Here are this week’s candidates for the Welcome Home Realty Prime Time Performer.
You can vote once every 12 hours until the polls close on Friday at 5 p.m.
The winner will receive a $20 gift card to Mariah’s.
Caleb Nix (Auburn Wrestler) Auburn is sending eight wrestlers to the PORTA Sectional this weekend, but only one from Clinton came out a regional champion on Saturday. That one is Caleb Nix at 132 pounds. Nix pinned Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley’s Dakota Matthews in two minutes and 31 seconds to improve to 39-3 on the season.
Abby Ratsch (Springfield Forward) Ratsch didn’t know it, but Saturday’s game against Glenwood was much more than just a conference game. Looking to stay undefeated in the CS8, a win Saturday would also give head coach Brad Scheffler 400 career wins. The Titans threw everything they had at the Senators, and Ratsch threw everything and more right back. The senior forward dropped 36 points in the overtime win, including the two game-tying free throws with under a minute to go to force overtime. Ratsch came up in the clutch when her team, and her coach, needed her most.
Justin Owens (Rochester Wrestler) The senior had no cakewalk on his way to being a regional champion. The 33-3 Owens had to face off with Jacksonville’s Tyger Vaniter in the 152 pound final at Chatham on Saturday. Vaniter had the advantage after one with a 9-8 lead, but Owens came back in the second with a pin, his 27th of the year, to become a regional champion.
Larry Hemingway (Lanphier Guard) If Larry Hemingway can keep shooting like he did against Collinsville at the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout on Friday, then the Lions could be some serious trouble down the stretch. The senior guard, still recovering from a knee injury that cost him the early portion of the season, dropped a game-high 35 points against the Kahoks, hitting seven 3-pointers. It wasn’t enough to get the win against a 21-3 Collinsville team, but an effort like that could help turn the tide for the Lions with their remaining schedule.
Jacquez Stewart (Springfield Wrestler) In what has been an injury-plagued year for the senior, Stewart seems to be rounding into form at just the right time. He was Springfield High’s lone regional champ at 138 pounds, beating Rochester’s Mason Ross with a 9-2 decision at Chatham on Saturday. Stewart has just as good of a chance as any area wrestler to be on the mats at state, so Saturday was just the start of a long journey for the senior.
Caroline Jachino (Pleasant Plains Guard) Jachino started the week with a 24 point effort in a win over Lutheran, and ended it with an undefeated Sangamo title with the Cardinals’ win over Athens AND notching over 1,000 career points. Not a bad week at all for the junior as Pleasant Plains heads into the postseason.
Drew Harmon (Springfield Diver) What better way to go out than on top? Competing in the diving portion of the CS8 swim meet on Saturday, the Springfield High senior was spectacular. Harmon scored a 469.3, a new CS8 record, beating Levi Vorreyer’s record from last year. Vorreyer, only a sophomore, also broke his own record on Saturday, but still fell behind to second behind Harmon. At least for the next year, Harmon is the CS8 record holder.
Connor Miller (Glenwood Wrestler) Competing at 220 pounds for Glenwood on Saturday, Miller was instrumental in securing the Chatham regional championship for the Titans right on their home mats. Miller pinned Mt. Zion’s Doug Rawlings in the 220 pound championship, giving his team 6 points and essentially sealing the team win over Mt. Zion in the process.
Deon Mathews (Southeast Guard) Deon Mathews only tallied 6 points in the Spartans win against U-High, but the Spartans aren’t undefeated in the CS8 still without his two 3-pointers against U-High. With just five seconds remaining on the clock, Terrion Murdix found Deon Mathews in the corner as time expired to give Southeast a 50-49 comeback win over the Pioneers. Mathews was about as prime time as it gets with his game winner.
Allison Campbell (Tri-City Guard) Anytime you sink six 3-pointers in a game, you deserve a PTP nod. Allison Campbell went crazy from three against Athens, scoring 20 points off her hot shooting performance in the Tornadoes 41-27 win.
Nic Laird (Athens Guard) Nic Laird had the green light against Hartsburg-Emden on Saturday. The junior guard hit seven 3-pointers, tallying up 34 points in Athens 84-38 win. Laird hit 6 of those before halftime, notching 31 points at the break. Laird was unconscious from beyond the arc.
Graham Turk (Glenwood Swimmer) The junior Titan was a key cog in the Glenwood defense of the CS8 Swim title. Turk led the Titans to first place finishes in both the 200 yard medley relay and the 400 yard freestyle relay, while also adding an individual win in the 200 freestyle. Without Turk, the Titans may not have gone back to back.