Roundup: Tri-County releases all-conference baseball teams for 2021, Marquette’s Luke Couch named league’s POY
Trio of Times-area girls compete at IWCOA state finals in Springfield
By Shaw Local News Network
Fourteen Times-area ballplayers from Marquette, Seneca, and Woodland/Flanagan Cornell earned honors on the 2021 Tri-County All-Conference Baseball Teams.
On the TCC First Team are Maquette seniors Luke Couch (unanimous) and Nick Melvin (unanimous), along with Crusaders junior Beau Ewers and Seneca seniors Braydon Roe (unanimous) and Gage Cryder (unanimous), as well as Fighting Irish junior Matt Cruise.
Couch was also named the Tri-County Conference Player of the Year.
Earning spots on the Second Team were Marquette sophomores Aidan Thompson, Taylor Waldron, and Logan Nelson, Seneca senior Cole Underhill, and Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell sophomore Xander Boyles.
Earning Honorable Mention were Marquette senior Shane Reynolds, Seneca senior Hayden Klicker, and WFC sophomore Carter Ewing.
A trio of Times-area girls — Ottawa’s Sara Meyer and Amanda Simpson, as well as Sandwich’s Bailey Sherman — competed at Monday’s Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Girl’s State Tournament held at the BOS Center in Springfield.
Meyer, at 138 pounds, opened the day with a 14-12 win over Niles West’s Al Ghala Mariam Al Radi, but fell via pinfall (3:03) to eventual runner-up Keira Dafnis of Wauconda. She then earned a pinfall (1:04) over Oak Park-River Forest’s Keydy Peralta before falling in a rematch with Al Radi, 7-6, and dropping the seventh-place bout to Rock Island’s Sanaa Hampton by pinfall (1:18).
Simpson, at 182 pounds, lost to Chicago Sullivan’s Cheyene Patterson via pinfall (2:21) in her opening match but rebounded to top Kennedy’s Isabelle DeSando by pin in 2:36. She then lost her final two bouts, to Tinley Park’s Maren Anderson (6-2) and again to Patterson via pin (1:43) in the fifth-place bout.
Sherman, at 120 pounds, lost her opening bout to eventual champion Maya Davis of Chatham Glenwood via pin (1:56), but regrouped to pick up three consecutive victories via pin over Goreville’s Ariel Board (:35), Trinity’s Delaney Burns (2:39) and Loyola Academy’s Elise McKeag (3:38). Sherman then dropped a pair of bouts via pinfall to Vernon Hills’ Kylie Schuldt (1:23) and Maine East’s Miriam Lupu (:19) for seventh place.