Saturday's prep highlights: Central loses first game
■ Normal West 4-3, Champaign Central 3-10. The Maroons lost their first game of the year, falling in the first game of a Big 12 road doubleheader. Nick Brunson had two hits and an RBI, while Alec Altmyer was the tough-luck loser, striking out six in five innings and not allowing an earned run. Alec Barger struck out five in three innings of relief to pick up the win in the second game for Central (18-1), while Joe Aeilts went 4 for 4.
■ Centennial 29-19, Eisenhower 0-1. The host Chargers rolled to a Big 12 doubleheader sweep, with both wins coming in five innings. Dylan Grady hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs during the first game, which also saw Zach Parks (three hits, three runs), Brian Paul (three hits, three RBI) and Mike Namoff (three hits, three RBI) produce. Anthony Martin and Austin Johnson combined for 10 strikeouts in the win. Austin Stilger led the way in the second game for the Chargers (8-5), going 4 for 4 with two triples and six RBI.
■ Normal Community 8-11, Danville 1-1. The host Vikings fell in a Big 12 doubleheader, collecting five hits during the day. Austin West went 1 for 3 with an RBI in the first game for Danville (1-9).
■ At Bloomington. Paxton-Buckley-Loda defeated Roanoke-Benson 5-3 thanks to solid hitting from Martin Mennenga (3 for 4, three RBI) and Axl Denault (2 for 4, two RBI) before losing 4-3 to Tremont at Illinois Wesleyan University. Dustin Mercer went 1 for 3 with an RBI for the Panthers in the loss against the Turks.
■ Bismarck-Henning 9, Armstrong-Potomac 4. The visiting Blue Devils jumped to a 5-0 lead after four innings and held on for the Vermilion Valley Conference win. Dustyn Ingram and Elijah Astell each drove in two runs for B-H, while Chase Swinford was 2 for 3 with two runs. Cole Howie was 2 for 2 with two RBI, while Jason Sollars (2 for 3, double) and Dentler Loschen (double) each drove in a run for A-P.
■ Cissna Park 5-8, LeRoy 3-14. The host Timberwolves received three hits and three RBI from Wyatt Froehling to win the first game. The visiting Panthers used a seven-run fourth inning in the second game to pick up the win as Bryce Dooley was 3 for 4 with three RBI.
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm 7-13, Tri-County 5-1. The host Buffaloes took advantage of five Tri-County errors in the opening game, and Tyler Lunger drove in two runs to help the Buffaloes’ cause. Luke Armstrong led Tri-County with three hits. G-RF scored eight runs in the first inning during the second game to cruise to the win. Rylee Goodwin had three RBI for the Buffaloes, while teammates Dustin Campbell and Conor Steinbaugh each added two hits.
■ Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 11-14, Hartsburg-Emden 4-2. The host Falcons rapped out 17 hits en route to the first- game win, with Austin Hornstein, Brady Fleming, Preston Young and Jake Brewer all having three hits. Hornstein went 2 for 3 with a triple in the second game to pace the Falcons (6-9).
■ Immaculate Conception 1-0, St. Joseph-Ogden 0-9. The visiting Spartans lost their first game of the season in the opener despite seven strikeouts from Tyler McCormick and two hits from Brock Immke. SJ-O (14-1) rebounded in the second game. Dalton Parker struck out 13 in throwing a shutout and drove in two runs, while Immke added two RBI.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 7, Lincoln 1. Cully Day struck out 11 and gave up five hits to pace the visiting Bulldogs, while Day and Nick McHale led the way offensively.
■ Rantoul 8-15, Kankakee 4-5. The visiting Eagles used big innings in both games. Kyle Flessner drove in two runs and Tanner McLain had two hits for Rantoul in the first game, which saw the Eagles score six runs in the third inning. Cody Tatar hit a home run during the second game, Kolton Vermillion had two hits and three RBI and McLain contributed three hits and two RBI for the Eagles, who scored nine runs in the fifth inning.
■ St. Thomas More 16-9, Momence 1-1. Cam Deedrich (3 for 4, four RBI), Harrison York (3 for 4, three RBI) and Storm Joop (2 for 3, two RBI) helped the visiting Sabers cruise to a first-game road win in Sangamon Valley Conference play before Mike Plecki and Joop combined on a one-hitter and 10 strikeouts during the second game for STM (11-5, 7-1).
■ Unity 3-14, Hoopeston Area 2-0. The host Rockets (14-2) rallied in the first game with a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 2 before an RBI single by Bobby Barnard in the eighth inning lifted Unity to the walkoff win. Jacob Styan was 2 for 2 with an RBI for Unity, which received 13 strikeouts from Robby Crouse in a complete-game effort. Chase Bouse threw a complete game for the Cornjerkers and was 1 for 3 with an RBI. C.J. Short (2 for 3, two RBI) and Conner Grace (2 for 3, two RBI) sparked Unity’s offense in the second game.
■ Urbana 11-12, MacArthur 0-2. Jon Tauber hurled a one-hit shutout in six innings to lift the Tigers in the first game of a Big 12 road doubleheader, while Conner Gremer added two hits and two RBI. Kiel King hit a three-run home run and had five RBI during Urbana’s win in the second game, which saw Cam Ford scatter four hits in a complete game.
■ Washington 5, Mahomet-Seymour 3. The Bulldogs could not pull out a win in Lincoln despite a solid pitching performance from Kevin Mumm.
■ Attica (Ind.) 9, Oakwood 3. The host Comets committed five errors.
■ At Tuscola. The Warriors placed second at their six-team invitational. Tuscola beat Palestine 10-2 behind RBI triples from Alexis Guiliani and Halle McCrory, and also beat Oakwood 10-0 after Peyton Shelmadine fell a home run shy of the cycle and drove in five runs. Tuscola lost 7-6 to Casey-Westfield in the championship game despite two hits and eight strikeouts from Erin Walker.
