Saturday's prep highlights: Danville tennis takes Big 12 title
– BETHANY SEXTON (No. 4), NEHA PATEL (No. 5) and COURTNEY HART (No. 6) won singles titles to help Danville win the Big 12 title on the Illinois campus. AMY SHAH was second at No. 3, RACHAEL LEWIS third at No. 2 and EMMA PECK fourth at No. 1 for the Vikings, whose three doubles teams also placed in the top three Friday.
"Our depth has been our strength all year," Danville coach SCOTT SIMPSON said. "It was a total team effort."
And a total team celebration. The Vikings, who last won the Big 12 in 1998, went to dinner in Champaign and upon returning to Danville received a police escort into town.
"It was nice to win something as a team," Danville assistant coach CATHY SIMPSON said. "Every match made a difference."
Danville was second at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles.
ALLISON HANSEN won at No. 1 singles for second-place Centennial.
"Allison is just an exceptional player," Centennial coach PAT KEARNEY said. "She has an outstanding work ethic and the skill set to match."
Hansen teamed with MARIA MEARS to win at No. 1 doubles. Mears was second at No. 2 singles, MICHAELA KEARNEY was second at No. 4 singles and WENDY PAN was second at No. 6 singles for the Chargers.
Fourth-place Champaign Central got a win from SAMANTHA EMERY.
– MADELIENE BAILLON and JIWON YOON won in singles and teamed for a win in doubles in host St. Thomas More's 6-3 loss to Teutopolis.
– LAUREN CLOYD and MORGAN LEACH made the all-tournament team as Centennial won the Wilmington tournament with a 5-0 record. The Chargers didn't lose a set along the way, beating Bradley-Bourbonnais 25-15, 25-19 in the championship match.
– EMMA CABUTTI had 15 kills and BAYLEE O'DONNELL added 10 as Mahomet-Seymour went 1-2 at the Chatham Glenwood tournament. LOGAN MOORE and KRISTEN BELYEA each had 24 assists, MOLLY COCKERHAM had 17 digs and ELISE DAHLKE, ALYSSA DROLLINGER and MAKENZIE HARTMAN added three blocks apiece.
– JESSICA ALLHANDS and DOMINIQUE SZOLDATITS each had six kills as Watseka beat Georgetown-Ridge Farm 25-11, 25-10. KAITY JOHNSON had 16 assists and three aces for the Warriors, who got 14 service points from ALLISON KAPER.
– BETH WESTON had eight kills and JENNA ZOLLAR had 13 assists to lead Hoopeston Area past Iroquois West 25-15, 25-15. HALEY PENCE had seven kills and two blocks in the loss.
– HANNAH WRIGHT (19 minutes, 43 seconds) and JAKEENYA EVANS (20:06) led Champaign Central at the Runnin' Red Invite at Metamora. JULIA SMITH and NEDA SROKA also broke 22 minutes.
– BEN FLODSTROM scored three goals – raising his season total to 17 – as Centennial beat Mattoon 5-0 in Big 12 action. ANDY DRACKLEY made five saves for another shutout and helped his cause with an assist on Flodstrom's final goal. JOHN MUWANA and YUTA NAKAMURA also scored for the Chargers (7-10-2, 3-3-1).
– CLAYTON COTTLE scored twice and STEPHEN MIELKE had six saves as Danville beat Hoopeston Area 4-0 in nonconference action. MAC LEVERENZ and DENNIS FORREST also scored for the Vikings (12-4-2), who host Champaign Central in a Senior Night match at 6 p.m. Monday.
DILLON EIGHNER had nine saves for Hoopeston Area (13-6-1).
– Big 12 champion Urbana was shut out at Springfield 2-0.
– EMMA NEWMAN won the 100-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley, and SARA FUNDATOR won the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke as Champaign Central finished second at the Central Invite at Unit 4 Pool. HANNAH NEWMAN was first in the 50 free and second in the 500 free for the Maroons, who won the 200 free relay. MORGAN DAVIS was second in the 50 free.
MILLIE NELSON won the 200 free for fifth-place Urbana Uni High.