Monday's prep highlights: SJ-O soccer wins on big second half

Monday's prep highlights: SJ-O soccer wins on big second half

In volleyball

Cissna Park Tip-Off Tourney

At Watseka

Armstrong-Potomac 2, Momence 0. Sarah Porter filled the stat sheet with 10 kills, six digs and two aces as the Trojans blitzed the Redskins 25-16, 25-18 in pool play. Hope Hambleton added 16 assists in the success.

Armstrong-Potomac 2, Milford 0. Porter was strong again for the Trojans (2-0) in pool play, compiling nine digs, six kills, three blocks and three aces in a 25-22, 25-15 victory over the Bearcats (0-1). Hambleton threw in six assists in this result. Milford received 18 digs from Sam Conley and 12 assists from Kaylee Warren.

Cissna Park 2, Hoopeston Area 0. Sloan Boyce's six kills and Erica Walder's five kills proved enough on the attacking front, as the Timberwolves (1-0) topped the Cornjerkers 25-12, 25-8 in pool play. Anna Jennings added 17 assists for Cissna Park.

Clifton Central 2, Fisher 1. Casey Wagner's eight kills and six digs went for naught as the Bunnies (0-1) were stifled 25-22, 24-26, 15-11 in pool play. Kylee Bishop contributed 12 assists and Shelbee Owens added eight kills in the loss.

Kankakee 2, Hoopeston Area 0. The Cornjerkers (0-2) couldn't rally past Kankakee in a 25-15, 25-9 defeat.

Schlarman 2, Kankakee 1. Emma Bogen netted 12 kills to key the Hilltoppers (1-0) to a comeback win — 22-25, 27-25, 15-11 — in nonconference road action. Ana Fitzgerald and Cece Damilano each posted double-digit assists with 12 and 10, respectively, while Damilano added five kills for Schlarman.

Watseka 2, Momence 0. Kennedy Bauer's 11 kills, Mallory Drake's 10 assists and Sydney McTaggart's six aces paced the Warriors (1-0) to a 25-7, 25-16 win in pool play. Drake added five digs as well, with Taylor Schippert piling up six digs of her own.

Nontournament

Argenta-Oreana 2, Monticello 0. Camilyn Newbanks brought the defense for the Bombers (1-0) in a 25-23, 25-21 success, collecting 10 digs to lift the hosts past the Sages (0-1). Morgan Klover's four kills paced A-O's attack, and Amaya Fox added seven digs. Addison Wichus (19 digs), Kalen Roy (14 assists) and Nicki Sheafe (six kills) were statistical champions for Monticello.

Tuscola 2, Cerro Gordo 0. Maddie Green was a helping machine for the visiting Warriors (1-0), piling up 19 assists in a 25-23, 25-19 victory. Green added three kills and four digs and was backed by Karli Dean's six kills, five blocks and two digs. Anna Peter (six kills, four digs), Sydney Walker (five kills, seven digs) and Ella Mann (18 assists) were key cogs for the Broncos.

Unity 2, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 0. Haley Glanzer's 11 assists and Karlie Roberts' 10 digs topped the charts as the host Rockets (1-0) knocked off the Blue Devils (0-1) by a 25-9, 25-12 margin in non-league play. Lily Glanzer's five kills paced the Unity attack. Emily Meidel's five kills, five digs and four blocks led BHRA, and Sarah Story contributed five digs and four kills in the setback.

In boys' golf

At Gibson City. Connor Birky kept up a strong start to the season with an even-par 36 at Railside Golf Club to push Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to a 175-192 win against Iroquois West. Ryan Tilstra posted a career-best 41 for the Raiders, but all of the Falcons tabbed a better total than IW's second-place golfer. Matt Hunt and Braden Roesch each tallied a 46 for GCMS.

At Grant Park. Despite a 41 from Lukas Ball and a 42 from Cam Barragree, Watseka came up short in a three-way dance at Minne Monesse Golf Club. The Warriors lost to Grant Park 170-185, but defeated Illinois Lutheran 185-217. Jordan Schroeder added a 49 for Watseka.

At Savoy. Sullivan's Caden Ellis soared to a 3-under 69 at the John Macek Invitational, finishing a stroke off medalist honors and helping the Redskins to third place in the 13-team field at the U of I Orange Course. Ellis was one of just two competitors to finish below par. Sullivan's squad total of 325 ranked behind only Charleston (297) and Effingham St. Anthony (319). Centennial (337) rolled to fourth place, led by an 80 from Jack Stickels. Champaign Central (354) landed in seventh position, with Justin McCoy also carding an 80 to key the Maroons. Monticello (387) took ninth behind matching 91s from Luke Stringer and Tanner Buhnerkemper. Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin (397) tied for 10th thanks to Izaiah Lusk's 88. Danville (522) concluded in 13th, led by Andrew Kittell's 114. Among top local individuals, Uni High's DJ Nelson shot a 77 to tie for fifth, St. Thomas More's Spencer Burgin carded a 94 and Urbana's Masato Keeley landed a 95.