Clinton placed third, defeating Palestine 12-1 in the third-place game, which saw Megan Tool and Haley Ginger each hit home runs. The Maroons also beat Aurora Central Catholic 7-0 and lost 3-2 to Casey-Westfield.
■ At Springfield. Monticello went 3-0 in a tournament played at the University of Illinois-Springfield. The Sages defeated Hardin Calhoun 5-2 in the first game, with Megan Taylor (1 for 3, two RBI) and Allie Hislope (1 for 2, RBI) leading the way. Monticello knocked off Litchfield 13-3 in six innings during the second game. Megan Magsamen (3 for 3, two RBI), Sophie Catlin (2 for 3, three RBI) and Hislope (2 for 4, RBI) sparked the offense. Chrissy Gadbury struck out five in a five-inning shutout during the Sages’ 12-0 win against South Fulton in the third game. Emily Chitwood (3 for 3, RBI) and Taylor (2 for 3, three RBI) complemented Gadbury’s solid pitching.
■ Centennial 16-16, Eisenhower 1-0. The host Chargers won both Big 12 games in five innings. Danielle Staske threw a no-hitter in the first game, striking out five, while Amy Janson (4 for 4, six RBI) and Lexi Hall (2 for 4, four RBI, five runs) excelled at the plate. Janson threw a shutout in the second game for Centennial, scattering three hits and striking out seven. Lindsey Wyss (3 for 3, five RBI) and Kaity Wyss (2 for 2, RBI) sparked the offense.
■ Urbana 23-4, MacArthur 15-14. Chelsea Skinner had four hits and six RBI for visiting Urbana in the first game of a Big 12 doubleheader before having the only two hits for Urbana in the second game. Krista Broom added three hits, including a two-run home run, for the Tigers in the first game, while Makayla Perkins and Makayla Dulaney each had three hits in the first game.
■ Normal Community 13-15, Danville 0-2. The host Vikings managed three hits on the day — all in the second game — against the Ironmen in Big 12 play.
■ Normal West 16-13, Champaign Central 0-1. Shireen Hassan drove in the lone run for the Maroons on the day in the second game of a Big 12 road doubleheader. Scoyoniah Bowdry was 2 for 2 in the second game after Central (0-8) did not get a hit in the first game, while Hassan and Imani Maatuka each went 2 for 3.
■ Salt Fork 10-10, Unity 0-0. Salt Fork kept its perfect record intact with a doubleheader sweep. Kaylee McFadden, Lea Hall, Kylee Summers and Camaryn Todd all had two hits and drove in a run for the Storm (10-0) in the first game. Gracie Schweighart led Unity with two hits. Logan Sanford had three hits and three RBI to propel Salt Fork in the second game, while teammate Emilie McFadden had two hits, including a home run. McKenzie Krutsinger rapped out two hits for the Rockets.
■ Blue Ridge 14-28, Peoria Manual 0-3. Mackenzie Beck hit a home run and had two RBI in the first-game win for the Knights, who saw Megan Tsevelekos strike out 11. Cheye Beres hit a home run in the second game, while Taylor Builta (two triples, two RBI) and Tsevelekos (3 for 5, three runs) chipped in for the Knights.
■ Sullivan 10, Cerro Gordo/Bement 0. Brittin Boyer and Heidi Clements each hit a home run to spark the visiting Redskins. Haley Wright contributed two hits for the Broncos.
In boys’ track & field
■ At Urbana. Lonnie Buggs won two events to guide Danville to third place among 13 teams at the 71st annual Urbana Open. Buggs placed first in the long jump (20 feet) and the 300-meter hurdles (40.75 seconds) after a runner-up finish in the 110 hurdles (15.98). Champaign Central — which finished fourth in the team standings — received a first-place finish from Fraquan Gaines (41-4) in the triple jump and from Enoc Ngandu, Edmond McGhee, Jamal Stovall and Zakkori Johnson in the 400-meter relay (45.87).
■ At Fairbury. Prairie Central’s Wyatt Vernon won all three sprints at the Prairie Central Invitational, sweeping the 100-meter dash (11.5), the 200 (23.6) and the 400 (52.7) to help the Hawks finish second at the 10-team meet. Coale Dolbert won the triple jump (37-5) and the high jump (6-0) for Blue Ridge, while Fisher’s Josh Wallick won the shot put (48-41/2) and Ridgeview’s Caleb Hays won the discus (124-4).
In girls’ track & field
■ At Fairbury. Prairie Central’s Kassadee Ifft won the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, and sister Caitlyn Ifft won the 3,200-meter run in 12:59.8 to lead the Hawks to top honors at their 10-team meet. Fisher’s Miranda Marry won four individual events for the Bunnies. Marry took first in the 100-meter dash (12.8), the 200 (26.3), the 400 (59.9) and the 300 hurdles (48.1), while Ridgeview’s Carrissa Tinsley won the discus (111-6).
In girls’ soccer
■ Urbana University High 6, Normal Calvary 0. Grace Lilly and Carmen Gewirth each scored two goals to lead the visiting Illineks. Madeleine Nelson contributed a goal and an assist, and Lilly Bralts-Kelly distributed two assists for Uni High.
■ Normal West 9, Centennial 0. Devin Kyler had 10 saves for the Chargers.
In boys’ tennis
■ At Champaign. Central rolled to a 5-0 win against Tinley Park Andrew, winning two singles matches and three doubles matches, before suffering a 4-1 loss to Normal U-High. Austin Aten won his No. 1 singles matches for the Maroons. Centennial defeated Andrew 5-0 before losing 4-1 to Normal U-High. Sunny Singh won his No. 1 singles matches for the Chargers.