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PBL goes fourth again

PEORIA – John Overstreet already was plenty pleased immediately after the race.

With two all-staters in the Class 1A boys' cross-country state meet Saturday, his team had left its mark at Detweiller Park.

Mehnert gets fired up about Web sites prediction

PEORIA – Before Michelle Mehnert took a trip to Detweiller Park, the Urbana University High runner made a visit to the Internet.

And just in case Mehnert wasn't motivated enough entering her final IHSA cross-country state meet Saturday, a certain Web site provided one final push.

Red zone unfriendly in disappointing end for Rockets

TOLONO – Moments after Chris Ault was stopped 1 yard short of the goal line as time expired in Carterville's 7-6 win against Unity, Rockets coach Scott Hamilton told his players losing that game wouldn't be the worst thing to happen to them in their lives.

He's correct, but for at least the next few days it sure might feel like it.

Storm feels pressure on offense

GREENFIELD – It was more or less like this Saturday: Salt Fork ran more plays, had more total yards and had more first downs in a Class 1A football playoff game against undefeated Greenfield-Northwestern.

But the Storm had fewer points on the scoreboard at Fleur de Lis Field.

Arcola rides clutch Klinger into quarterfinals

JACKSONVILLE – Arcola coach Jarod Kiger huddled his offense and gave it instructions. The Purple Riders had the ball at the 22-yard line with 12 seconds left and needed a touchdown to win.

Kiger specifically told quarterback Mark Klinger that he could not get sacked.

At place with same name, Becker leads Spartans to quarters

WILMINGTON – Zach Becker had been hearing about it all week.

The field on which St. Joseph-Ogden would be playing its second-round Class 3A playoff game, against the Wilmington Wildcats, coincidentally is named Becker Field.

Wienke on target for Warriors

TUSCOLA – John Wienke has had some good days during his Tuscola football career.

But it doesn't get any better than completing 13 of 13 passes to six different receivers for 263 yards and five touchdowns as the Michigan recruit did in Saturday's 62-8 Class 1A second-round win against Concord Triopia.

Westsville Tigers seeking revenge

TREMONT – Westville took the field Saturday afternoon having won 10 straight games and 23 of its last 24. When the Tigers next take the field, next weekend at Maroa-Forsyth, they will have the opportunity to avenge the only blemish on the impressive streak.

Westville (11-0) earned a rematch of last year's Class 2A state championship game by grinding out a hard-fought 28-15 victory against the Turks (6-5) in a Class 2A second-round contest.

Three talented receivers make Storm offense click

SIDELL – The Salt Fork football team had just come off two home losses and really needed a big win to jump- start the high hopes it had for this season. The Storm got that win in a big way in Week 5.

The Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils had no idea what hit them as the Storm came out strong and led 41-0 at halftime on the strong play of its offense and stingy defense. Salt Fork ended up winning 53-8 and hasn't lost another game since.

Good timing for Tuscola players

TUSCOLA – The teams remaining in the Class 1A playoffs probably don't want to hear this, but Tuscola will be better this week. How can that be? The Warriors won 60-0 in their playoff opener last week.

True, Tuscola dismantled Carrollton last week, but it did so without two of its better players. Leading receiver and safety Travis Surma sat out the contest with a bruised hip. He's expected to be back today. And Matt Bailey – a starter at cornerback, receiver, punt returner and kick returner – will be on the field today for the first time since Tuscola's Week 2 win at Unity in which he sustained a broken collarbone.