Saturday's prep highlights: Central softball wins first game
■ Central 13-14, MacArthur 0-0. The host Maroons rolled to a Big 12 doubleheader sweep of the Generals. Zach Dorner gave up two hits in the first game, while Luke Beesley went 2 for 2 with three RBI. Alec Barger hit a home run and drove in five runs during the second game, which featured 3-for-3 efforts from Dorner and Jake Snider. Connor Mapes and Snider each stole four bases to tie a single-game school record for Central (22-1).
■ Centennial 10-10, Normal Community 2-6. Austin Johnson recorded the win in the first game for the visiting Chargers as they swept a Big 12 doubleheader. Johnson helped his cause with two doubles and three RBI. Luke Smith earned the win in the second game for Centennial (10-7) and went 2 for 4 with four RBI at the plate, while Dylan Grady went 3 for 4 and scored two runs.
■ Danville 16-21, Eisenhower 4-2. TRISTAN WOLFE went 3 for 4 with four RBI for the Vikings in Game 1 before austin west (2 for 2, two RBI) sparked Danville in Game 2.
■ Bloomington 7-12, Urbana 2-8. Kiel King had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers during the first game of a Big 12 doubleheader at home. Tanner Russell compiled three hits, four runs and three stolen bases during the second game, and King drove in three runs.
■ Cissna Park 12-5, Hoopeston Area 3-3. Jacob Marquez tripled and drove in three runs during the first game for the visiting Timberwolves. Dylan Reetz, Wyatt Froehling and Marquez each had an RBI during the second game for Cissna Park, while Kendall Walder had one of two hits for the Cornjerkers.
■ Judah Christian 12, Schlarman 1. Dylan Hamilton (3 for 4, three RBI) and Brendan Black (2 for 3, two RBI) paced the Judah Christian offense in a road win, while David Johnson only allowed one hit in five innings. Kevin Lane had the lone hit for the Hilltoppers.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 12-11, Momence 1-0. Tyler McCormick’s complete game featured eight strikeouts to lead SJ-O in the first game, while Cole Berry had two hits and Brock Immke drove in two runs with a double. McCormick (2 for 2, two RBI) and Jake Stewart (double, triple, RBI) sparked the offense in the second game, while Berry and Dalton Parker had five strikeouts apiece.
■ Unity 11-14, New Berlin 1-1. Mitchell Snodgrass yielded four hits in throwing six innings in the first game before Robby Crouse allowed two hits in five innings in the second game for the visiting Rockets.
■ Iroquois West 13-1, Fisher 3-11. Trenton Miller went 2 for 3 with three RBI and Payton Stiers had two hits and an RBI for the visiting Raiders in Game 1. Grant Pointer had a triple and two runs for Fisher. Brett Cagle struck out seven to pick up his first win at Fisher in the second game and added three RBI, while Pointer (three RBI) and Mario Partida (two RBI) chipped in. Riley Miller had an RBI for IW.
■ Salt Fork 10-12, Clinton 2-2. Cole Taylor had two hits and drove in four runs to lead the Storm in the first game before Garrett McFadden (four hits), Noah Darr (three hits), Max Stutsman (three hits) and Colton Baird (two hits) contributed to Salt Fork’s 12th straight win in Game 2, while Josh Hickman had two hits and two RBI for Clinton.
■ Stewardson-Stras/Windsor 14, A-L/A-H 1. Tyler Schuring, Noah Yantis, Clayton Honn and Logan Conner went 1 for 2 for A-L/A-H.
■ Central 9-11, MacArthur 8-10. The host Maroons won their first two games of the season — and both came in walk-off fashion during the Big 12 sweep. Rebecca Crisman had a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh in the first game, while Imani Maatuka (2 for 3, three RBI) and Scoyoniah Bowdry (1 for 3, two RBI) contributed. Central trailed 10-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2 before scoring eight runs. Madison Omer brought home the game-winning run when she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Maatuka went 3 for 4 with two RBI as the Maroons walked 11 times and were hit by a pitch five times.
■ Danville 19-19, Eisenhower 1-1. Whitney Spencer hit two home runs in the first game, including a grand slam, and drove in five runs. Mackenzie King also had five RBI. Megan Burton led the way in the second game, going 4 for 4 with three RBI and hitting two triples. Lindsey Loewenstein (3 for 4) helped Danville sweep the Big 12 twin bill.
■ Normal Community 2-11, Centennial 1-0. Amy Janson had the lone hit and only RBI for Centennial in the first game of a Big 12 road doubleheader, while Janson and Aolani Sprout produced the Chargers’ only two hits in the second game.
■ Fisher 22-18, Iroquois West 1-0. Toree Stalter hit a three-run home run, Emilee Schwing went 3 for 3, Hannah Varner racked up three hits and two RBI and Leah Williams drove in three runs in Game 1. Taylor Lund had the lone RBI for the Raiders. Fisher’s Megan McCoy had two doubles and five RBI in the second game, while teammates Megan Nigg (two hits, four RBI) and Cassidy Thomas (three RBI, triple) each contributed.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 5-12, Momence 1-0. Lexie Boaz hit a home run in Game 2, one of three hits she had on the day. Molly McElwee had five hits and three stolen bases in both games, with Ashlynn McConaha adding four hits. Hannah Gawthorp and Andrea Coursey each had three hits.
■ Watseka 8-14, Milford 0-3. Taylor Bauer struck out nine and threw a no-hitter to lift the visiting Warriors past the Bearcats in the first game. Bauer added two hits, while Devin Curry (4 for 5, two RBI) and Samantha Hodolitz (3 for 4, two RBI) had superb efforts at the plate. Bauer struck out nine in the second game and went 4 for 5 with three RBI, while Katie McTaggart had three RBI for the Warriors. Erin McNally and Alyssa Totheroh each drove in a run for Milford.
In girls’ soccer
■ Centennial 2, Danville 0. Paige Ducharme and Claire Cowser each scored a goal for the host Chargers, while Grace Delacruz and Lilly Bost each supplied an assist. Devin Kyler made six saves for Centennial, and Kyia Bryant made six saves for Danville.
■ St. Thomas More 3, Urbana 0. The host Sabers utilized two goals from Louisette Lukusa and a goal from Michaela Ward, who added an assist, along with solid goalkeeping from Lexi Wallen. Randa Harshbarger came through with an assist for STM.
In track and field
■ At Champaign. Dominique Lewis won the 100 in 12.53 seconds for Centennial and was second in the 200 (24.78), breaking a school record that stood since 2006 in the latter event, at the Harold Jester Invitational. Centennial — fifth at the 10-team meet — won the 400 relay (48.96) and the 800 relay (1 minute, 44.05 seconds). Teammate Bertha Frazier set a school record when she placed second in the 400 (57.43). Mahomet-Seymour, which placed fourth, had a first-place finish from Lauren Whitehouse in the 3,200 (11:47.9) and its 3,200 relay (9:50.54).
In boys’ tennis
■ At Springfield. Austin Aten won the championship at No. 1 singles at the Springfield Invitational, one of two Central players to place first. Hayden Dodds added a championship at No. 6 singles, while Aten and Nikhil Thope claimed the top spot at No. 1 doubles for the Maroons.
■ At Champaign. Centennial won its own 16-team Charger Invitational thanks to individual titles from Sunny Singh at No. 1 singles, Max Zheng at No. 2 singles and the No. 2 doubles tandem of Will Small and Patrick Kearney.