Sabers' Noe opens with flourish
PAXTON – Imagine what Brandon Noe can accomplish if there's someone to push him.
The St. Thomas More senior was unchallenged in Thursday's nine-school Paxton-Buckley-Loda Invitational track and field meet, winning the discus by nearly 70 feet (over teammate Ben Dodds) and the shot put by a margin of more than 16 feet.
Noe did some serious challenging by himself. In his outdoor season debut, he unleashed a 188-foot, 5-inch effort in the discus, a mark which is the second best ever by a News-Gazette area athlete and, according to the IHSA's all-time track and field leaders' list, the 17th best in state history.
Noe's winning effort in the shot put was 55-6 1/2. He set his outdoor personal best by more than 3 feet in the shot and by nearly 18 feet in the discus. His double victories helped the Sabers win the team title by 47 points over Tri-Valley.
Other double winners in the boys' individual events were STM's Jade Ackerman (100 and 200 meters) and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's Cody Gaesser (110 and 300 hurdles).
At Tuscola. The Warriors won their own five-team invitational behind victories from Gunnar Edwards (100, 400), Jared Hall (pole vault), Jud Wienke (discus) and Jack Leonard (shot put).
Georgetown-Ridge Farm's Matt Avenatti won the 1,600 and the 3,200. Teammate Devon Darnell was victorious in the 110 high hurdles.
Salt Fork got wins from Josh Chandler (triple jump, long jump).
In girls' track & field:
At Paxton. Syndi Meunier won the 800 meters and 1,600, while teammate Angel Gaesser captured the 400 and the triple jump to lead Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to the title at the nine-team meet.
GCMS' Jordyn Nettleton was victorious in both hurdles races.
At Tuscola. Amy Martin won the high jump, triple jump and long jump to lead Oakwood to the title at the five-team invitational.
Teammate Lynzie Corzine took the shot put and Ciara Pierce captured the 3,200.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm's Danielle Hoult won the 100 and the 200.
Urbana 2, Monticello 0. Kelsey Choquette and Melinda Mendoza scored for the host Tigers.
Central 2, Springfield 2. Kim Vega scored twice to lead the host Maroons.
Centennial 1, Mahomet-Seymour 0. Keeper Micaela McLennand made four saves for the visiting Chargers (2-0). Dagny Olson scored the game's only goal in the second half.
Urbana Uni 8, St. Thomas More 0. Abigail Radnitzer had two goals and an assist to lead the visiting Illineks.
Michelle Wong, Elizabeth Russell, Juliana Trach, Jamie Blue, Erika Belmont and Revathi Maturi also scored for Uni.
Mahomet-Seymour 19, St. Teresa 1. Brannon Kwiatkowski slugged three of the host Bulldogs' eight home runs. Josh Raymond hit two. Alex Smith, Jason Zeigler and Colton Nelson also homered.
Clifton Central 10, Watseka 2. Sawyer Harris homered for the host Warriors (6-4).
Prairie Central 10, Lexington 8. Luke Bachtold went 3 for 4 with five RBI for the host Hawks.
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 10, Tri-Point 0. Dylan Overstreet had three hits and Andy Fairchild (two hits, two RBI) and Connor Allen (two hits, two RBI) also chipped in for the visiting Panthers (6-0).
CPCI 5, Momence 0. Brandon Hasselbring tossed a four-hitter and had two hits for the visiting Timberwolves (6-3).
Alex Rabe drove in four runs.
Tuscola 17, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 4. TJ Onstott had two homers and Dillon Hoel drove in three runs to lead the host Warriors (4-6).
Josh Brooking and Jacob Barr each had two hits and two RBI.
East Central 9, Salt Fork 3. Hunter Tweedy allowed seven hits while striking out five for the host Panthers (5-6). Cole Judy had three hits and Devon Biggs drove in a pair.
Trevor Hallett homered for the Storm.
Windsor 9, South Piatt 3. The host Wildcats got two hits, including a triple, from Dylan Clark.
Rantoul 3, Armstrong-Potomac 2. Terry Deaville scattered three hits and struck out eight for the host Eagles (2-1), who won in the bottom of the eighth inning after a dropped third strike.
Deaville had two hits.
Argenta-Oreana 20, Cerro Gordo 5. Logan Sparks homered and Brian Scott and Matt Lambert each chipped in three hits for the visiting Bombers.
Cerro Gordo (2-6) got three hits from Kaleb Krigbaum.
Schlarman 13, Oakwood 0. Alex Muehl homered for the visiting Hilltoppers. Tyler Brennan pitched a five-inning one-hitter.
St. Thomas More 12, Iroquois West 2. Sierra Myerscough was 2 for 3 with three RBI to power the host Sabers (7-5).
Becca Millage also had two hits and three RBI. Millage pitched a three-hitter.
Watseka 16, Clifton Central 4. The host Warriors won their fourth straight after starting the season 1-5. Kloie McCann was 3 for 3, including a homer. Erin Cowan had three hits and five RBI.
Winning pitcher Katie Lavoie had three hits and an RBI.
Bismarck-Henning 14, Attica (Ind.) 4. Elyse Lippert homered and Kimi Setser added three hits and four RBI for the host Blue Devils. Danielle Brown was 3 for 3 with two RBI.
Prairie Central 8, Herscher 6. Paige Heiser drove in two runs and Lindsey Krippel reached base three times for the host Hawks (5-3). Heiser also picked up the win.
Salt Fork 9, Paris 1. The visiting Storm moved to 6-0 behind the four-hit pitching of Jessica Strowmatt, who fanned 10.
Hunter Marsh (three steals) had two hits. Megan McCord and Hannah Darr also had two hits.
Villa Grove 4, Sullivan 1. Winning pitcher Lizzy Smith threw a four-hitter and slugged a homer for the host Blue Devils (5-2).
North Vermillion (Ind.) 7, Oakwood 0. The host Comets were limited to one hit.
Danville 5, Centennial 4. The visiting Vikings swept the doubles matches to rally for the victory.
Bloomington Central Catholic 7, St. Thomas More 2. Timo Rohrig (No. 2 singles) and Brian Fallon (No. 6 singles) picked up wins for the visiting Sabers.