East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Raiders receive fall recognition from conference

  • Seventeen East Peoria Community High School athletes in seven fall sports received all-Mid-Illini Conference recognition.
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  • Seventeen East Peoria Community High School athletes in seven fall sports received all-Mid-Illini Conference recognition.
    The East Peoria football team, which rose to historic heights with a tie for second place in the league, was the school's leader with seven picks.
    Junior running back Michael Thompson and senior lineman Robby Betz were on the first-team offense, while linebacker Lucas Joseph and end Ryan Potendyk, both seniors, were part of the first-team defense.
    Joseph duplicated his status from a year ago after making the second team at the same position as a sophomore.
    The all-M-I second-team offense included East Peoria tight end Nate Nieukirk and lineman Dylan Neuenschwander, both seniors. Junior Sean Mulhern was one of the second-team defensive backs.
    Thirty-six of the 50 football players mentioned were seniors.
    The Raider girls tennis team had three selections after a third-place standing in the league marked its best finish since 1999.
    Seniors Nicole Montgomery and Jessica Smith were named to the first team.
    Both players improved upon second-team nominations the previous year.
    Sarah Kurth, a junior, landed second-team accolades.
    With nine of 16 girls tennis players eligible to return, including the entire second team, next year figures to be a strong one in the sport in the conference.
    Sophomore Matt Church and senior Jacob Vangunten were first-team honorees from the East Peoria boys cross country squad.
    Vangunten was elevated from his second-team slot a season ago.
    Raider girls golfer Bridget Bankes became the first player in the four-year history of the program to earn first-team all-M-I merit.
    Senior Alexa Grant was on the girls golf second team for the second time. She also achieved that designation as a sophomore.
    East Peoria sophomore Jake Plummer was one of the eight players on the talent-laden boys golf first team.
    Five of the eight linksters on that top squad are non-seniors.
    Ally Watson, a girls cross country junior, garnered first-team all-league distinction for the second year in a row.
    She also was a second-team representative in 2010.
    Matt Rundle, a senior, was tabbed for the second team from the Raider boys soccer squad.
    Just six of the 28 all-conference positions in that sport were occupied by non-seniors.
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