Thursday's prep highlights: Chargers top Tigers
■ Centennial 8, Urbana 1. Austin Johnson threw six strong innings, giving up no runs and yielding four hits, while he went 3 for 3 as the host Chargers earned a Big 12 win. Dylan Grady went 3 for 4 with an RBI, while Jeff Lindgren (2 for 3, home run) and Greg Huss (2 for 3, two RBI) helped out Centennial’s offense. Jon Tauber had two of Urbana’s four hits, and Nick Amaya drove in the Tigers’ run.
■ Clinton 21, Unity 19. The visiting Maroons darted to a 12-1 lead after two innings and held off Unity to claim the high-scoring win. Both teams combined for 39 hits and 11 errors. Hunter Heusner (4 for 5, six RBI) and Zach Polen (3 for 5, four RBI) sparked Clinton’s offense, while Mitchell Snodgrass (5 for 6, three RBI) and Taylor White (2 for 4, four RBI) each hit home runs for the Rockets.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 20, Iroquois West 1. The visiting Spartans scored 10 runs
in the third inning and relied on home runs from Chase Gadau (three RBI), Kohlton Johnson (three RBI) and Tyler Haake (two RBI) as they improved to 26-1. Brock Immke (3 for 3) and Cole Berry each contributed two doubles for SJ-O.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 12, Normal U-High 2. Cully Day (4 for 4, three RBI), Nick McHale (2 for 4, three RBI) and Tom Kenney (2 for 5, three RBI) helped the Bulldogs earn a road win.
■ Rantoul 16, Prairie Central 2. The visiting Eagles had five players rack up two hits apiece, with Kolton Vermillion (3 for 3) supplying a two-run home run. Kyle Flessner struck out seven and scattered eight hits in throwing a complete game for the Eagles. Darren Raby had three hits, including a two-run home run, for the Hawks.
■ Monticello 7, St. Teresa 1. Daniel Caldwell threw a one-hitter for the host Sages and struck out 12. Ryne Bundy (3 for 4), Matt Crook (2 for 3, three RBI) and David Vanderkloot (2 for 3, three RBI) led Monticello’s offense.
■ Cissna Park 13, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 12. The visiting Timberwolves rallied with four runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete a come-from-behind win. Dylan Reetz (3 for 5, two RBI), Josh Marquez (2 for 5, three RBI) and Jacob Marquez (2 for 4, three RBI) contributed significantly for Cissna Park. Axl Denault drove in three runs and Johnny Walder (2 for 4) added two RBI for the Panthers, who loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning but could not scratch out a run.
■ Fisher 8, Fieldcrest 7. The host Bunnies prevailed behind superb hitting days from Tyler Rogers (3 for 3, three RBI, triple), Kyle Williams (2 for 2, two triples, three RBI) and Simon Corley (2 for 3, RBI).
■ Oakwood 8, Hoopeston Area 2. Austin McCarty hit a home run and drove in three runs for the Comets, and Blake Vinson had two hits and an RBI. The Cornjerkers’ Andrew Samet went 1 for 2 and Kendall Walder struck out 10 in a losing effort.
■ Watseka 11, St. Anne 1. Will Lyznicki (1 for 3, three stolen bases, RBI), Jake Shippert (2 for 3, RBI) and Blake Burd (2 for 3, two RBI) propelled the Warriors at home.
■ LeRoy 7, Cerro Gordo/Bement 6. Nick Aupperle had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs for the host Panthers, while Matt Chastain recorded the win in the first start of his career. Connor Gross managed three hits, including a double, and collected two RBI for the Broncos.
■ Warrensburg-Latham 12, Tuscola 6. Nick Bates, Clayton Turner and Austin Martin all went 2 for 4 during a road loss for the Warriors.
■ Mattoon 14, Danville 2. Tristan Wolfe had both RBI for the host Vikings, while Mike Vascura (2 for 3) doubled.
■ Neoga 13, Arcola 0. Wyatt Fishel had a double for one of two hits by the Purple Riders in a home loss.
■ Stewardson-Strasburg/Windsor 12, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 2. Tyler Schuring and Ross Ryan each went 3 for 3, but the host Knights couldn’t recover from a 6-0 deficit after three innings.
■ Danville 6, Centennial 1. The visiting Vikings manufactured five runs in the fifth inning to pull away from Centennial in Big 12 action. Alissa Peelman went 2 for 3, including a triple, and drove in two runs to pace Danville. Teammate Megan Burton went 2 for 4 with an RBI to account for the other two hits by Danville. Autumn McIntosh (1 for 3) drove in Centennial’s run.
■ Urbana 11, Central 0. Krista Broom hit two home runs, Taylor Lovett hit a home run and the host Tigers broke the game open with a four-run inning in the third and a seven-run inning in the fifth to close out the Big 12 win. Kiara Moses, Makayla Perkins and Chelsea Skinner each had two hits for Urbana.
■ Salt Fork 10, Seeger (Ind.) 3. The host Storm kept its perfect season intact after a seven-run fifth inning allowed it to pick up the win. Lea Hall had two hits, including a double, and drove in five runs for Salt Fork, which improved to 24-0. Logan Sanford had two RBI, while Kalyn Learnard and Kaylee McFadden each added an RBI.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 7, Rantoul 5. Hannah Fortune supplied her own good fortune by going 2 for 4 with three RBI as the Bulldogs won on the road. Kaylee Denton (3 for 5, RBI) sparked the Eagles.
