Josh Jackson and Matthew Daniel
Swimming: Matthew Daniel
Daniel, 14, and an incoming freshman at Alton, spurred the Summers-Port Sharks during the past swim season and is continuing to excel in the pool.
He was at his best for them in the recent SWISA swim competition at the Godfrey pool. Daniel set SWISA records for 13-14 boys in the 100 IM (57.7 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke. The Sharks benefited from his bundle of victories, winning their 22nd consecutive league championship. Overall, he set five Summers-Port marks in 2014.
The past weekend, Daniel established an Ozark conference record in the 200 butterfly (2:11.78) and earned the high point award at the Ozark Long Course championships. He was selected winner of the Penny Taylor award for surfacing as the outstanding swimmer of the meet. He won six events in all.
Racing: Josh Jackson
Jackson of South Roxana took his love of cars and fast driving from working the pit crew for his uncle Joe Dresch, the No. 5 in the Modified division, to the driver’s seat and ultimately into the mid-season point championship position.
Jackson, 30, began racing his own car at age 19, but this is the first year he has taken the point lead in his division. Jackson secured the point lead in the UMP Pro-Crate Late Model division two weeks ago after racing to a feature win at Tri-City Speedway. Jackson’s win nudged Aaron Heck out of the points lead.
A regular member at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, he has spent the last 15 years dedicating his time to the sport of racing and climbing the point ladder with only six point weeks remaining in the season. Jackson and Heck have a three-point difference between them.