The month of October was packed with outstanding performances from the Coles County area. The fall sports season closed this past Saturday and these athletes proved to be the best of October.
Honorable Mention: Madeline Sanders, sophomore & Hannah Harpster, senior (Charleston)
Madeline Sanders and Hannah Harpster led the Charleston girls golf team to their eighth straight IHSA Regional Championship. At the Charleston Regional, Harpster finished third overall while Sanders finished fifth. Then, the two tied for 19th overall to help lead Charleston to a second-place finish at the Class 1A Rochester Sectional, which would have qualified the Trojans for a state berth as a team.
No. 5: Callan Haldorsen, senior (Mattoon)
Callan Haldorsen finished her prep golf career by placing seventh at the Class 2A Champaign Centennial. Her score of 79 was just two strokes from placing among the top five. Haldorsen’s score would have qualified her for the state tournament as an individual. To make matters better? Her score on the final golf outing of her career was a personal best.
No. 4: Brock Davee, junior (Mattoon)
Brock Davee finished fourth at the Apollo Conference Championships, third at the Taylorville Regional, and 11th at the Olney Sectional. At the regionals, Davee ran a season-best time of 15 minutes, 48.8 seconds, while his performance at the sectional would have qualified him for state. With one year left, Davee could be poised for a breakout senior year next season.
No. 3: Kylie Haacke, senior (Mattoon)
Kylie Haacke gets the nod with one more place in the standings, thanks to literally finishing one place higher in the standings. Haacke took second at both the Apollo Conference and regional meets, and then finished 11th at the IHSA Sectional in Olney last weekend. Like Davee, Haacke would have qualified for state, her third successive year in doing so. Along with several other local runners, she will compete in this weekend’s unofficial state cross country meet in Chillicothe.
No. 2: Meade Johnson, senior (Mattoon)
Meade Johnson concluded his golf career with two of his best performances. The All-Apollo golfer was the Class 2A Paris Regional champion. His medalist performance was highlighted by defeating Cameron Ray of Lawrenceville by just one stroke. Then, he teamed up with Stewart Druin and Colton Romine to lead the team to a third-place sectional finish. The team finished the golf season as the Apollo Conference champions, Regional champions, and would have qualified for state. Johnson was a major part of that success.
No. 1: Angela Coe, sophomore (Charleston)
Sophomore Angela Coe won four events at this weekend’s IHSA sectional event, setting four pool records and qualifying for all events for a state meet that was canceled. Coe joins Lauren Pentzien as the only Charleston girls swimmers to win a sectional event. Coe would have been seeded No. 2 in both the 200 IM and 100 fly based upon sectional times the state typically relies upon. She easily won the 200 IM by 16 seconds in 2 minutes, 1.56 seconds, and took the 100 fly by .64 in 54.12. Coe also posted the fourth best time in winning the 100 breast by nearly 9 seconds run 1:02.58 and clocked 4:57.09 to win the 500 free for the fifth best time in the state. Coe also set every Charleston High individual school record.
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