Vote in Peoria High School Athlete of the Week Poll: Football Stars, More


After many strong fall sports artists over the past week, here are the nominees for Journal Star High School Athlete of the Week for October 17-22.

Go to to vote. Voting closes at noon Friday. Information on the nominees is below.

If you have a candidate for this honor, email us at [email protected] or tag us on Twitter @pjstarsports. Last week, Kaitlyn Robinson of the Macomb volleyball team was named JS Athlete of the Week.

Garrett Cox, American Football

The senior played a rare dual role in Washington’s 7-0 win over Morton last Friday. He filled the punter and kicker roles, averaging 33.5 yards on four punts. He also scored an extra point in the game’s only score. The defensive lineman also posted 1.5 sacks as the Panthers (6-3) rode a five-game winning streak in Friday’s Class 6A playoff game with Midlothian Bremen (8-1).

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Mason Boles, Eureka Football

The senior was responsible for two touchdowns as the Hornets rebounded with a 21-0 win over Deer Creek-Mackinaw last Friday. Boles put the Hornets ahead 14-0 with an 82-yard fumble return for a touchdown. He then capped the game score with a 65-yard TD run. Eureka (7-2) hosts Beardstown (5-4) for a Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a Class 3A first-round meeting.

Maddie Mooney, Metamora Volleyball

The senior libero helped Metamora wrap up his regular season and undefeated Mid-Illini Conference season on Thursday. Mooney recorded 10 digs and three aces in a 25-11, 25-12 win over Dunlap. The win secured a 14-0 league season for the Redbirds (29-4), who will open Class 3A regional play next Tuesday at home.

Kenna Wollard, Illinois Valley Central volleyball player

Wollard became the all-time career leader in the Peoria area on Saturday. Behind her 25 kill effort in a straight-set win over Rantoul, the senior outside hitter now has 1,704 kills, surpassing Morton’s Allison McGlaughlin, who had 1,697 kills from 2004-2007. Wollard also sits at the #3 in state history with this count. The victory gave IVC (31-3-1) the record single-season winning program, while locking up an undefeated Illini Prairie Conference championship at 9-0.

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Isaiah Hill, Elmwood/Brimfield Boys Go Cross Country

The junior won the Class 1A Macomb Regional last Saturday, covering the 3-mile course at Spring Lake Park in 16:23.9. This time was 21.2 seconds faster than the second. Mika Nelson (fourth, 16:59.7), Aiden Faulkner (fifth, 17:07.3), LJ Higgs (sixth, 17:10.5) and Reed Florey (eighth, 17:24.6) all made it into the top 10. The Trojans won the team title with 19 points. E/B now heads to its home course – Maple Lane Country Club – for the sectional meet on Saturday.

Sophia Ramirez, Washington Girls Cross Country

Ramirez continued his impressive freshman season last Saturday, winning the Class 2A Peoria Notre Dame Regional Individual Title. His 3.1-mile time of 19:46.4 on the Yeti CC course at Donovan Park came 35.5 seconds ahead. The Panthers, who won the tag team title 39-59 against the hosts, now head to the Metamora Section at Black Patridge Park next Saturday.

Andrew Bonham, Peoria Notre Dame Men’s Soccer

Peoria Notre Dame's Andrew Bonham (15) moves the ball around Richwoods' Leo Day in the first half of their Class 2A regional football game on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at PND High School.  The Irish advanced with a 6-0 win.

The senior started the scoring in PND’s 3-1 win over Dunlap in the Class 2A Regional Final. His goal at 3:10 of the first half came from an assist from Dillon Stickelmaier. PND (18-3-1) heads to the Washington Section and faces Orion/Cambridge/Sherrard (21-3-3) in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Ally Unruh, Dunlap girls swimming and diving

Unruh won two events at Saturday’s Mid-Illini Conference Invitational in Beijing. His individual victory came in the 500 yard freestyle in addition to winning the 400 yard freestyle relay. She teamed with Shannon McCall, Grace DiGiallonardo and Ava Salverson as the Eagles won the Invitational, 437.5 points over Washington (376) and third-place Beijing (264).

Olivia Reynolds and Julia Wojtowicz, Richwoods women’s tennis

The doubles team became only the third pair from the Peoria area to make the final four in the Illinois High School Association Girls’ National Tennis Final. A 6-0, 7-6(4) win over Chatham Glenwood’s Amber Ehrlich and Simmi Mander gave Reynolds and Wojtowicz a third-place finish in the Class 1A State Finals on Saturday morning. This duo advanced to the semi-finals before falling to eventual state champion Addison Lanton and Noelle Lanton of Elgin Academy.

After:Richwoods duo make Peoria history at IHSA Women’s Tennis National Finals

Adam Duvall is a sports reporter for the Journal Star. Email him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.


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