Daily Union Athletes of the Week put it all on the line when it counted.
Morgan Powers of Shelbyville girls track had one of the gutsiest finishes in recent state track history. Powers advanced to the IHSA State Track Meet with a qualifying time in the 800 meter run at sectional (2:25.70). In the state preliminary round on Thursday, she was boxed in early in the 800.
She began passing and closing in on the leader. She made it to 2nd place, then down the stretch when a path opened along the rail she went for it. She dug deep inside and caught the leader just before the finish line, then was squeezed against the rail and started to go down.
She leaned forward across the finish line as she started to fall with style. Flat on the track, scraped up, she eventually got up and saw she qualified for finals but finished one 1/100th of a second behind the leader.
Mikah Maples of Central A&M girls track won two medals at the IHSA State Track Meet. Maples was 3rd in the state in the shot put, though not expecting to place very high before the meet. She threw 39 feet, 9 inches. Maples also repeated as a medalist in the discus, finishing 2nd in the state. She threw 133 feet, four inches.
Kayla Brachbill of Shelbyville girls softball was perfect at the plate on Saturday in the Shelbyville Regional Championship game. Though Shelbyville lost, 5-3, Brachbill went 4-for-4 with four consecutive base hits, scoring one of the Rams’ three runs.
In the regional semi on Tuesday, Brachbill went 3-for-4 and reaching on an error. She once again got on base all four times. She scored twice and drove in one. She went 7-for-8 during regional play.
Kenton Wilson (jr.) of the Shelbyville boys track team scored a huge upset in the Shelbyville Sectional on Saturday. Eric Ponder of Tuscola was suppose to win the 1600 and the 3200. Ponder won the 2-mile. But when it came to the mile, Kenton Wilson ran him to ground. Wilson was crowned the 1600 sectional champion by more than 3 seconds over Ponder to advance to state.