MAHOMET — The Class of 2020 won’t be forgotten. They’ve been dealt one of the unluckiest hands we’ve ever seen. And as one class departs for the real world, it’s easy to forget about them and look at the new crop of talent that’s coming.
But we’re not doing that. Plenty of times, the same names get the recognition for leading their teams to success. Here are eight seniors who left their mark on Mahomet-Seymour athletics.
Nic Liagridonis: There’s not a bad word that can be said about Liagridonis. His hard work was never questioned. His motives were always pure. He didn’t complain about his role on the football team and made a game-sealing interception on Senior Night. He was the ultimate defender in basketball. He got after it whenever his number was called, and he was locked-in from the bench too. Liagridonis is heading to the University of Chicago in the fall.
Mason Butler: Baseball was always “his” sport, but sadly, Butler didn’t get that opportunity. But Butler left his mark on the M-S boys basketball program. He was always the guy on the bench who was calling out mismatches. He even suggested plays to Ryan Bosch on occasion. M-S wouldn’t have won 20 games without Butler’s senior leadership.
Levi Frost: Frost realized early that he might not be one of the top sprinters on the Bulldogs’ boys’ track and field team. But that didn’t stop him from trying to make an impact. Frost became head coach Todd Lafond’s right-hand man. Frost hopes to become a track and field coach one day.
Ashley Wheeler: Wheeler was a three-sport athlete for the Bulldogs. She played basketball, volleyball and softball. She was one of the most devoted athletes in the program.
Brooke Benson: The M-S girls’ soccer team was loaded with plenty of talent. But Benson didn’t ever complain about her role. Instead, she just wanted to win. Even if that meant giving her little sister, Brea, more opportunities to knock in goals.
Noah Schnepper: The wrestling team was filled to the brim with youngsters, and Schnepper took a leadership role. He finished with 25 wins as a senior and was second-team All-Apollo Conference too.
Caleb Benedict: Benedict nailed the game-winning kick in shootouts against Normal Community early in the year, and his veteran leadership was a huge reason why M-S boys’ soccer continued their dominance.
Britta Slupski: Slupski was relatively new to tennis, but she soaked up everything head coach Alex Amatyleon said and made some big-time noise late in the season.