Krishna Subbiah. Bergstrom and Comstock are 20-3. 

Dayton Black, Charleston boys' track, senior

Black was the lone Charleston athlete to advance to Friday's state track preliminaries. He won the pole vault at the Monticello Class 2A Sectional at 15-4, breaking the school record previously held by his brother Chase Black in 2014 (15-3). 

Jed Eaton/Peyton Smith, Mattoon boys' track, seniors

Both Eaton and Smith advanced from the Monticello sectional to the state prelims Friday. Eaton was was fifth in the pole vault at 13-6, above the state qualifying mark of 13-0. Smith was second in the discus with a throw of 151-8. 

Kyah Eastin/Faith Niebrugge, Mattoon girls' soccer, senior/freshman

Mattoon won its own Class 3A regional championship Friday nipping Carbondale 2-1 after beating Olney 6-2 in the semifinals. The Green Wave improve to a school-record 16 wins with six losses and two ties. It was Mattoon's third regional title in the last nine seasons. Eastin finished the week with four goals, while Niebrugge had three goals and broke the single-season scoring record of 33 (Jessica Nichols in 2018) and currently has 35. 

Beau Edwards/Ivan Franco/Diego Perez, Arcola boys' track, freshman/junior/junior

The two helped Arcola finish in fifth place out of 14 teams with 55 points at the Class 1A sectional in Sullivan. Franco qualified in three events, while Perez is going in four and Edwards in one in Thursday's 1A state prelims. Both Franco and Perez are on the 4x100 (second with a time of 44.19), 4x200 (second in 1:33.25) and 4x400 (second in 3:136.13). Perez is also in the triple jump, where he was fourth at 41-3. Edwards won the 1,600 with a time of 4:38.04. 

Makenzie Brown/Reagan Miller, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond softball, sophomore/senior

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A-L-A-H won its first Class 2A regional, beating Newton 7-3 after blanking Robinson 1-0.  Brown was the winning pitcher in both games. She threw 14 innings and allowed five hits and one earned run with four walks and 36 strikeouts, giving her a .50 ERA for the week. Miller was 6-for-7 (.857) with a double and a triple and three runs scored for the 24-6 Knights, who have won 13 straight games. 

Faith Frye, Casey-Westfield/Martinsville girls' track, senior

Frye became the first from Casey to earn more than one medal at the Class 1A state meet. She was third in the long jump (18-1 1/2), ninth in the 100 (12.79) and ninth the in 200 (26.19). 

Megan Garrett/Sarah Flight, Charleston girls' track, sophomore/senior

Flight finished fourth in the high jump at 5-5, while Garrett placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:22.27. Flight and Kim Doubles (1989 and 1991) are the only two from Charleston to place in the high jump in two different state meets, while Garrett is the only 800 medalist for the Lady Trojans. 

Layton Hall,/Austin Romine, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, sophomore/senior

Hall qualified for the state meet in the 1,600 and the 3,200. He won the 3,200 with a time of 10:03.15 and placed second in the 1,600 with a time of 4:39.74. Romine was second in the 800 (2:03.20) and was part of the winning 4x400 relay team that ran a 3:33.99.

Michael Hawkins/Ramsey Hunt, Tri-County boys' track, freshman/junior

Hawkins finished fifth in the Sullivan sectional with a 400-meter time of 52.02, advancing to state prelims. Hunt qualified in four events winning the 300 hurdles (41.65) and the triple jump (43-8) while placing second in the long jump (21-0) and in the high jump (6-1). 

Kaylenn Hunt, Tri-County, sophomore

Hunt became the first from Oakland or Tri-County to earn three medals in the same year at the state track meet. She was seventh in the high jump (5-3), sixth in the triple jump (36-11 1/2) and fifth in the long jump (17-9 1/2). 

Claire Maulding/Jae Lynn Riggleman, Casey-Westfield softball, junior/senior

Casey won its fourth straight regional championship Friday by blanking Cumberland 3-0 in Class 1A after winning its semifinal game 10-0 over Martinsville.  The Lady Warriors have won eight straight games and are 21-7. Riggleman was 4-for-6 (.667) with two doubles, a run scored and four RBIs. Maulding was the winning pitcher in both games. She threw all 12 innings and allowed just three hits with eight walks and 20 strikeouts. 

Ailey Mitchell/Gabrielle Spain, Shelbyville girls' track, junior/freshman

Mitchell was second in the 3,200 with a time of 11:20.75 at the Class 1A state meet Saturday. She was also 20th in the 1,600 with a time of 5:40.00. Spain was third in the pole vault (11-0) and 12th in the 800 (2:28.26). She is the first Lady Ram to place in the pole vault. 

Kenli Nettles, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond girls' track, junior

Nettles won three events in the state track meet Friday, becoming the first to do so for the Knights. She won the high jump (5-7), the 100-meter high hurdles (14.29) and the 300 meter low hurdles with a time of 43.68 respectively. She placed in all four events earning fifth in the 200 (25.39).

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


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