Saturday's prep highlights: Brown lifts Rockets
Unity 12-13, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 0-3. KIP BROWN pitched a four-hitter in the opener for the Rockets, who banged out 10 hits. Unity collected 14 more in the nightcap, including a homer from MITCH NEGANGARD. KYLE NEGANGARD, JACOB RICE and CALEB RICE each had four hits in the doubleheader.
Momence 4-6, St. Joseph-Ogden 1-4. The Spartans were limited to four hits in the first game.
Normal Community 16-12, Champaign Central 6-2. The Maroons' SCOTT RUNYAN had two hits and two RBI in the opener, and KURTIS BROWN collected a pair of hits in the second game. Runyan and ALEC ALTMYER each drove in a run.
Hoopeston Area 4-18, CPCI 0-4. CONNOR CLINE went 3 for 3 with six RBI as the Cornjerkers completed the sweep. CODY INMAN went 3 for 3 with two RBI. MARVIN CRAWFORD, ALEX MOORE and COREY RUDIN had two hits apiece in the Game 1 victory.
Normal West 13-11, Urbana 3-0. The Tigers were undone by their defense, committing nine errors in the doubleheader.
Bloomington 4-12, Centennial 2-13. The Chargers dropped the opener despite surrendering four hits. ANDREW ALVES and TYLER NAMOFF (two RBI) had two hits apiece. In the second game, CULLY WILSON had three hits and scored four times for the Chargers. GREY SCHULTZ went 3 for 3 with two RBI.
Blue Ridge 3-9, Rantoul 0-1. JORDAN WHEELER fired a two-hitter in the opener, and MARCIE CRAWFORD homered in the second game of the sweep. Crawford also earned the victory, allowing six hits. KATIE TULLER had three hits for the Eagles.
Bloomington 7-16, Centennial 2-0. The Chargers couldn't overcome 13 errors in the twin bill.
St. Joseph-Ogden 4-2, Momence 2-6. ELIZABETH EVERINGHAM struck out 18 while firing a one-hitter and clubbed two homers in the first game. The Spartans (18-1) suffered their first defeat in Game 2 despite a pair of hits from HANNAH BOWEN and AUDRA JAMES.
Centennial 3, Danville 0. CHANTAL MEACHAM scored with 32 seconds left in the first half, and KATELYNN MARTINEZ scored with 25 seconds left in the match for the Chargers. Martinez also scored in the first half. Keeper HOPE ARCHER made nine saves for her ninth shutout.
Track & field
At Champaign. MEGHAN HOUK won the 1,600-meter run in 5 minutes, 26.63 seconds to help Urbana finish fourth in the 12-team Champaign Central Invitational. Prospect took team honors. Central's SAMONE THOMPSON was victorious in the 400 (1:00.65). Danville was seventh, Centennial eighth and Central ninth.
At West Lafayette, Ind. Danville's 3,200 relay of JOVAN SHAW, DEVONTE ROBINSON, MATT CLEVELAND and MARIO FRYE placed fourth in the West Lafayette (Ind.) Relays. The Vikings' CIRRON CLARK was third in the pole vault (13 feet).
At Springfield. KENNETH YUN won the title at No. 2 singles to lead Central to the championship of the 15-team Springfield Invitational. Yun rallied for a three-set victory in the title match. GABE MITCHELL and ALEJANDRO MACIAS were second at No. 2 doubles, while AUSTEN ATEN (No. 1 singles) and SAMUEL WAMPLER-BRYAN SMITH (No. 1 doubles) took third. Runner-up Danville was led by YANIS MOKRAOUI and ASHISH PATEL, who won at No. 2 doubles. TYLER ELLIS and MATTHEW KIDWELL were second at No. 1, falling to Bloomington's state-ranked duo.
At Champaign. St. Thomas More's BRIAN FALLON was runner-up at No. 2 singles in the Centennial Invitational. Led by Fallon's second and teammate TRAVIS TRESSLER's fourth-place finish at No. 1 singles, the Sabers took sixth in the 16-team field. Centennial's Blue squad took seventh.