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Turner advances to state track meet

By KENT COULTAS Connor Turner placed second in the triple jump at last week’s IHSA boys’ track and field sectional and advanced to this weekend’s state meet. The top two individuals in each event, and those that meet state qualifying marks will compete the IHSA State Track meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Turner…

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Baseball and softball teams wrap up 2022 seasons

By KENT COULTAS Brown County scored three runs in the first inning and beat West Central 6-0 in the championship game of the Brown County 1A Baseball regional at Mt. Sterling. The Hornets (24-4) scored another run in the second inning and added two more in the fourth. Tyson Brown had two hits to lead…

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Lady Cougars take first in section, heading to state

By Kent Coultas West Central’s 4×200 relay finished first at the Beardstown 1A Girls’ Track and Field Sectional May 13 and advanced to the state track and field meet. The top two placers in each event and those that met state qualifying standards advanced. The IHSA Class 1A will be held May 19-21 at Eastern…

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Ford places at State track meet

By Kent Coultas Ryker Ford placed in three individual events and ran on a relay at the IESA State Eighth Grade Boys’ Track and Field championships last weekend at Eastside Center in East Peoria. Ford finished fourth in the long jump with a distance of 18-2 ½. He finished seventh in the 100 in 12.38…

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Cougars close out season with two wins

By Kent Coultas West Central’s baseball team ended the regular season with two wins last week. The Cougars (13-12) beat North Greene 12-1 and followed that with an 8-2 win against Camp Point Central at home on May 13. West Central begins postseason May 19 against Payson at 4:30. If the Cougars win, they will…

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Winners at pentathlon

The Saukee Olympics in Pittsfield is unique for many reason. One is the pentathlon, a special event not run at many track meets.The event includes shot put, long jump, hurdles, 100m dash and 1500m race. At the end of the event, all competitors scores from each competition are added together. West Central’s Conner Turner took…

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Cougars hold Tornadoes to one run

By Kent Coultas West Central scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, beating Griggsville-Perry  8-1 in baseball on May  2 in Winchester. Cole Meyer doubled to lead off the sixth inning. He scored when Mason Berry reached base and ended up on third base after an error. Berry scored on a ground…

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Lady Cougars sweep relays and take WIVC title

By Kent Coultas West Central swept all of the relay events and won the WIVC Girls’ Track and Field championship on May 3 at Carrollton. The Cougars finished 176 points. Greenfield-Northwestern and Routt tied for second with 112 points. West Central won the 4×100 in 54.52 seconds, the 4×200 in 1:55.46 minutes, the 4×400 in…

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Boys take fourth at WIVC meet

By Kent Coultas Conner Turner won two events to lead the West Central boys’ track and field team at the WIVC meet May 3 in Carrollton. Greenfield-Northwestern won the meet. Routt Catholic finished second, Pleasant Hill was third and West Central finished fourth.

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Jacksonville Rotary announces Scholar-Athlete Award recipients

Twenty-six west central Illinois students received 2022 Rotary Scholar-Athlete Awards from the Rotary Club of Jacksonville in April. The awards recognize one senior student from each high school for demonstrating outstanding leadership, athletic achievement and academic excellence during his or her high school career. Students were selected based on the recommendations of school administrators and…

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