Friday's prep highlights: STM's Kalponek excels

Friday's prep highlights: STM's Kalponek excels

Prep highlights

In baseball

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 12, Villa Grove/Heritage 8. Eric Watson went 2 for 3 with four RBI to lead BHRA in a nonconference home win. Dawson Dodd (2 for 3, RBI) and Chase Rademacher (2 for 3) also chipped in for the Blue Devils (3-2). Ryan Cheatham (4 for 5, four RBI) and Carson Howard (3 for 4, two RBI) sparked the Hawks (4-3).

Centennial 1, Springfield (Pa.) 0. Joe Stilger and Trey Ryan combined on a shutout for the Chargers (3-2) in Vero Beach, Fla., while Eric Hall drove in the game's lone run to give coach Ryan Remole his 100th victory in charge of Centennial.

LeRoy 13, Meridian 0. Nate Sammer struck out 14 in throwing a one-hit shutout for the Panthers (3-1) during a five-inning nonconference road win. Ty Egan and Logan Petersen each compiled three hits and an RBI while Max Buckles added two RBI.

Cissna Park 12, St. Anne 1. The Timberwolves (2-0) earned a five-inning nonconference home win behind strong games from Keegan Boyle (2 for 4, two RBI), Conner Lober (2 for 4, two RBI) and Ian Rogers (2 for 3, RBI).

Monticello 12, Westville 2. Asher Bradd fell a home run shy of the cycle in leading the visiting Sages to a five-inning nonconference win. Bradd went 4 for 4 with four RBI and three runs scored to spark Monticello (5-1). Andrew Ellison (2 for 2, two RBI) and Colin Jones (1 for 4, two RBI) also played big roles for the Sages. Alec Schaumburg (2 for 2, RBI) and Bryce Burnett (1 for 2, RBI) stood out for Westville (0-7).

Morton 2, St. Joseph-Ogden 0. The visiting Spartans (4-3) fell behind 2-0 after the first inning and only managed one hit by Drew Coursey in a nonconference loss.

Oakwood 4, Fisher 3. The visiting Comets rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead and then held on for a nonconference win. Noah Ruch (2 for 3), Elijah Harden (2 for 4), Brady Howard (2 for 4) and Koby Fletcher (1 for 3, RBI) paced Oakwood (2-1). Tyler Martin went 2 for 4 with an RBI to lead the Bunnies (0-3).

Ottawa Marquette 11, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 8. After trailing 7-4, Ottawa Marquette scored seven runs in the top of the fifth to take control and leave Paxton with a nonconference win. Trey VanWinkle (2 for 4, two RBI) and Ben Jarboe (1 for 3, two RBI) paced PBL (1-2)

Prairie Central 12, Lexington 0. Cooper Palmore, Carter Nowak and Dalton Strowmatt each drove in two runs for the visiting Hawks (2-0) in a five-inning nonconference win.

Rantoul 11, Decatur Eisenhower 1. The host Eagles scored at least one run in every inning during a five-inning nonconference win. Norlyn Stewart (2 for 2, two RBI), Adam Crites (2 for 3, RBI) and Hunter Hoffman (1 for 2, two RBI) led the offense for Rantoul (3-0), while Hayden Cargo and Casey Dillman combined on a four-hitter.

Salt Fork 8, Unity 6. The visiting Storm pushed across four runs in the top of the seventh to rally from a 6-4 deficit and leave Tolono with a nonconference win. Kotah Broeker (3 for 4, RBI), Zach Gritten (2 for 3, RBI) and Matthew Wrzosek (2 for 4, RBI) led the way for Salt Fork (3-0). Gunnar Bailey had two hits and John Flavin produced a double for Unity (2-1).

Tuscola 11, Cerro Gordo/Bement 1. The visiting Warriors took an early 5-1 lead after two innings and won the nonconference game in five innings. Jalen Quinn (3 for 4, two RBI), Will Little (2 for 4, two RBI), Cade Kresin (1 for 3, two RBI), Brayden VonLanken (2 for 3, RBI) and Lucas Kresin (1 for 3, two RBI) generated all the offense Tuscola (6-1) needed. Connor Moore drove in the lone run for CG/B (0-2).

In softball

Southern Warrior Classic

Gibbs (Tenn.) 8, Unity 5. Unity fell in its first game of the day in Murfreesboro, Tenn., despite solid games from Elyce Knudsen (four hits, including three doubles, and an RBI) and Kyleigh Dubson (two hits, RBI).

Unity 13, West Morgan (Ala.) 2. The Rockets responded in their second game with a convincing five-inning win. Jalyn Powell hit a triple and a home run to post three RBI, while Dubson also hit a home run and drove in three runs. Brooke Garreston added two RBI, while Knudsen, Morgan Steinman and Taylor Henry each had two hits for Unity (4-1).

