The polar vortex is over (fingers crossed) and spring is right around the corner. The Bulldogs have some really talented spring squads that will start their quests for state championships.

The Bulldogs' softball team is coming off a regional championship last year, and the M-S baseball team returns a few key pieces.

Both the M-S girls' and boys' track and field teams are extremely talented and could be threats in the state meets.

The M-S girls' soccer team has won three straight regional championships and is looking to continue its dominance.

Without further ado, let's take a peek at five Bulldogs who could have massive seasons this spring:


No. 1: Aubrie Shore

Shore might be the most dominant player in her respective sport at Mahomet-Seymour. The sophomore is a stud on the softball diamond and high-major offers will start pouring in soon.

Shore saw the accolades roll in after an amazing freshman season last spring.

Shore was named first team All-Area by The News-Gazette, and the Apollo Conference coaches awarded Shore first-team all-conference status.

Shore finished the season with 47 hits, 13 bombs and 49 RBI and helped M-S softball win a regional championship. She finished with a .456 batting average and slugged five doubles and three triples.

Shore didn't only do it with the bat. The youngster was the ace of the Bulldogs' pitching staff. She finished with a team-high 11 wins with a 3.35 earned run average. She struck out 127 in her 144 innings and allowed just 69 earned runs.

M-S softball has high expectations for 2019, and Shore will be the focal point. Although, teams might learn that it would be best not to give Shore a pitch to hit. Leave one over the platter, and Shore will make you pay.


No. 2: Hunter Hendershot

Hendershot was the Class 2A shot put champion last spring with a toss of 60 feet, 3 inches. Hendershot will have every chance to go out and win a second straight state championship in the shot put, but he'll also be a big-time competitor in the discus. Hendershot finished third in the discus last season.

The expectations are high for the junior, but Hendershot has met every goal that M-S boys' track and field coach Todd Lafond has set.

M-S finished second in state last year in large part due to Hendershot's huge day. Now, the Bulldogs' eyes are set on the crown, and they'll need their stud junior to step up yet again.


No. 3: Kyle Kinney

The big lefty first baseman is back to anchor the Bulldogs' pitching staff and provide the thunder in the middle of the lineup. The Kankakee Community College commit hit .333 last spring with one homer, one triple and nine doubles.

Kinney drove in 18 runs and had an on-base percentage of .426. On the bump, he finished with a sparkling 1.15 ERA in more than 24 innings. Kinney allowed just four earned runs. Key contributors Brooks Coetzee, Austin Biehl, Lukas Graham, Tanner Kirts and Kyle Mumm all graduated, so Kinney will have to step up big-time. The senior will be up to the challenge.


No. 4: Mara Pletcher

Pletcher was the first sophomore in M-S' rich history to take a medal in the pole vault last spring. Pletcher cleared 12 feet to take home fourth place. Pletcher helped the Bulldogs finish ninth in the state track meet. The junior has the talent and work ethic to bring home a state championship in the pole vault.


No. 5: Maddie Louis

Louis was the best defender on the M-S girls' soccer team last year, and the senior will have a huge role this spring.

Louis was named first-team All-Area by The News-Gazette after an outstanding junior season. She was a second-team All-Area selection by The News-Gazette in 2017. Meredith Johnson-Monfort is now suiting up for Illinois, and Louis will be a big piece in replacing the former M-S star and helping the Bulldogs in their quest for a fourth straight regional championship.