The Miller Media Group and the First National Bank in Taylorville are proud to present the area athletes of the month.
Female Athlete of the Month
The Female Athlete of the Month is Ryan Dooley. Ryan is a sophomore guard on the Central A&M Lady Raiders basketball team. Ryan led her team to a 4th place finish in the Class 1A State Championship. For her leadership, Ryan was named All State 1st Team. She averaged 15.6 points per game, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and shot a blistering 45% from the field and 70% from the charity stripe. Coach Dooley is looking forward to having his guard lead them back to state since he is returning his starting 5 next year.
Male Athlete of the Month
The Male Athlete of the Month is Aaron Herkert. Aaron is senior captain on the Taylorville Tornado Wrestling team. Aaron wrestled in the 182 pound weight class and amassed a 30 and 7 mark on the season. Aaron finished 2nd at the Clinton Invitational, 3rd at the Morton Invite, was the Champion at the George Girardi Normal U-High Tourney and Champion at the Centralia Class 2A Regional. Aaron fell 1 win short of going to the State tournament this year. He has offers to wrestle or play football and is still considering his options.
The Miller Media Group and The First National Bank in Taylorville salute these athletes for their hard work and dedication. Watch every month as we select a male and female athlete from the towns in Central Illinois.