BLOOMINGTON – When Centennial boys' tennis coach Don Waybright studied the seedings for the Big 12 tournament, he figured his Chargers could wind up as low as fifth.
Then play started.
"Our kids just came to play," Waybright said Saturday. "We were really riding high after the doubles portion of the tournament. It was beyond my wildest imagination."
The Chargers finished second to heavy favorite Bloomington but not before giving the Purple Raiders a jolt. On Friday, Centennial won two of three doubles brackets: David Ruedi and Billy Regan at No. 1 and Lupetti Tulua and Akshay Krishnamani at No. 3. At No. 2, Phil Ramsbottom and Jake Schilling placed second.
Due to rain delays, the competition kept the Chargers from arriving in Champaign until after midnight. Not that anyone cared.
"We had a four-point on Bloomington," Waybright said. "We expected to be about 10 points back."
Ruedi continued his exceptional play Saturday by winning the No. 1 singles title. Regan (No. 2), Ramsbottom (No. 3) and Tulua (No. 5) each finished third, and Schilling was fourth at No. 4.
Champaign Central was fourht as Kendrith Rowland was second at No. 3 singles. Joel Lambert (No. 1) and Keegan Bannon (No. 4) were third, as was the No. 3 doubles team of Pat Wampler and Robbie Crow.
Danville was sixth behind a third-place effort by Colby Clapper and Vibhav Reddy at No. 1 doubles.
Centennial 6, MacArthur 0. Felicia Warsaw pitched a two-hit shutout and Sonya Le was 3 for 3 with two RBI for the Chargers in Champaign.
Eisenhower 2-8, Urbana 1-5. Sheena McNeil, Jasmine White and Shelby Armstrong each had two hits in Game 2 for the host Tigers.
B-H 5, Salt Fork 3. Frankie Shoaf scattered nine hits for visiting Bismarck-Henning. Megan McCord (two RBI) and Maddy Stutsman each had two hits for the Storm.
At Pontiac. Darrian Chrzanoski was 3 for 4 as Schlarman lost twice.
Tuscola 5, Unity 4. Kurtis Kinyoun had a hit and an RBI for the host Warriors, who got a save from Pat Yoakum.
At Monticello. Saturday's regional semifinal matches involving Urbana University High and Monticello were pushed back to Monday because of wet conditions.