Who was the Journal Star high school athlete of the week?

Adam Duvall
Journal Star

Princeville softball players Mekeya Cihla and Kinley McGinn were voted as the Journal Star athletes of the week.

The duo earned 72 percent of the 22,470 votes, beating out Peoria Notre Dame soccer player Claire Girard (18 percent). The full results are below.

This pair of Princeville underclassman had monster weeks at the plate. Last Monday, Cihla and McGinn each hit two home runs in a 14-1 win over Lowpoint-Washburn/Roanoke-Benson.

McGinn, a sophomore shortstop, drove in six, while Cihla, a freshman catcher, had two RBIs. Cihla then hit two more homers, while McGinn added another one in Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of Stark County. Despite losing two to Aledo Mercer County on Saturday, Cihla smacked another home run.

The poll closed at noon Friday. Information about the nominees is below. The voting for next player of the week begins again Tuesday at pjstar.com. If you have a nominee for the honor, email us at sports@pjstar.com or tag us on Twitter @pjstarsports.

Last week, Madelyn Hessing of the Brimfield/Elmwood softball team was named JS athlete of the week.

Owen Dare, Olympia boys track and field

The senior was a three-event winner at Saturday's Metamora Co-Ed Track Meet. Dare won the 800-meter run in 2:02.62, taking first by nearly two seconds. He teamed with Logan Demling, Anthony Ragland and Brad Schardan to win the 4x800 relay (8:37.99), then capped the meet with Keagan Uphoff, Schardan and Ragland in a 4x400 victory (3:37.05).

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Olympia's Owen Dare runs the 4x800-meter relay at the IHSA Class 2A State Championships at Eastern Illinois University on June 18, 2021.

Nikki Lee, Pekin girls track and field

Lee was a two-event winner in last Tuesday's home Mid-Illini Conference triangular with Dunlap and East Peoria at Pekin's Memorial Stadium. The senior ran a personal-best to win the 100-meter hurdles in 17.24 seconds. She then ran the 300-meter hurdles in 53.59 seconds to win by nearly five seconds. Lee helped the Dragons finish second in the 4x400 relay (4:58.56) and third in the 200-meter dash (28.99 seconds).

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Thomas Krueger, Morton baseball

Five games last week produced Krueger hitting .529 in 17 at-bats. The senior first baseman started the week on Monday with a 4-for-4 effort in a 11-0, five-inning win over Canton. He drove in two with a double, home run and scored two runs. Krueger then drove in two with a double, going 2-for-3 as the Potters beat Olympia, 13-3 in five. Morton, which got two hits, a triple and RBI by Krueger, made it a Mid-Illini Conference sweep with a 13-3, sixth-inning victory against the Little Giants. In capping the week, Krueger recorded a pair of RBIs and scored a run in a 8-4 win over LaSalle-Peru.

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Claire Girard, Peoria Notre Dame girls soccer

Girard capped off a nice week on the pitch with a goal and an assist in key nonconference match. The junior midfielder assisted on a score by Kayley Carew and added a tally of her own as PND tied Morton, 2-2 on Saturday. In last Thursday's 8-0 win over Peoria High, Girard two goals and two assists as the Irish assisted on six of their eight goals. 

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Josh Savage, Washington boys tennis

The No. 1 singles Panthers player didn't drop a set in last Monday's Mid-Illini Conference dual match with Limestone. Savage beat Tate Otter, 6-0, 6-0 as the senior helped lead Washington to a 7-1 league victory.

Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at aduvall@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.