Thursday's highlights: Depth powers PBL track to sectional crown
In track & field
■ At Heyworth. Zac Weisenbarn (100 meters) and Tyler Rubarts (110 hurdles) were the lone winners for Paxton-Buckley-Loda, but the Panthers exhibited plenty of depth and ran away with the team title of the Class 1A Sectional. PBL racked up 115 points to outdistance runner-up Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (77). Rubarts placed second in the long jump and triple jump. In the 1,600, Hayden Young and Nick Porter finished 2-3 for PBL. Nick Meunier (400) and David Ricks (800) won individual events for GCMS and contributed to the Falcons’ first-place 1,600 relay. GCMS also won the 3,200 relay.
Class 1A Regionals
■ Cissna Park 9, Schlarman 1. The host Timberwolves scored six runs in the sixth inning to break open a close game and advance to the title game. Winning pitcher Cole Hasselbring pitched a five-hit complete game, striking out five and walking one. Dylan Reetz contributed three hits and threw out a runner in the sixth inning after Schlarman cut its deficit to 3-1.
■ Tri-County 9, Okaw Valley 1. Clinton Foster pitched a three-hit complete game and struck out 13 to lead the Titans at Broadlands. Wesley Motley went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI for Tri-County.
■ Blue Ridge 11, LeRoy 6. Forrest Boggs drove in three runs and Ben Williamson struck out 12, leading the Knights at Fisher. Chris Reinhart (two doubles) and Matt Hamilton (triple) had two RBI apiece for LeRoy.
■ Milford 9, Tri-Point 0. Clayton Rieches pitched a two-hit shutout and went 3 for 4 to lead the Bearcats at Gilman.
Class 2A Regionals
■ St. Thomas More 1, PBL 0. Keaton Davis scored in the third inning and pitcher Michael Plecki made the lead stand up, throwing a five-hit shutout for the Sabers against the host Panthers. Davis led off with a walk and reached second on an errant pickoff throw. After David Taylor singled to put runners on the corners, Davis came home on a double-play grounder. Plecki (eight strikeouts) outdueled Jonathon Walder, who pitched a three-hitter.
■ Oakwood 5, Monticello 1. Ryan Bott went 2 for 3 and scored twice to lead the Comets to a semifinal win at Tolono. Winning pitcher Jake England pitched a four-hit complete game and struck out six.
■ Clinton 4, Tri-Valley 2. Colton Reeves struck out nine and the Maroons overcame a 2-1 deficit entering the bottom of the fifth inning to prevail at Stanford. Steven Evans had an RBI for Clinton, which was limited to two hits but drew 10 walks.
■ Centennial 3, Mattoon 2. Dylan Grady went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Chargers, who built a 3-0 lead and held on. Jeff Lindgren threw a four-hit complete game.
■ Herscher 6, Rantoul 5. Despite a home run and four RBI by Tanner McLain, the Eagles lost. Chris Deaville also homered for Rantoul.
■ Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 9-10, Arcola 3-7. Evan Seegmiller went 4 for 8 with four RBI in two victories for the Knights.
■ Centennial 14, Champaign Central 2. Katie Janson belted a three-run homer and drove in four runs to power the Chargers to a five-inning road win. Brianna Perry had three hits and two RBI for Centennial.
■ Urbana 14, Danville 13. Shelly Brown‘s RBI hit in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Tigers. Urbana scored nine runs in the third, including a grand slam by Taylor Lovett (five RBI). Brown (three RBI), Chelsea Skinner and Krista Broom had three hits apiece for the Tigers. Danville’s Kristi Burghart had three hits.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 5, Mount Zion 4. Mickaela Fleming and Kenzie James each drove in two runs for the Spartans, who rallied with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Mady Poulter had two hits to back winning pitcher Lexie Boaz (16-1).
■ Rantoul 5, Herscher 2. The host Eagles scored three runs in the sixth inning to go ahead for good. Lacey Bertram went 2 for 2 with a run for Rantoul. Carson Church doubled and scored for the Eagles. Rantoul’s Allison Jordahl pitched three hitless innings and struck out three.