At Saybrook. Sean Ward carded a 43 to snag medalist honors and lift Fisher to a 217-225 victory over Ridgeview at Indian Springs Golf Course. Ward was backed by a 53 from Jake Kerns and a 54 from Logan Briggs. Pacing the Mustangs were Allan Kindred (46) and Jace Ballenger (53).

At Streator. Ty Drach's career-best 77 led all Prairie Central athletes at the Streator Invitational, allowing the Hawks to place runner-up in the team chase to Metamora at Eastwood Golf Course. Prairie Central was outcarded 314-318. Helping Drach were Josh Kilcullen (78), Carter Nowak (81) and Payton Dunahee (82).

At Tuscola. Logan Richardson and Holden Kile captured an individual championship during the Tuscola Invitational at Ironhorse Golf Course, with the Tri-County pairing carding a 2-under 70 in the Ryder Cup-style showcase. That output helped the Titans to a two-stroke triumph over LeRoy (177-179) in the team chase. Blue Ridge snagged third at 181, Arcola/Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond finished fourth at 184 and Tuscola slotted into seventh at 215. Arcola/ALAH's leading duo of Dallas Sisk and Jacob Butler shot 84.

In girls' golf

At Champaign. Alaina Bowie and Mia Kirby each totaled a 40 for St. Thomas More at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club to offset a medalist performance from Pontiac's Dani Grace Schrock (36) and pull the Sabers to a 167-199 triumph. Sammy Miller's 42 provided support for STM.

In boys' soccer

Bloomington Central Catholic 3, Blue Ridge 2. Despite 18 saves in net from Abby Bolen, the Knights (0-1) could not prevail on the road in nonconference action. Jacy Dean and Brendan Flannell each dented the twine for Blue Ridge, with Dean and Henry Mitchell posting an assist each.

Bloomington Cornerstone Christian 7, Rantoul 0. The Eagles (0-1) struggled to find the back of the net in a non-league road setback to begin the year.

Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 2, Normal Calvary 0. Tyler Ricks converted a penalty kick in the 12th minute for the winning tally as the Bunnies (1-0) picked up a nonconference road success. Caleb Bleich added a first-half goal on an assist from Ricks, while Ethan Kasper went 5 for 5 on save opportunities for Fisher/GCMS.

Hoopeston Area 6, Watseka 1. Ethan Smith potted a hat trick and added an assist as the host Cornjerkers (1-0) blew past the Warriors (0-1) in non-league play. Rhys Root opened the scoring and added a pair of helpers later. Payton Berlin and Lucas Hofer also tallied for Hoopeston. Eric Avelar came up with Watseka's lone goal.

Iroquois West 11, Kankakee Trinity 1. The Raiders (1-0) rocked their host in a season-opening success.

Monticello 7, Warrensburg-Latham 0. Luke Rudolph started the season with a bang, kicking four goals as the Sages (1-0) trumped the host Cardinals in a nonconference affair. Ethan Brakke added a tally and an assist and was joined in the goal column by Jake Edmondson and Andrew Ellison.

St. Joseph-Ogden 2, Oakwood/Salt Fork 1. Zac Seeley netted the game-winning goal in the second half and assisted on Luke Cohen's strike as the host Spartans (1-0) rallied from a halftime deficit to drop the Comets (0-1) in nonconference action. Dawson Rogers began the scoring with a first-half marker for O/SF.

St. Thomas More 2, Judah Christian 0. Taylor Crawford and Joe Sellett struck the back of the net to carry the Sabers (1-0) past the host Tribe (0-1) at the Field of Dreams.

Unity 6, Schlarman 1. The Rockets (1-0) lit up the scoreboard in their season opener, dousing the host Hilltoppers (0-1) in non-league play. Andrew Miller potted a hat trick, while Alex Stahl added two helpers. Evan Bachert and Tyler Carter scored one each for Unity.

In girls' tennis

At Urbana. St. Thomas More couldn't find its footing in a 9-0 loss to Bloomington Central Catholic in a matchup of Illini Prairie Conference foes at Atkins Tennis Center. The Sabers' closest bout was at No. 1 singles, as Noelle Schacht came within 8-6 of Renata Lee.

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