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Vote: CSM Fall Athletes of the Week: Sept. 18-24, 2023

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

This week past week in high school sports featured a Farmington quarterback's heroics, multiple conference champions in boys and girls golf, a pair of significant volleyball achievements and more.

The following athletes have been nominated for our CSM Fall Athletes of the Week, presented by Jake Weston State Farm.

There are polls for Girls Athlete of the Week and Boys Athlete of the Week. The nominees, along with a summary of their recent accomplishments, are listed below.

UPDATE: Owen Adams of Morton boys golf won Boys Athlete of the Week voting with 39 percent of the vote total. Teriana Jones of Washington volleyball won Girls Athlete of the Week with 43 percent of the vote total. Voting closed at 5 PM on Tuesday.

Boys Athlete of the Week nominees:

Brecken Fahrenkrug, IVC boys cross country: The Grey Ghosts senior runner led IVC at Kewanee's Boiler Invitational on Saturday, finishing in second with a time of 17:17.05 that was less than two seconds behind race winner Anthony Kelson of Mendota. IVC won the event with a team score of 22, including Cullan Fahrenkrug's third-place time of 17:48.86.

Braden Hayes, El Paso-Gridley boys golf: Hayes won the Heart of Illinois Conference championship on Tuesday at El Paso Golf Club, shooting a 74, five strokes clear of runner-up Nathan Buchanan from Fieldcrest. Hayes' round helped El Paso-Gridley win the HOIC Tournament team title as well with a team score of 328.

Lane Wheelwright, Farmington football: Wheelwright helped captain a 30-26 rivalry win for the Farmers over Elmwood/Brimfield on Friday night, including an 84-yard touchdown pass to Sam Gronewold in the fourth quarter to give Farmington a 23-20 lead. Wheelwright finished with 235 yards and four touchdowns on 10 of 16 passing to help keep the Farmers' perfect 5-0 record intact.

Owen Adams, Morton boys golf: In the most important round of the year so far –and in unfavorable wet conditions to boot– the Potters' sophomore Adams shot a 73 to win medalist honors at the Mid-Illini Conference Tournament at Quail Meadows Golf Course in Washington. The 73 easily topped his previous lowest career round (79) and helped the Potters win the team title with a score of 313.

More from the boys Mid-Illini Conference Tournament: Drenched Mid-Illini Tournament results in win for Adams, Morton boys golf

Parker Mullens, Limestone boys soccer: Mullens scored a hat-trick and had two assists in the Rockets' 6-1 win over Springfield Southeast on Thursday. The senior found the back of the net once again in a 5-2 win over Roanoke-Benson/Eureka on Friday to help Limestone advance to 8-6-1 on the year.

Girls Athlete of the Week nominees:

Teriana Jones, Washington volleyball: Jones came up big for the Panthers last week, earning all-tournament honors at Champaign Central's SETtember Fest behind 24 kills, 23 digs and three blocks at the tournament. Jones also added a team-high five kills and five digs in a conference loss to Dunlap on Tuesday.

Theresa Bartelme, Richwoods girls tennis: Bartelme helped Richwoods win a tournament over the weekend with a pair of singles wins that accounted for two of the Knights' nine points. She won 8-0 over Limestone's Katelyn Smith and 8-2 over Pekin's Mya Chau, both of which won matches earlier in the day.

Morgan Grant, IVC girls golf: Grant, who typically plays for IVC's boys team due to the Grey Ghosts not fielding a girls varsity golf team, won the girls' Illini Prairie Conference Tournament with a blistering score of 76. The score was 11 shots clear of runner-up Clare Vogel of Bloomington Central Catholic and Grant's scorecard included three birdies.

Allison DeFreese, Eureka volleyball: DeFreese hit the milestone of 1,000 career assists in Eureka's conference win over Fisher on on Thursday. The senior setter notched 14 assists in the match against the Bunnies and added 22 more in a Hornets win over Flanagan-Cornell on Tuesday.

Sophia Ramirez, Washington girls cross country: Ramirez won the East Peoria Invitational at Illinois Central College on Saturday with a time of 19:06.60. Her effort helped the Panthers take first at the 15-team meet with 28 points, thanks to top-10 finishes from Jayne Hermann, Madeleine James, Olivia Nordheilm and Caylie Ahten as well.

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