Can you believe we completed the month of September?
Before the fall sports season, there was skepticism that there would even be a season. Instead, we witnessed great performances from Coles County in golf, cross country, tennis and swimming.
We look back at the top 5 performances from Coles County athletes, hopeful that we will see many more in October.
Here are the Coles County Sports athletes of the month.
5. Megan Garrett Is Back: The Charleston High School senior won a Mattoon quad meet with a time of 18 minutes, 40 seconds. It was the first time that Garrett went in the 18s since her freshman year. The two-time All-State 800-meter runner has battled injuries the past two cross country seasons. For the first time in years, Garrett is back and that should scare the rest of the Apollo Conference.
4. Brock Davee clips 16-min mark: The Mattoon High School junior had a fantastic month. Davee won two quad meets and finished runner-up at the Charleston Invitational. At the CHS Invite, Davee ran a career-best 15:52.7, which was just 6 seconds away from the individual championship. The Apollo Conference cross country meet is this month and we could be looking at the lead contender for the defending champion, Taylorville’s Chris Cherry.
3. Taryn Pearson crushes an old PR: Hannah Harpster was a contender to win the Apollo Conference and, rightfully so. However, in the biggest stage of them all, it was Pearson who shed 24 strokes off her previous golf score at Lake of the Woods to tie Harpster for fourth overall at the Apollo Conference tournament. The two teammates helped lead CHS to their first conference title in five years.
2. Angela Coe: A School Record Machine: The sophomore might be new to the swim team, but her presence is going to be everlasting. In her first high school swim meet at Lincoln College, Coe set three school records. Coe set new marks in the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.7), 100-yard butterfly (58.82), and 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.93). And she then lowered the records in two of these events a week later. We have never seen a swimmer like this ever in this area.
1. Stewart Druin winning the Apollo: How can you go against a sophomore winning the overall boys golf title? Mattoon hasn’t seen an individual champion since Nicholas Nguyen winning in 2017. Druin had to beat teammate Colton Romine in a playoff to claim the title. With all the intangibles going, this was by far the best performance of the month of September.