Friday's prep highlights: Bloch-Jones breaks mark in high jump
In track & field
■ At Arthur. In the 11-team girls’ meet, KANDIE BLOCH-JONES of Argenta-Oreana won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 11 inches.
That mark ties the third highest in state history and sets an area record in the event that had stood for 27 years.
Bloch-Jones also won the 300-meter hurdles in 49.1 seconds and the triple jump (35-51/2).
EMILY KAUFFMAN of Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond won the shot put (31-2), and LYLIA JANUSIK of Tuscola won the discus (103-4).
In the 12-team boys’ meet, RYAN PEARCE of Villa Grove won the shot put (54-7) and discus (159-10). LUKAS TUCKER of Argenta-Oreana won the 110-meter hurdles (17.4) and the 300-meter hurdles (42.3).
■ At Centralia. The Centennial girls’ team placed fifth at the 10-team Orphan Annie Invitational with 56 points. BERTHA FRAZIER won the 400-meter dash in 59.63 seconds to claim the only title for the Chargers while AVONA GREENE placed second in the 100-meter dash (13.08).
■ At Gibson City. TYLER RUBARTS, HAYDEN YOUNG and VAUGHN GETZLER helped propel the Paxton-Buckley-Loda boys’ team to a title at the Falcon Invitational. PBL placed first with 126 points as Rubarts won the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 43/4 inches, Young won the 3,200-meter run in 10 minutes, 26 seconds and Getzler won the 110-meter hurdles in 16.50. The Panthers’ 800-meter relay team, which consisted of Rubarts, Getzler, CODY COATES and ZAC WEISENBARN, placed first in 1:35.62.
JESSE HAHNE of Schlarman won the 800-meter run (2:04.60) and the 1,600-meter run (4:32.43).
JOSH WALLICK of Fisher won the discus (133-21/4), BRAEDON LAPPIN-PRATT of Bismarck-Henning won the shot put (45-7) and JORDAN SEYMOUR of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley won the pole vault (9-0).
Rantoul’s 3,200-meter relay team of NIC HINSHAW, XAVIER JOHNSON, JEULIUS JOHNSON and EDUARDO LOPEZ placed first in 8:56.68, and GCMS’ 1,600-meter relay team placed first in 3:41.05.
■ At Shelbyville. The Sullivan girls’ team placed third with 58 points while Clinton took fifth with 51 points and Monticello came in seventh with 48 points at the 19-school Shelbyville Open. AMANDA McCLAIN of Sullivan won the 200-meter dash in 25.99 and the 400-meter dash in 58.54 while also winning the long jump (17-01/2), Sullivan’s MOLLIE BOWMAN added a first-place finish in the triple jump (32-5). HANNAH HOUSKA of Monticello won the 800-meter run in 2:25.10, and Clinton’s 400-meter relay team (51.20) and 800-meter relay team (1:47.60) placed first while Monticello’s 3,200-meter relay team finished first (9:52.20).
■ Central 15, Springfield Lanphier 0. KURTIS BROWN had a huge game offensively, going 4 for 4 with four RBI, and the visiting Maroons had no trouble posting a five-inning win. LUKE BEESLEY and ALEC BARGER each drove in two runs while ZACH WILLIAMS only allowed one hit in four innings to earn the win.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 3, Cissna Park 2. The host Spartans tacked on two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 3-0 lead and then held on as the Timberwolves pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh.
LOUIS ACKLIN pitched a complete game for SJ-O, giving up four hits. He struck out nine and did not a walk a batter. WYATT FROEHLING had two hits for Cissna Park.
■ At Tuscola. Sullivan beat Schlarman 8-0 in the Tuscola Invite, with RYAN JOHNSON and SHANE ATCHISON combining on the two-hit shutout.
DAKOTA CLAYTON had two hits and drove in two runs for the Redskins while NICK FRERICHS was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
DALTON DIEU had both hits for the Hilltoppers.
The host Warriors suffered a 13-2 loss in five innings to Aurora Central Catholic. NOLAN WALSH and ZACH BATES each registered a hit for Tuscola.
■ Salt Fork 16, Armstrong-Potomac 6. The visiting Storm scored nine runs in the second inning to take a 10-0 lead and cruise to the win.
COLE TAYLOR went 4 for 5 for Salt Fork with two RBI while ROSS LEARNARD (three hits), LANE WESTON (two hits, two RBI) and MAX STUTSMAN (two hits) chipped in offensively.
■ Rantoul 7, Monticello 2. TANNER McLAIN was 4 for 4 and drove in five runs to lead the host Eagles. CORD CHURCH added three hits for Rantoul while KOLTON VERMILLION picked up the win.
■ Manteno 14, Prairie Central 2. TYLER WENGER drove in a run for the visiting Hawks, who managed three hits in the five-inning loss.
■ East Central 6, Tri-County 1. CYRUS FURGESON threw a three-hit complete game as the Panthers picked up the road victory. LUKE ARMSTRONG added three hits and an RBI while DALTON TWEEDY came through with a pinch-hit RBI.
■ Danville 10, Covington, Ind. 0. MIKE VASCURA allowed one hit and recorded 13 strikeouts in tossing the six-inning shutout for the host Vikings.
AUSTIN WEST was 2 for 2 with a double and three RBI while CHUCKIE ROBINSON was 2 for 3 with a triple. GABE GARZA chipped in with two RBI.