Independence (Tenn.) 7, Centennial 4. Nini Liong (1 for 2, RBI) and Addison Archer (1 for 4, RBI) each had timely hits for Centennial, but it wasn't enough for the Chargers.

Baylor (Tenn.) 6, Centennial 0. Centennial fell behind 3-0 after two innings and couldn't muster much offense in its second loss of the day. Liong compiled the only hit for the Chargers (0-3).


Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 21, Heritage 3. The visiting Knights (2-2) cruised to a win thanks to stellar hitting from Reagan Miller (3 for 5, six RBI), Makenzie Brown (1 for 4, four RBI) and Kirsten Corum (3 for 4, three RBI). Gracyn Allen went 2 for 2 and Kenzie Davison supplied a triple and an RBI for Heritage (1-3).

Blue Ridge 16, Mt. Pulaski 1.  Avery Place collected three hits and three RBI for the host Knights (4-0) in a nonconference win. Kaitlyn Zeigler and Harley Buchanan also had multiple hits for Blue Ridge.

Casey-Westfield 3, Salt Fork 1. Jordan Jones went 2 for 3 with an RBI to give Salt Fork a 1-0 lead after three innings, but the visiting Storm (0-1) lost its season opener.

Fisher 2, Oakwood 0. Sydney Eichelberger and Sidney Hood combined on a two-hit shutout to lift the host Bunnies (3-0) to a nonconference win. Eichelberger struck out seven and yielded only one hit in four innings before Hood pitched the final three innings to garner the save. Eichelberger (2 for 2, RBI) and Makynzee Theis (1 for 2, RBI) led the way in the batter's box for Fisher. Kerrigan Shafer and Ashlynn Pinnick each had a hit for the Comets (0-1).

Georgetown-Ridge Farm 11, Watseka 2. Taylor Stal went 3 for 4 with two runs scored as the visiting Buffaloes broke open the nonconference game with seven runs in the top of the seventh. Bailee Whittacker threw a two-hit complete game for G-RF (2-0). Kennedy Bauer and Cassie Peters each had two hits for Watseka (3-1).

Herscher 18, Mahomet-Seymour 0. The visiting Bulldogs (1-1) didn't manage a hit in a four-inning nonconference loss.

Meridian 7, LeRoy 2. The visiting Panthers trailed 5-0 after four innings en route to a nonconference defeat. Molly White and Lynsee Clow each went 1 for 3 for LeRoy (3-2).

Neoga 14, Tri-County 5. Cailynne Phillips and Kiersten Price-Wilson each had two RBI for the Titans (0-4) in a road nonconference loss.

Tuscola 15, Cerro Gordo/Bement 0. The visiting Warriors cruised to a three-inning nonconference win behind solid efforts from Jessie Martin (1 for 3, three RBI), Kendyl Ring (2 for 2, two RBI), Natalie Bates (2 for 3, RBI) and Kaitlyn Reifsteck (2 for 3, solo home run) at the plate. Ashton Smith struck out four to pick up the win for Tuscola (6-0). Graycie Copsy had the lone hit for the Broncos (1-3).

In boys' track

At Bloomington. Five area individuals won event titles at the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Bobby Kalponek of St. Thomas More placed first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.26 seconds, while Aidan Laughery of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley won the 200 in 22.67. Mason Barr of Ridgeview/Lexington won a title in the 60 hurles (8.25), Makail Stanley of Argenta-Oreana placed first in the 60 (7.02) and Tate Walcott of Ridgeview/Lexington won the long jump with a leap of 23 feet. Caine Wilson of Salt Fork placed second in the 60 hurdles (8.50) and the 400 (51.70), while Barr took second in the 200 (23.03). Ramsey Hunt of Tri-County finished second in the triple jump (43-01 / 2) and third in the long jump (21-73 / 4), while Stanley added a third-place finish in the 400 (52.18). Lucas Chittick of Fisher took second in the 3,200 (9:35.96), while St. Joseph-Ogden's 800 relay finished second (1:35.86). Alex Comet of St. Thomas More added a third-place finish in the shot put (50-4) and Dawson Rogers of Salt Fork placed third in the 800 (2:02.89).

In girls' track

At Bloomington. Kenli Nettles of Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond won three event titles at the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet to lead the area contingent competing at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Nettles placed first in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches and also took first in the 60-meter hurdles (8.94 seconds) and the 400 (58.74). Fran Hendrickson of St. Thomas More won the 1,600 in 5:21.30, while Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's Delanie Dykes won the 800 (2:21.70) and placed second in the 400 (1:00.62). St. Joseph-Ogden's 3,200 relay won the event in 9:59.76 and Salt Fork's Gracie Jessup placed third in the 60 hurdles (9.36).