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Vote: CSM Spring Athletes of the Week, presented by Dominos: April 1-7 2024

Updated: Apr 10

A busy weekend in Central Illinois prep sports after a stretch of dozens of cancellations and postponements resulted in many strong performances in various sports.

More no-hitters were thrown in softball, some of the best baseball teams in the area got key contributions in big moments and track and field standouts convened in Metamora for a meet full of local flavor.

The following athletes are our nominees for CSM Spring Athletes of the Week, presented by Dominos, with information on their standout performances below.

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UPDATE: Tremont's Maia Lorengo and Normal West's Tyler Cunningham won CSM Girls and Boys Athletes of the Week respectively. Voting concluded at 7 PM on Wednesday.

Girls Athlete of the Week nominees

Maia Lorengo, Tremont softball

Lorengo was masterful in the circle for Tremont on Friday, throwing a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts and two walks in a 4-0 win over Heart of Illinois Conference opponent LexingtonRidgeview. She threw five more shutout innings in a Turks win over Normal U-High the next day, earning the win while hitting two doubles and driving in three runs. 

Millie Kaufman, Eureka girls track and field

Kaufman stood out for Eureka at the Metamora Co-Ed Invite on Saturday, being a top-three-finishing magnet in the 100 meter and 400 meter races. The freshman won the 400 meters in a personal-best 1:00.88 and took third in the 100 meters. She ran the anchor leg on the Hornets 4x400 relay team that won by nearly four seconds over Normal Community, and for their 4x100 relay group that finished third. 

Ellie Schaffer, Metamora softball

Schaffer was an integral part of a busy weekend for Metamora as it hosted the Margie Wright Showcase. She went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run in an 11-7 win over Loyola Academy on Saturday and went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs in an 8-6 win over Huntley on Friday. 

Sutton Centoni, Dunlap softball

Centoni joined the no-hitter club on Friday with a blanking of a powerful Brimfield/Elmwood team. Centoni struck out 12 and walked one in her big effort, needing only 85 pitches to accomplish the feat. She added an RBI in a 3-0 Eagles win. On Saturday, she came out of the bullpen and struck out six and allowed just one hit in 3.1 innings in a loss to Rochester. 

Jazmin West, Normal Community girls track and field

West continued a strong spring at the Metamora Co-Ed Invite on Saturday, helping the Lady Iron finish first at the 11-team meet. The senior won the 100 meters in 12.49 seconds, seven-tenths of a second ahead of teammate Jahariah Williams, and took second in the 200 meters in 26.25 seconds. She helped Normal Community finish second in the 4x200 meter relay as well. 

Boys Athlete of the Week nominees

TJ Larson, Bloomington Central Catholic boys track and field

Larson was a big part of a solid showing for BCC at the Metamora Co-Ed Invite as the Saints finished fourth out of 13 teams. The junior won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.21 seconds and helped BCC to another first place finish by running on the Saints’ winning 4x100 relay team, which clocked in at 43.46 seconds.

CK Witte, IVC baseball

Witte turned in a dominant performance against reigning Class 1A State runner-up Henry-Senachwine on Friday to help IVC take home a 2-0 win. Witte threw a complete game shutout with eight strikeouts and one walk while scattering five hits. 

Brady Johnson, Washington baseball

Johnson came up big when it mattered most for the Panthers in a pair of heart-pounding victories over the weekend. He had the go-ahead RBI for Washington in the fifth inning against Metamora to give his team a 2-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish as part of a 3-3 day at the plate. On Saturday, he hit a game-tying ground out in the bottom of the seventh to send their game against Ottawa to extra-innings, where Washington won on a walk-off homer from Garrett Cox.

Tyler Cunningham, Normal West boys tennis

Cunningham helped the Wildcats pull out a narrow 5-4 victory over Pekin with a pair of victories. He won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and alongside doubles partner Dane Schlipmann, won 8-3 in No. 2 singles. 

Ryan Theile, Normal Community baseball

Theile was a consistent threat in Normal Community’s lineup as the Ironmen continued their now-13-game winning streak. The catcher went 3-for-3 with three doubles and an RBI in a 13-0 triumph over Danville on Monday, hit a clutch game-tying two-run single against Champaign Central on Friday and added another RBI to his total in a 7-5 win over Dunlap on Saturday.

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