■ St. Thomas More 15, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 5. Lauren Croft (four hits), Emma Powell (three hits, two RBI, inside-the-park home run) and Aleesha Roessler (three hits, three RBI) carried the host Sabers to a win. Zayna Flahaut drove in three runs for PBL.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 28, Iroquois West 1. The visiting Spartans scored at least eight runs in three separate innings en route to a 24-hit output. Mady Poulter (three hits, six RBI) and Ashlynn McConaha (three hits) led the way for SJ-O, and Tori Witruk allowed one hit.
■ Clinton 8, Moweaqua Central A&M 1. The visiting Maroons won thanks to a two-run home run from Megan Tool, along with productive days at the plate by Haley Ginger (2 for 4, two RBI) and Miranda Ennis (2 for 3, RBI).
■ Watseka 15, St. Anne 5. The host Warriors used a four-run fifth inning and a five-run sixth inning to pull away and reach the 20-win mark. Devin Curry went 4 for 5 with two RBI and Taylor Bauer went 3 for 4 with two RBI to spark Watseka.
■ Westville 9, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 6. Ji’cee Lacey drove in three runs to carry the visiting Tigers to the win. Morgan Gallion (two doubles, RBI) and Stefanie Nourie (double, two RBI) each chipped in for Westville. Megan Burris doubled and drove in a run to lead the Buffaloes.
■ Hoopeston Area 7, Oakwood 3. Madie Cline and Hailee Swinford each compiled two RBI for the Cornjerkers in a home victory, and Rylee Martin struck out nine. Kylie Harden had two hits and two RBI for Oakwood.
■ Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 8, Cerro Gordo/Bement 2. Mikayla Miller and Emily Seegmiller each went 2 for 4 with a triple, while Miller also hit a home run, to lead the Lancers in a road win. Kailan Morris (triple) and Sadie Sayer (RBI) contributed for the Broncos.
■ Blue Ridge 12, Prairie Central 9. Jamison Brandt produced four hits, including two doubles, and had three RBI for Blue Ridge in a road win. Taylor Builta (3 for 5, two RBI) and Mackenzie Beck (2 for 4, two RBI) complemented Brandt’s superb day at the plate. Cassie Somers (3 for 4, home run, two RBI) and Meridith Johnson (3 for 4, four RBI) led the
■ Armstrong-Potomac 11, Villa Grove/Heritage 10. The host Trojans rallied for the win with a walkoff RBI single by Courtney Hilleary, one of two RBI she had on the day. Ashley Gayheart had two hits, including a double, for A-P, while Cedar Richardson and Alix Ezell led the Hawks.
■ Maroa-Forsyth 6, Tuscola 2. Peyton Shelmadine finished 3 for 3 and Karli Allen hit a solo home run, but it wasn’t enough for the Warriors in a home loss.
■ Fieldcrest 8, Fisher 7. Leah Williams went 2 for 4 with three RBI and Toree Stalter went 3 for 3 with three runs, but the host Bunnies could not rally for a win.
In girls’ soccer
■ Central 8, MacArthur 0. Maddy Chalifoux scored three goals and handed out two assists as the Maroons cruised to a Big 12 road win. Claire Redden chipped in with two goals and two assists, and Emica Quigley scored a goal and had an assist.
■ Urbana 7, Eisenhower 0. Ellie England, Reanna Bear-Brister, Autum Anders, Margaret Taylor, Alexis Jones, Caitlyn Fouke and Alison Slaughter all scored one goal apiece as the visiting Tigers had no trouble recording a Big 12 win.
■ Urbana University High 2, Warrensburg-Latham 0. Esther Johnson scored both goals for the Illineks in a home win as Carmen Gewith contributed an assist. Jia Curry-Bild and Lydia Mihaly combined for a shutout on Uni High’s Senior Night.
■ Danville First Baptist 8, Judah Christian 1. Ashley Greazer scored four goals, Kimmy Montgomery tallied three goals and Amy Montgomery finished with four assists for First Baptist in a home win. Sarah Dunford scored Judah Christian’s goal.
■ Charleston 3, Mahomet-Seymour 2. Natalie Fulk and Catherine McHale each scored a goal for the host Bulldogs, and Sarah VanWingerden and Aleyna Brunner distributed assists for M-S.
■ Mount Zion 5, Danville 2. The Vikings lost on the road despite goals from Kaitie Goodwin and Taylor Ellis.
■ St. Teresa 7, Monticello 1. Eilish McLean tallied the lone goal for the Sages in a road loss.
In boys’ track and field
■ At Paxton. The Panthers received wins from Nick Porter in the 800-meter run (2 minutes, 7.90 seconds), Grant Iverson in the 1,600 (4:56.14), Tyler Rubarts in the triple jump (43 feet, 1 inch) and Corbin Riecks in the pole vault (10-6) to claim top honors at their own 12-team invitational. Austin Kidwell sparked Watseka to a third-place finish with wins in the 100 (11.23), 200 (22.65) and 400 (51.11). Austin Zirkle of Iroquois West was a two-event winner in the long jump (21-9) and high jump (6-0), Fisher’s Josh Wallick won the discus (156-9) and Urbana University High placed first in the 1,600 relay and the 3,200 relay.