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Selected from all states: The Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association announced its all-state teams in Class 1A and 2A on Monday, with two area athletes being honored. In 1A, Forreston center fielder Carson Akins was selected. He was just one of three sophomores named to the 21-man team.

In 2A, Newman Central Catholic outfielder and pitcher Brendan Tunink was selected for the third consecutive year for the Comets, who finished fourth at the state level this spring after moving up a division.

Pure NUIC team: Forreston led the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference East division with four first-team selections, with sophomores Carson Akins and Kendall Erdmann and juniors Alec Schonhoven and Brendan Greenfield selected. On the second team, Forreston seniors Alex Ryia and Patrick Wichman were named conference champions.

Eastland junior Hunter Miller was named conference MVP, joining senior Trevor Janssen on the first team. Senior Cole Huber was named to the second team and Peyton Spears received honorable mention.

Amboy juniors Eddie Jones and Quinn Lefelman were named to the first team, seniors Landon Montavon and Landon Whelchel and sophomore Rylan McNinch were named to the second team, and Dillon Merriman received honorable mention.

For the Ashton-Franklin Center, juniors Brock Lehman and Aaron Lester were named to the first team. Junior Caleb Thomas was named to the second team and Logan O’Brien received honorable mention.

Polo received the Sportsmanship Award and senior Nolan Hahn was named to the first team. Junior Gus Mumford was selected to the second team.

Sophomore Bryson Wiersema of Milledgeville was named to the first team, while classmates Karter Livengood, Evan Schenk and Colton Hendrick were named to the second team. Seniors Tristan Green and Connor Nye received honorable mention.

In the West Division, Fulton’s AJ Boardman and Cadin Wilkin were named to the first team. Mason Kuebel, Dom Kramer and Chase Dykstra were named to the second team.

Preparing softball

All-NUIC South Team: Sophomore Kendra Kingsby of Milledgeville was named NUIC South Player of the Year. Addison Janssen and Maliah Grenoble joined her on the first team. Olivia Wooden and Loren Meiners were named to the second team.

Amboy’s Tyrah Vaessen and Ellie McLaughlin were named to the first team, Kiera Karlson and Peyton Payne were named to the second team, and Addison Shaw received honorable mention.

Eastland’s Jenica Stoner, Olivia Klinefelter and Izzy Ames (the only freshman) were named to the first team. Vanessa Allen and Kennidee Bryant were named to the second team.

Forreston received the award for athletic achievement as Jenna Greenfield was selected to the first team, Ella Ingram and McKenna Rummel were selected to the second team and Bailey Sterling received honorable mention.

Polo’s Cheyenna Wilkins and Karlea Frey were selected to the first team, while Sydnei Rahn and Camrynn Jones were selected to the second team.

AFC’s Kylie Mershon and Claire Freeman were selected to the second team and Alexis Settles received honorable mention.

Local Golf

Emerald Hills: The Emerald Hill Ladies Golf Association competed on Tuesday, with Whack and Hack being the game of the day. First place after 18 holes was tied with Connie Wolber, Janet Freil, Marti Dowell and Sandi Ivey. Jane Minard, Jean Hermes, Jennifer Paige, Julie Pratt and Meta Rastede finished tied after nine holes.

Barb Harney, Mimi Boysen, Sue Nestor and Vicki Carlson finished in second place after 18 holes.

Freil had the most chip-ins and Sherry Wells was closest to the pin on hole 2. Jackie Foster had the longest putt on hole 18.

Ivey had the lowest gross in 18 holes and Hermes had the lowest gross in nine. Freil made the lowest putts in 18 holes and Minard had the lowest putts in nine.

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