Thursday's prep highlights: Centennial baseball tops Urbana
■ Centennial 13, Urbana 3. Centennial took advantage of defensive struggles by Urbana to dart out to a 10-0 lead after two innings thanks to a nine-run second inning and never looked back in a Big 12 road win during Centennial’s conference opener at Prairie Park that lasted six innings.
“Any time you get into conference play, it’s always important for you to get off on the right foot,” Centennial coach RICH HYDE said. “There’s a lot of games left in our conference against a lot of good teams, though, but it’s nice to pick up the first one.”
The pitching of AUSTIN JOHNSON and a balanced offense made it possible for the Chargers. Johnson threw a complete game, scattering five hits while striking out five and allowing one earned run.
DRAKE PERATT was 3 for 5 with three RBI to lead Centennial. DYLAN GRADY and GREY SCHULTZ each went 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Grady added a double.
JON TAUBER suffered the loss for the Tigers, and TANNER RUSSELL drove in a run and stole a base.
■ Olympia 2, Rantoul 0. CORD CHURCH had the only two hits for Rantoul in a Corn Belt Conference home loss.
LUKE PANNBACKER threw a complete game for the Eagles and allowed four hits, but he fell to 3-1 with the setback.
■ Pontiac 11, Prairie Central 4. The host Hawks built a 4-1 lead after three innings, but Pontiac used four-run outbursts in the fourth and seventh innings to pull away for the Corn Belt Conference win.
DEVIN CREWS hit a two-run home run while JOSH McWILLIAMS was 1 for 2 with an RBI for Prairie Central.
■ Villa Grove 5, Fisher 1. The visiting Blue Devils remained unbeaten at 6-0 thanks to a solid all-around performance from LIZZY SMITH.
Smith struck out 11 and allowed two hits. She hit a home run and had two RBI.
■ Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 6, Heritage 2. SHERELLE COLLER was 4 for 4 with a double and two RBI to pace the Lancers to a Little Okaw Valley Conference road win.
KAITIE WILDMAN struck out seven and was 2 for 4 with two RBI. EMILY SEEGMILLER added two hits and two RBI for the Lancers, and MALLORY RENFRO was 2 for 4.
■ Armstrong-Potomac 11, Shiloh 10. The host Trojans overcame eight errors and used a seven-run second inning to hold on for the win.
KIRSTEN NEWNUM and MEGAN CAIN each hit a home run for A-P, which rapped out 13 hits, and MORGAN ZINDARS picked up her third win.
■ Central 6, Springfield Southeast 0. MADDY CHALIFOUX scored three goals and distributed two assists to spark the Maroons, who led 3-0 at halftime. EMICA QUIGLEY added two goals and an assist while CLAIRE REDDEN (goal), HANNAH HART (assist) and HANNAH WALKER (assist) chipped in.
■ Centennial 2, Normal West 2. DAGNY OLSON scored an unassisted goal in the second half to give the visiting Chargers a 2-1 lead, but Centennial could not pull out the road win in Big 12 play. Olson added an assist on a first-half goal by KATELYNN MARTINEZ, and HOPE ARCHER made 24 saves.
■ Judah Christian 0, Olympia 0. ERIN HUGGETT made five saves for the Tribe in the scoreless draw.
■ Monticello 2, Decatur Eisenhower 1. SARAH WELLS helped key a second-half rally for the host Sages. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Wells scored a goal to tie the match and then assisted on the game-winning goal by KIA SMITH.
ELIZABETH McGILES made four saves for Monticello.
■ St. Thomas More 0, Mahomet-Seymour 0. Neither team could dent the scoreboard in a match at St. Thomas More. LEXI WALLEN recorded her fourth shutout of the season for the Sabers and second in a row. Wallen has not allowed a goal in the last 185 minutes.
■ Urbana University High 4, Meridian 0. SARAH VAUGHEN recorded a hat trick and added an assist for the Illineks, who cruised to the win after building a 3-0 halftime lead.
NATALIE DULLERUD added a goal for Uni High, and MADDIE NELSON and GRACE LILLY each had an assist.
In boys’ track & field
■ At Urbana. LONNIE BUGGS of Danville won three events to lead the Vikings past Urbana and Mattoon in a triangular meet. Buggs placed first in the 110-meter hurdles (16.29 seconds), the long jump (19 feet, 4 inches) and the triple jump (39-4).
Danville’s MAURICE JETER swept the 100-meter dash (11.69) and 200-meter dash (23.71), and the Vikings claimed first-place finishes in 14 events. KEITH LEE of Urbana won the 3,200-meter run in 10 minutes, 45.07 seconds to account for the Tigers’ lone first-place finish.
■ At Watseka. AUSTIN KIDWELL of Watseka finished first in three events to pace the Warriors to a second-place effort at a six-team meet. Kidwell won the 200-meter dash (23.28), the 400-meter dash (53.75) and the long jump (19-8). DAULTON DePATIS added a first-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (43.65), and the Warriors’ 1,600-meter relay team claimed top honors in 3:50.46. BRAEDON LAPPIN-PRATT placed first in the shot put (46-8), TY HUFFORD won the high jump (5-8) and ANDY SAVAGE finished first in the 3,200-meter run (11:27.62) for Bismarck-Henning, which placed third.
In girls’ track & field
■ At Watseka. MADIE BROWN of Hoopeston Area won the 1,600-meter run (6:15.30) and the 3,200-meter run (13:24.43) to lead the Cornjerkers, who finished fifth.
Bismarck-Henning placed second with its 1,600-meter relay team taking first. Watseka, which took third, had four first-place finishers.
ALLEE BUNTING won the discus with a toss of 94 feet, EMILY ALLHANDS won the shot put (33-3), TESSAH DOWNS won the 100-meter hurdles and McKENSIE HAGEN won the 300-meter hurdles (54.62).