2018 State Champion: Harley Russell (Mt. Zion) 186-11
Key Athletes: Hunter Hendershot (Jr., Mahomet-Seymour), Clay Alewelt (Jr., Rochester), Alex Anger (Jr., Galena), Josh Schmid (Jr., Marion), Steven Lewis (Jr., Pontiac), Payton Smith (Sr., Mattoon), Tyler Sudduth (Sr., Richton Park [Rich South]), Preston Ruud (Jr., Sycamore), Athan Huelskamp (Jr., Arlington Heights [St. Viator]), Charlie Waldusky (Sr., Lisle)
Breakdown: If you have a coin in your pocket, you might as well pull it out and toss it up in the air and make a call on your favorite performer. The top choice exists among last year's three all-staters: Hunter Hendershot (3rd), Clay Alewelt (5th), and Josh Schmid (7th).
For starters, Hendershot is the #2 returner in the state and with renewed confidence of a great past year coupled by many eyes on him this term, the faithful should expect amazing things. To be bluntly honest, the pundits will salivate for something in the 180-foot range. Alewelt was just a few feet in back of Hendershot at 166', it will be a mental and physical battle between the pair. Schmid enters as more of a wild card this year with a personal best of 161-2. His marks fluctuated throughout last year, but if Schmid can find consistency, it will be trouble for his foes. Oh and all these three are juniors so, we get the pleasure of seeing them battle for the next two seasons.