Chart toppers: Three freshmen to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

Chart toppers: Three freshmen to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner

No. 1

JOE KENNEY

Mahomet-Seymour baseball

The first area player to hit four home runs this season, the shortstop is off to a solid start at the plate, too, with 21 hits in his first 66 at-bats (.318 average).

No. 2

TAYLOR EDWARDS

Arcola softball

and track

A .440 hitter, she pitched a shutout in her debut and a no-hitter eight days later. She enjoys life on the run and is among the area best in the 800 meters (2:28.70).

No. 3

MADDY CHALIFOUX

Central soccer

The center-midfielder has an area-leading 11 goals and is among the leaders with four assists. She had two goals and two assists in Monday's 4-0 win vs. Mattoon.