The Mattoon tennis team will kick off its season today while the girls golf team resumes its season after nearly a week off. Charleston girls golf, meanwhile, takes on one of the best teams in the state from last year.
MHS Tennis vs. Newton, 4 p.m.
Defending Apollo Conference champion Mattoon returns senior state qualifiers Emily Stortzum and Tess Huene as well as four of its top six players. Coach Dwight Perry believes the team can make a run at the school record for dual wins.
At last year’s sectional, Newton topped Mattoon in the standings by placing fourth, just one place ahead of the Wave. Newton, the defending Little Illini Conference champions, has lost sectional runner-up Jacelyn Street to graduation.
CHS Girls Golf vs. Champaign St. Thomas More, 4 p.m.
The Lady Trojans return to action by hosting St. Thomas More at the Charleston Country Club. The Sabres placed fifth in the state last year after having won a regional title and placed third at the Sectional. But the team no longer has graduating seniors Alaina Bowie, who tied for third overall at state, and Sammy Miller, who tied for 26th.
Junior Brooke Erhard shot 43 against Bloomington Central Catholic last week at the Prairie Vista Golf Course. Meanwhile, senior Mia Kirby should be a top golfer as well after having spent most of last year as the team’s No. 2 golfer.
The Trojans are coming off a 186-220 win over Teutopolis. Hannah Harpster tied for medalist honors with a score of 43 at the Charleston Country Club, while Stacey Zerbst (45) and Rileigh Babbs (47) were close behind.
MHS Girls Golf @ Champaign Central, Champaign Centennial, 3 p.m.
The Green Wave will compete in a triangular at the University of Illinois Blue Course with both Champaign schools attending. Mattoon has not played since last Tuesday against Mount Zion. Before that, Callan Haldorsen and Piper Saunders led the team at the Charleston Scramble.
MHS Tennis @ Effingham, 4 p.m.
Effingham placed second in the Apollo Conference last year, but lost Carolina Kull to graduation. Kull finished fourth in singles competition and paired up with Riley Arend to place second in doubles. Effingham placed third in the St. Anthony Invite on Saturday, when Madison Mapes and Izzy Volpi reached the No. 2 doubles final, losing in three sets.