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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NAPERVILLE – If Neuqua Valley is the fifth-best soccer team in the country – as one national poll suggests – Centennial's Chargers on Friday were left wondering exactly where they fit in.
The Chargers nearly stunned heavily favored Neuqua Valley in a Class 2A state quarterfinal match before falling 3-2 on Bret Hruby's goal with 8 minutes, 37 seconds remaining.