Athletes and teams of the week

By on October 19, 2022 0

Athletes of the week

Addison Binnie

Binnie carried the ball 14 times for 231 yards and three touchdowns, including one for 70 yards, last Friday as the River Kings beat Mount Pleasant 49-26. The quarterback rushed for 1,045 yards and 16 touchdowns as well as 780 yards and four scores. He ranks in the top five in Class 4A racing and all-around yardage. Binnie is also one of the best tacklers in the River Kings.

Zayda Graham

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Graham won her first IHSA Class 2A sectional singles title last Friday with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over teammate and top seed Karenna Zemek in the final in Bloomington. The second seed heading into the tournament, Graham posted 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-3 wins in the quarter-finals and semi-finals. A state doubles qualifier last year, Graham will make her state singles debut on Thursday.

Rubi Tapia Macias

Tapia-Macias was named the Western Big 6 Conference Girls Most Valuable Runner after winning the league meeting last Thursday at Empire Park. She set a personal best with a time of 18 minutes, 6 seconds, plus a three-second win over Olivia Schuering of Quincy. Tapia-Macias, with three wins this season, was the school’s first female WB6 champion since Brooke Ashcraft in 2003.

Teams of the week

Football

Last week: The Mustangs’ playoff hopes looked dim a few weeks ago, but they responded with lopsided wins over Orion (55-13) and LeRoy (56-7) to get back to .500 this season. Thanks to the play of his offensive line, Morrison accumulated more than 400 yards of attack against LeRoy. The Mustangs also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. Morrison can become playoff eligible with a win over Erie-Prophetstown (4-4) Friday night.

Pleasant Valley Volleyball

Last week: The Spartans captured their sixth straight Mississippi Athletic Conference championship last week with victories over Class 3A runners-up Assumption and Central DeWitt. Winners of 39 consecutive league matches since 2018, PV knocked out Assumption in four sets on the road and followed with a sweep of Central DeWitt. Siena Roethler has 68 assists in the wins. Coach Amber Hall’s team is 25-6 in Thursday’s Regional 5A semifinal.

Tipton Boys Cross Country

Last week: Powered by four of the first 12, Tipton won the River Valley Conference championship in Iowa City last Tuesday. The Tigers finished with 56 points, a dozen ahead of second-placed Monticello. Clay Bohlmann finished second in the competition with a time of 16 minutes, 54 seconds over 5,000 meters. Ty Nichols was fourth, Maxson Fogg fifth and Caleb Bohlmann 12th. Seeking a fourth state title in five years, Tipton runs at Monticello Thursday in state qualifying.