Coles County will have plenty going on these next couple of days.
Charleston’s girls tennis, as well as both Mattoon and Charleston cross country will begin their seasons today. Boys golf will resume, while the Lady Wave will resume play at home.
Here’s your preview for Monday and Tuesday competitions.
CHS Girls Tennis vs. Teutopolis, 4:30 pm
Charleston will get a first-hand look at the newest member of the Apollo Conference. The Lady Trojans competed in the same sectional as T-Town, watching the Wooden Shoes capture the championship title last October.
Teutopolis lost singles state qualifier Diane Mossman to graduation. Allie Brumleve was also a senior and paired up with Macy Probst to finish sixth in the state in doubles competition. Probst, back as a junior, is likely the No. 1 tennis player on the team.
Charleston’s young lineup, which features numerous freshman and sophomores, will get its first looks at varsity competition.
Boys: Charleston XC @ Mattoon (Douglas Hart Nature Center), 4:30 p.m.
Mattoon and Charleston will kick off their seasons for a fun trail competition at Douglas Hart Nature Center.
Mattoon’s top returning runners are Brock Davee, Sam Ferrar, Brandon Creel, Tristin Grove, Mac Beadles, and Chase Armstrong, who were all part of the top seven last year.
Last year, Davee cracked the 17-minute mark seven times, including a personal best 16 minutes, 7.9 seconds at the St. Anthony XC Classic. He had 10 races where he finished at least top-10, including finishing All-Apollo with a fourth place overall finish. Creel enters his sophomore year and was just 15 seconds behind Ferrar at the Apollo. Grove looks to contribute as the team’s No. 3 or No. 4 runner. Beadles and Armstrong were both sub-18 minute runners, but will need an extra push, if the team wants to achieve its postseason goals.
For the Trojans, junior Luca Carcasi looks to build from last year’s personal best of 17:34. Mason Reeley, also a junior, was the team’s No. 4 runner and also looks to take on a new role for the team.
As for the No. 3 runner this year, Rogers turns his attention to an incoming freshman, Adam Rudibaugh, who ran for the middle school cross country team the past few years. Rounding out the back should be senior Eugene Ohba, who usually plays soccer during the fall.
Girls: Charleston XC @ Mattoon (Douglas Hart Nature Center)-4:30
The Trojans’ run at a state berth begins Monday in their dual meet with Mattoon. The Lady Trojans are headlined by two state qualifiers in Grace Spoonhour and Megan Garrett.
As a junior, Spoonhour broke the 20-minute mark eight times, with a personal best of 19:15.1, and finished All-Apollo with a sixth place finish.Garrett qualified for the state cross country meet as a freshman and ran the second-fastest time in CHS history at 18:40. However, injuries have hampered her success over the last two seasons. Garrett placed 14th at the Apollo meet.
In order to move up from their third place finish in 2019, the Lady Trojans will need more out of Richter. As a freshman, Richter ran a personal best of 19:50 a week before the Regional. Juniors Lilly Long, Sophia Kattenbraker, and Casey Fisher all ran in the top seven last year and figure to take a step forward.
Mattoon senior Kylie Haacke, meanwhile, will get one last shot at winning the Apollo crown. Last year, Haacke finished as the conference runner-up, trailing Mahomet-Seymour’s Elizabeth Sims by just 11 seconds. Mattoon’s last conference champion came from Megan Shaffer in 2013.
The Wave are young. Allie Wells, Lauryn Samuelson, and Kaylin Richey are returning letter winners. Newcomers Chloe Jobe, Ashley Jobe, Emily Maple, Hallee Perry, and Oakley Layton will get their first view of a varsity race.
Mattoon Boys Golf @ Champaign Centennial Invite, 2 p.m.
The boys golf team will play at the U of I Blue Golf Course in what is dubbed as the Savoy Sixer. Mattoon will be joined by Monticello, St. Thomas More, St. Joseph-Ogdon, St. Teresa, and Champaign Centennial.
St. Teresa will feature one of the better young competitors in the field. Sophomore Cody Dodson qualified for state as a freshman last year. As a team, St. Teresa placed fifth in their Regional.
As a team, Monticello was the Regional runner up before finishing ninth at the Sectional, where no members from the squad made the state tournament. Sophomore William Ross and junior Tanner Buehnerkember both shot in the mid-80s at the regional. Monticello returns its top three golfers, including senior Matt Erickson
Champaign Centennial placed fifth in their own regional last year, but sectional qualifier Damien McMullen has graduated. Neither St. Thomas More nor St. Joseph-Ogdon featured complete teams. SJO lost both of its sectional qualifiers, Payton Grimsley and Jo Acton, to graduation. St. Thomas More senior Noah Eyman qualified for sectionals last year.
Mattoon Girls Golf vs. Mount Zion, 4 p.m.
Mattoon’s Callan Haldorsen and Sanders finished eighth in their pairing at the Charleston Scramble last week and the Green Wave finished seventh out of eight teams. The duo finished just one stroke ahead of Mt. Zion’s Lauren Kyburz and Kenzie Schumate. Mt. Zion finished third at the scramble. This is the only match for the Lady Wave this week.
Charleston Boys Golf @ Mattoon-4:00
A smaller Coles County clash will tee off at Meadowview. Charleston is coming off a season-opening loss to St. Anthony, although they carded a 166 overall. Pierson Smith fired a 1-over-par 37 at the Charleston Country Club. Jackson Becker (41), and Josh Will (43) were right behind him while rookie Cade Landrus shot a 45.
–– KYLE DAUBS