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NORMAL — Whether he believed what he was saying or not, Centennial girls' soccer coach Hsiung Marler had a simple message for his team at halftime of its Class 2A sectional semifinal against Mahomet-Seymour on Wednesday.
"I told them we had them right where we wanted them," Marler said.
Today's Class 2A girls' soccer sectional semifinal at Normal West between Centennial and Mahomet-Seymour is a rematch of a March 29 match the Bulldogs won 2-1. It was so long ago, though, it'll have little — if any — bearing on the outcome of today's tilt.
PBL BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD
The Panthers had sectional champions in Andy Thompson (800) and Cory Long (discus) and gained a share of their first postseason team title in the sport when the 1,600 relay — anchored by Hayden Young — placed third.
MAHOMET-SEYMOUR GIRLS' SOCCER
CHAMPAIGN — A few minutes into Friday's Class 2A regional championship match against Champaign Central, Centennial's Katelynn Martinez got behind the defense and uncorked a laser of a shot. She missed the goal high, and Central's contingent of fans let Martinez have it.
They should have known better than to fire up the Chargers' emotional leader.
CHAMPAIGN — Centennial took a step closer to its third consecutive regional title.
The Chargers beat Urbana 4-0 and will take on Champaign Central in Friday's Class 2A championship match. The Maroons beat Danville 4-0 earlier Wednesday.
Villa Grove, junior
Track and field
Recently: Led the Blue Devils to their first league title in 56 years, winning the shot put and the discus and also anchoring the winning 400 and 800 relays to first-place finishes at the Little Okaw Valley Conference meet.
In Class 1A regionals
Blue Ridge 10, Hartsburg-Emden 0. MELINDA WILSON had two hits, including a three-run home run and drove in four to lead the Knights at Heyworth. LIZ CORDES added two hits with two RBI and winning pitcher JORDAN WHEELER, who fired a one-hitter with eight strikeouts, scored two runs.
CHILLICOTHE — Going into Tuesday's Class 1A sectional semifinal match against Princeton, St. Thomas More coach James Johnson knew his team would have to slow town Tigers star Jasmine Kunkel to have a chance. Good idea, but it didn't work.
Kunkel scored in the opening minute of the game and would score the other four goals in leading Princeton to a 5-1 win against the Sabers.
CHAMPAIGN — The girls' soccer program at St. Thomas More is gaining a following.
Winning the first regional championship in school history will do that.
The Sabers hoisted postseason hardware of the first time after Friday's 3-1 Class 1A win against Urbana Uni High on the UI campus. The victory sent the large contingent of St. Thomas More fans onto the field in celebration.