MONTICELLO — J.J. Malone has had some extraordinary moments on the soccer field in his four years at Blue Ridge. But none of them come close to the hat trick he pulled off in Saturday's Monticello Regional championship match.
Malone scored twice in the final four minutes of regulation to push the Knights past Monticello 3-2 and net the program its first regional plaque.
CHAMPAIGN — Patrick Wong came ready to play.
The Urbana University High junior forward asserted himself on the offensive end in the opening minutes of Friday's Class 1A regional championship. Because of it, the Illineks were able to come through with a 3-1 victory against Fisher/GCMS.
At Catlin. Chrisman got 23 assists from SHELBY ROSS in a 25-14, 25-15 victory against Salt Fork. PAIGE THEVENIN had 11 kills and BRETT BISHOP added six for the Cardinals (16-6). EMILY McFADDEN led the Storm with eight kills.
In boys' soccer
At Monticello. JACOB HANSELMAN had a goal and two assists to propel Monticello to a 3-0 victory against Olympia in a Monticello Regional contest. CORBIN McCALL and MATT WELLS also scored for the Sages (13-5-1). Keeper JOSH SCHUMACHER made five saves.
At Danville. Centennial defeated the Vikings 25-23, 25-12 in a Big 12 match. Jordan Ogle had eight digs and a service ace for Danville.
At Decatur. Christie Stark's four kills and six digs lifted Urbana to a 25-15, 25-18 victory against Eisenhower.
URBANA — Future Urbana University High soccer opponents beware: Illineks coach Phil Anders thinks his team might be capable of a better effort than it showed in a 4-1 Class 1A regional semifinal victory against Unity on Tuesday.
HOOPESTON AREA/BISMARCK-HENNING BOYS' SOCCER
J.J. Malone, Blue Ridge, Soccer, Senior
Recently: Scored five goals against Georgetown-Ridge Farm to break the area’s season record for goals and then added one more in a 1-1 tie against Fisher/GCMS. His career total of 159 (61 this year) has tied the all-time IHSA state record.
Freshmen making an impact this fall, courtesy Tony Bleill
Diamond Williams, Centennial soccer
At Champaign. LIBBY COCAGNE had seven kills and five aces for Centennial in a 25-15, 25-13 win against MacArthur.
At Urbana. JAMIE BLUE and HANNAH JOHLAS each had seven kills and JO ELLEN MACHESKY added 15 digs to lead Urbana University to a 25-20, 25-23 win against Arthur Okaw Christian. JULIANA TRACH contributed 13 assists.