Rocket girls readjust
It has been 13 years since Unity sent a full girls’ team to the cross-country state meet. A squad without any seniors set a return to state as a goal for this season.
DECATUR — Mahomet-Seymour’s boys’ cross-country team on Saturday won its first sectional title since 1979.
Next on the to-do list: match the school’s best finish at state.
“Fourth is the highest (in 1995 and ’96) and if we have a great day I think we can finish that high,” M-S coach Neal Garrison said.
PAXTON — Saturday was a day of firsts for Nick Hess and Alyssa Pridemore.
Hess, from St. Thomas More, and Pridemore, from St. Joseph-Ogden, were individual winners in Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s 15-school Class 1A cross-country regional.
Eagle back seeks milestone
RANTOUL — Only two Rantoul High School running backs in the last 22 years have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
Senior fullback Larry Crayton is trying to make sure his name is the third one added to the list.
Area teams have been assigned to three regional sites in Class 1A as well as one in Class 2A for the start of the IHSA postseason on Saturday. At each location, the girls’ race will start at 10 a.m. The 1A sites featuring area teams are Bishop McNamara, Carlinville and Paxton. In 2A, area schools will compete at Taylorville.
Kayla Cowan, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, volleyball, Senior
Recently: Setter directed the Panthers to wins against three of the area’s top teams — Schlarman, Watseka and SJ-O — in a four-day span. The latter two wins clinched the regular season SVC title. She also broke her own single-match school record of 30 assists with 35 against Rantoul.
DANVILLE — Monday’s summons to the principal’s office was unexpected. Chrisman cross-country junior Wyatt Avenatti couldn’t imagine the reason.
“I saw the conference (championship) plaque on a table and thought they were going to talk about how good we did,” Avenatti said.
DANVILLE — Favorites on paper aren’t always first to the finish line.
Danville’s Johnny Leverenz handled the challenge Saturday and won individual honors in the Big 12 Conference boys’ cross-country meet at Kennekuk Cove County Park. The junior all-stater’s 3-mile time was 15 minutes, 18 seconds and he prevailed by eight seconds.