Saturday's highlights: SJ-O softball wins M-S Invite
Lincoln-Way West 5, Champaign Central 1. JOEL SPAULDING had two hits and scored the host Maroons' only run on a double by KURTIS BROWN in the championship game of the 22nd Charlie Due tournament.
Champaign Central 8, Oakwood 1. The Maroons beat Oakwood in the semifinal on the strength of a one-hit, eight-strikeout performance by ZACH WILLIAMS. SCOTT RUNYAN and NICK BRUNSON (two RBI) each had two hits for Central.
Centennial 4-6, Mahomet-Seymour 3-9. CULLY WILSON, DRAKE PERATT and LUCAS STEFAN all had three hits apiece for the host Chargers in their Game 1 victory. M-S won Game 2 behind four hits from TODD METZGER and three from CULLEN DAY. Peratt and RYAN McCUSKEY each had two hits for the Chargers.
Watseka 11-14, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 4-4. BROCK MYERS and winning pitcher CODY SCOTT each hit three-run homers in the seven-run fourth inning to power the host Warriors in Game 1. Myers went 3 for 3 with two homers, five RBI and four runs in the second game. ROBIN HASSELBRING went 3 for 3 with a home run and two stolen bases.
Eureka 8-9, Rantoul 5-5. CORD CHURCH had three hits and three RBI on the day for the visiting Eagles. KELLY FOSTER (RBI) and RYNE WORTHINGTON each had two hits in the second game.
Manteno 12, CPCI 3. ERIC BRUEGGERT doubled for the Timberwolves, who left the bases loaded three times in the home contest.
Tuscola 9, Stew-Stras 2. PHILIP MEYER went 3 for 4 and NOLAN WALSH was 2 for 2 to lift host Tuscola at the Warrior Invitational. JACOB BARR struck out nine and allowed four hits in earning the win. The Warriors dropped a 4-0 decision to Effingham St. Anthony later in the day.
Sullivan 12, Stew-Stras 2. JOSIAH DAVIDSON (home run) and NICK FRERICHS each had two hits for the Redskins at the Warrior Invitational.
Clinton 8, Decatur Lutheran 7. GREG OSGOOD, NATE ENNIS and ZACH PATE each had two hits for the host Maroons at the Clinton Invitational.
Clinton 9, Shelbyville 8. LOGAN WOOLRIDGE drove in two runs, and MARSHALL SPRAGUE and ANTHONY MERRICK each had two hits for Clinton.
Unity 13-21, Danville 1-3. BROOKE CHILTON hit a grand slam in the second game and drove in seven runs on the day to power the visiting Rockets. LACY PRUITT (two hits in each game), CARSON BOLSTAD and McKENZIE KRUTSINGER all drove in four runs in the second game.
Tri-Valley 14-8, Centennial 0-4. Bekah Bamert doubled and drove in two runs for the host Chargers in the second game. KATIE JANSON had a hit, scored a run and drove in another while BRIANNA PERRY had a hit and scored twice for Centennial, which was no-hit in the opener.
St. Joseph-Ogden 11, Mahomet-Seymour 1. The Spartans beat the host Bulldogs at the Mahomet-Seymour Invitational, thanks to winning pitcher ELIZABETH EVERINGHAM's two-run home run. ABBY IMMKE added two hits and an RBI.
SJ-O 9, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 1. The Spartans advanced to the title game behind STEPHANIE CANFIELD (two RBI, run), MOLLY McELWEE (run, RBI) and Immke (home run, three RBI, two runs), who all had two hits apiece.
M-S 12, Decatur MacArthur 2. M-S got three hits and four RBI from KRISTEN BELYEA and two hits apiece from JESSICA Roberts and ALYSSA SPOERER.
SJ-O 12, MacArthur 0. Canfield (three runs, two doubles) and KENZIE JAMES (three RBI) each had three hits for SJ-O in its first game of the day. Everingham (three RBI) and SAMANTHA FLEMING (two runs, RBI) each doubled twice.
GCMS 11, MacArthur 1. REGAN ROMSHEK (three RBI, two runs) and JACKIE FREEHILL (two RBI, run) each had two hits for the Falcons.
M-S 12, GCMS 9. The host Bulldogs got three hits apiece from VANESSA HEINOLD (two stolen bases, RBI) and ALLY THORNTON. Romshek homered twice and drove in three runs for GCMS.
In track & field
At Champaign. Mahomet-Seymour's boys' team got wins from CALE McCORMICK (800 meters), JOHN BUTCHER (1,600), JONATHAN SCHAPP (3,200), ANDREW RONEY (pole vault) and DEREK BUNCH (shot put) at the Harold Jester Early Bird Invitational at Centennial. The Bulldogs' 1,600 relay team of JORDAN ROCK, RYAN PAVESIC, MATTHEW CHUPP and ANDREW SHROYER were winners, as was the 3,200 relay team of McCormick, Butcher, FORREST SMOES and Chupp. Centennial's DAVID BRISCOE won the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.
At Metamora. Champaign Central's SAMONE THOMPSON won the girls' 100 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and the 200 at the Metamora Coed.
At Flossmoor. DOMINIQUE JOHNSON won the 300 hurdles and NICOLE CHOQUETTE set the school record, finishing second in the 800 (2 minutes,18.78 seconds) for Urbana, which finished seventh at the 21-team Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational.
At Springfield. Danville finished fifth at the 16-team Southeast Girls' Spartan Invitational behind third-place performances from ALEXUS JIMSON-MILLER (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and AMBROSIA WILLIAMS (pole vault).
At Springfield. CIRRON CLARK (triple jump, pole vault) and JOSHUA ROBINSON (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles) were each two-event winners for Danville at the boys' Lanphier Lion Quad. TRENT SHERFIELD (long jump) and MITCHELL PARKER (800) were also winners for the Vikings.
In girls' soccer
At Urbana. St. Thomas More won the Urbana Invitational, beating Champaign Central 2-0, Urbana 3-2 and Lincoln 4-0.
LOUISETTE LUKUSA led the way for the Sabers, scoring three goals and assisting on two others. JADE BRINKOETTER (two assists) and KATIE GILLETTE each scored twice for STM (7-1-1).
Champaign Central finished second. Urbana finished third and beat Lincoln 6-0 behind two goals apiece from ANNA POTSCH and MELINDA MENDOZA.
In boys' tennis
At Urbana. Champaign Central defeated Chatham Glenwood 5-4 behind AUSTIN ATEN, RYAN SMITH and PAUL MITCHELL, who all picked up wins in singles and doubles at the Urbana Double Dual. The Maroons swept Rochester 9-0 as HWANJAE YOO, HWANJUN YOO and ERIK NAM also picked up wins in singles. Smith and SAMUEL WAMPLER won in doubles, as did the team of HAYDEN DODDS and Nam.
Urbana beat Rochester 5-4 as SAMI MESSAI, MARK PETERSON, THERADEJ NASUEB and GRANT ALLEN all won singles matches. MACIO ZELIP and CORBIN ROSSET teamed to win in doubles for the Tigers.
At Bloomington. Centennial finished fourth at the 16-team Bloomington Invitational, led by Sunny Singh's first-place finish at No. 2 singles. MAX ZHENG was second at No. 1 singles for the Chargers.
Danville was seventh and got a championship from the No. 2 doubles team of MATTHEW KIDWELL and YANIS MOKRAOUI.