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 12, Bismarck-Henning 7. ETHAN SLIVA drove in three runs for the visiting Buffaloes while RYAN BERRY had three hits, including a double and a triple for G-RF/C. PATRICK GANLEY, KANE RICHMOND and ELIJAH ASTELL all drove in two runs for the Blue Devils, with Ganley managing two hits and Richmond hitting a triple.
■ Westville 8, Hoopeston Area 3. The visiting Tigers rapped out 13 hits, with AARON MARX (3 for 4, two RBI, two runs), AUSTIN MILHOLLAND (1 for 3, three RBI) and JEFFREY THOMPSON (2 for 4, RBI) leading the charge. KYLE BRAZAS also chipped in three hits and TANNER COX threw a complete game, striking out nine.
■ Cerro Gordo/Bement 10, Arthur-Lovington 0. CONNOR GROSS was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI to offset a stellar pitching effort where he allowed one hit and struck out eight in throwing a six-inning shutout. Gross improved to 4-0. MASON NEISLIE was 2 for 3 with three RBI for the Broncos while JOHNNY BECKER (2 for 3, two RBI) and CHASE McNAMARA (2 for 3, RBI) also helped out the Broncos in the home win.
■ Watseka 8, Gardner-South Wilmington 3. The visiting Warriors scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never relinquished the lead despite committing six errors. NEIL RHOADES had a double and three RBI to pace Watseka while AUSTIN HASSELBRING (2 for 3) and JAKE LYZNICKI (2 for 4) had steady offensive games. Hasselbring struck out 10 and gave up two hits in six innings to pick up the win.
■ LeRoy 15, Paw Paw 1. The Panthers received two doubles and two RBI from NICK AUPPERLE in a Midstate Challenge Tournament game in Hennepin called after four innings because of a time limit. CORY EASTHAM (two hits, including a double) and MATT HAMILTON (double, triple) contributed to the 11-hit attack by LeRoy.
■ Westville 13, Hoopeston Area 4. JODEE OTTINO delivered two hits and three RBI for the Tigers, who used a five-run sixth inning to pull away in the road win. KAITLYN SWISHER contributed two hits for Westville, and CARSON RICHARDSON won her fourth game of the season. For Hoopeston Area, MADIE CLINE had two hits and drove in a run.
■ Cerro Gordo/Bement 5, Arthur-Lovington 4. STEPHANIE SHOOK produced three hits, including a double, and an RBI for the host Broncos. KAILIN MORRIS (2 for 3, triple, RBI), HALEY WRIGHT (2 for 3, two RBI) and ANDREA SHAFER (triple) complemented Shook’s strong offensive output. EMILY SEEGMILLER had two hits for A-L.
■ Mount Zion 16, Central 1. The Maroons fell behind 11-0 after the first inning and could not recover in the five-inning loss.
■ Salt Fork 10, Armstrong-Potomac 7. The visiting Storm jumped to a 6-0 lead before holding off the Trojans for the win. LEA HALL and KAYLEE McFADDEN each hit a home run for Salt Fork.
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 18, Bismarck-Henning 16. BRITTANY HAY was 3 for 4 with six RBI, including a grand slam, and CALLAN HALL was 4 for 5 as the visiting Buffaloes outlasted the Blue Devils. B-H led 16-10 after the fourth inning before G-RF/C managed eight runs in the final three innings. LAUREN McKENZIE was 2 for 2 with a home run, two RBI and three runs while ASHLEE RONTO was 3 for 5 with two RBI for the Blue Devils.
■ Monticello 3, Fisher 2. ALLIE HISLOPE was 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI to pace the host Sages past the Bunnies in eight innings. SOPHIE CATLIN added three hits, including a double, while she struck out seven to earn her third victory of the season. KALLI GOSSER hit a double and a home run and drove in both runs for Fisher.
■ Villa Grove 11, Martinsville 0. LIZZY SMITH struck out 11 in throwing a two-hit shutout for the host Blue Devils and added two RBI. BECKY BISHOP (two hits) and KATIE DOUGLAS (RBI) also chipped in for Villa Grove in the five-inning victory.
■ Gardner-South Wilmington 14, Watseka 5. MARIAH CARROLL was 3 for 4 and TAYLOR BAUER drove in two runs, but the Warriors committed 10 errors in a road loss.
■ Tuscola 10, Neoga 4. KARLI ALLAN was 3 for 3 with three RBI, ERIN WALKER was 2 for 3 with three RBI and CARMEN COMERFORD was 2 for 3 with an RBI double to help the Warriors cruise to the home win.
■ At Clarksville, Tenn. Heritage beat Hopkinsville (Ky.) 4-3 in the Play It Again Sports Tournament. ELISSA BAXTER drove in the game-winning run while STEPHANIE SANDERSON picked up the win.
In the second game, Heritage lost 8-4 to Macon County (Tenn.) in four innings because of a time limit. MALLORY JONES drove in two runs for the Hawks, and MIRANDA PRUITT added a hit.
■ At Urbana. St. Thomas More blanked Lincoln 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the Urbana Invitational. LOUISETTE LUKUSA scored two goals to pace the Sabers. JADE BRINKOETTER and MICHAELA WARD each finished with a goal and an assist, and LEXI WALLEN posted her second shutout of the season.