Stewart Druin and Madden Johnson are not adversaries. 

They are just teammates to Blaine Powers. 

Druin, Johnson, and Powers all could make a run at medalist honors at the Apollo Conference Championships but Powers said it’s “not so much competition” since they are on the same team. 

Both Druin and Johnson are the returning medalist winners at the Apollo from the last two seasons. Johnson was the only of the pair to make All-Apollo and clinch a berth in the state tournament. Druin made All-Apollo but missed out on making state, while Powers overcame a midseason slump that cost him All-Apollo to make state with Johnson. 

Entering his senior year, Powers feels confident with the triple-threat at the top, along with the rest of the team, the Green Wave won’t have to worry about anyone on the team missing state. 

“No, I believe we can make it to state as a team and make it pretty far,” said Powers. 

Powers has been splitting his time this offseason between basketball, baseball, and golf this summer. Both golf and basketball will feature new coaches this upcoming season, while baseball is starting to wind down. 

Despite the time crunch, Powers said he has been making time for improvement. 

“I have been getting to the course as much as I can with the time available with being a three-sport athlete,” said Powers. “My goals for this season are to compete and do well at conference, state, and every tournament.”

Mattoon ought to be the frontrunner to win a third straight Apollo Conference championship.

Winning the Apollo and making state are among the team’s goals. 

“I believe we can win Apollo again as well as make a run in the state tourney,” said Powers.