Coles County will feature plenty of sports these next couple of days as both golf teams, boys and girls, will hit the links, while both tennis teams feature home matches.
MHS Girls Golf @ Charleston Country Club (CHS & Effingham), 4 p.m.
Hannah Harpster is coming off an individual medalist performance over Taylorville last week, shooting a 42. She followed that up by tying for medalist honors at the Charleston Country Club with a score of 43 in CHS’s win over Teutopolis. Charleston’s match Tuesday night against St. Thomas More was rained out. Mattoon is coming off an outing against Champaign Central and Centennial.
Effingham is the defending Apollo Conference champions and senior Ava Boehm was the runner-up last season. At the Apollo, Effingham’s 339 romped past runner-up Charleston’s 412. This will be the first look for these Apollo teams to tee off against each other.
MHS Tennis vs. Champaign Central, 4 p.m.
Robinson visits the Green Wave at the Mattoon Tennis Courts. Last year, the Maroons placed second in their own sectional, nearly winning the whole competition, falling four points shy of St. Thomas More. Robinson’s sectional singles champion and state qualifier, Olivia Gunn, has graduated. Also gone: double state qualifiers Emma Crawford and Erin Durukan. The new-look Champaign team will give Mattoon its second test of the season after Tuesday’s matches were rained out.
CHS Tennis vs. Shelbyville, 4:15 p.m.
Charleston is coming off a nice showing at the St. Anthony Invite. Clara Cox and Maci Mayhall captured the consolation finals at No. 2 doubles, which included an impressive 7-6, 7-6 win over Mahomet-Seymour. Hannah Larson made the consolation finals at No. 2 singles. Last year, Shelbyville placed last at the St. Anthony Sectional.
MHS Boys Golf @ Charleston Country Club (CHS, Urbana, Paris), 4 p.m.
Last week, Stewart Druin had a great week of golf. The sophomore helped lead Mattoon past Monticello, Champaign Centennial, St. Joseph Ogdon, and Decatur St. Teresa with his score of 77 on the University of Illinois Orange Course. He followed that up with a 38 in nine holes to lead Mattoon over Charleston by four strokes.
Charleston had a four-stroke loss to Mattoon and a one-stroke tiebreaker loss last week.
Paris qualified for the sectional as a team last year but lost three seniors, including state qualifier Dawson Watson. Junior Luke Beadley, though, carded a 79 at the regional, which was just two strokes shy of medalist honors. Junior Chance Westerfield shot 88 and looks to be the team’s No. 2, while senior Reese Wagoner is a returning letterman.
Urbana finished ninth in regional last year, and their only sectional individual qualifier, Matt Horner, graduated.
MHS Tennis @ Casey-Westfield, 4 p.m.
Mattoon scored just three points more than Casey-Westfield at the Sectional last year, a 9-6 margin. Casey-Westfield brings back a senior duo of Eva Richardson and Gwendalyn Eckerty, who qualified for state. At No. 1 doubles, Eckerty-Richardson could be must-watch tennis against state-qualifying doubles pair Emily Stortzum and Tess Huene. Both Stortzum and Huene defeated Eckerty and Richardson at the sectional to finish third overall.
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 played in the St. Anthony Invite on Saturday, finishing third overall.