Saturday's highlights: Blaase blazes
Urbana Uni 8, Salt Fork/Westville 1. GEORGE VOULGARIS scored three times as the Illineks improved to 13-0. TARIK KORIC had a pair of goals, while PATRICK WONG added a goal and four assists. Voulgaris, Wong and Koric each have 16 goals this season. ALEX MESTRE also scored for Urbana Uni.
Normal Community 4, Danville 1. EDDIE ROMERO scored from GRACSON TORRES in the 67th minute for the Vikings, who fell to 4-7-1, 2-2 in Big 12 Conference play. Normal took a 2-0 lead when it scored seven seconds before halftime. Danville keepers STEPHEN MIELKE and CAMERON GRIFFIN each collected five saves.
St. Thomas More 6, Oakwood 0. The Sabers improved to 9-3 behind two goals and two assists from WILEY JONES. KYLE KOSTELL and KYLER JONES each added a pair of goals. DAN SHIN contributed two assists. Keeper DANNY VETTER posted his fifth shutout.
At Rockford. Centennial (6-4-2) lost a shootout against Rockford Christian after a scoreless tie, then dropped a 3-2 overtime decision against East Moline in the Indian Cup. The Chargers lost the shootout 3-2 with MICHAEL KIM and JAMEEL ABDUL-RAHMAN converting their chances. Against East Moline, Abdul-Rahman scored from DIAMOND WILLIAMS, who later scored in the final minute of regulation to force overtime.
At Morton. BRIAN LOPEZ scored in each match but Urbana lost to Batavia 4-1 and Moline 4-2.
At Hoopeston. Blue Ridge finished 2-0-2 at the Cornjerker Classic, winning the championship on a tiebreaker. The Knights defeated Watseka 6-0 behind five goals from JONATHAN MALONE. They beat Georgetown-Ridge Farm 8-0 as Malone scored five and CONNER BUILTA added three.
In boys' golf
At Pekin. Danville's TYLER ELLIS and Champaign Central's RILEY THOMPSON each shot an 88 to lead the area contingent at the 23-team Dragon Classic. Danville shot 381, while the Maroons finished at 384.
At Paris. Bismarck-Henning finished second in the 12-team Paris Invitational with a 320 total. ANDY BOTT led the Blue Devils with a 74, 3 strokes behind champ JACKSON WENDLIN of Effingham. Urbana's C.G. FACER shot a 77 to finish fifth. Teammate MICHAEL THOMPSON added an 81, as did Bismarck-Henning's DAVID WARREN.
At Olney. Centennial's AUDREY WHITE finished ninth in a field of 155 runners at the Olney Invitational. White covered the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 32 seconds. White's teammate, REBECCA KAEFRING, took 12th with a time of 20:43.
Led by JOHNNY LEVERENZ's fifth-place finish, Danville took second to Mount Zion in the 28-team boys' event. Leverenz completed 5,000 meters in 16:22. Centennial's BLAS GARCIA-CANGA was 13th in 16:46 and Danville's CALEB HUMMER (16:56) was 16th in the 181-runner field.
At Peoria. St. Joseph-Ogden's Chelsea Blaase placed sixth in the predominantly Class 2A and 3A Peoria Notre Dame Invitational. Her time of 17:23 was not only a personal best by 56 seconds, but also the best by a Class 1A girl this season at Detweiller Park. Previously, the quickest Class 1A time this year on the state-meet course was 17:40.
In swimming & diving
At Champaign. HANNAH NEWMAN, SARA FUNDATOR, SARAH McGILL and KATHERINE PENWELL combined to win the 200-yard medley relay as Champaign Central placed fourth in the 13-team Charger Invitational. Centennial's AUDREY RODAWIG was a double winner, capturing the 200 free in 1:55.49 and the 100 butterfly in 57.27, eclipsing Peyton Johnson's 10-year-old meet record. Urbana's KIRSTEN SLAUGHTER was victorious in the 50 free (25.52).
At Newton. Tri-County won the Newton tournament, finishing 5-0. AMBER MEYER and LIZZY BARNARD represented Tri-County on the 10-player all-tourney team. Tri-County defeated Newton, Olney, Shelbyville, Effingham St. Anthony and Teutopolis.
At Mount Pulaski. ALINA ALTMYER represented Champaign Central on the all-tourney team at the Mount Pulaski Fall Festival. The Maroons lost to Eureka 25-21, 17-25, 25-19 in the fifth-place match.
At Heyworth. LeRoy went 2-3 and finished fourth in the eight-team Heyworth tournament. ASHLYNN COWLES was named to the all-tournament team after collecting 22 aces and 13 kills. STEPHANIE HOWELL added 21 kills and LIBBY WALLS had 19. EMILY SCHOPP dished out 41 assists.
At Windsor. Tuscola defeated Arcola 25-20, 25-11 in the third-place match of the Windsor Invitational. Tuscola's TAYLOR EDWARDS and MACKENZIE SEIP earned recognition on the all-tournament team.
At New Berlin. KAITIE WILDMAN was chosen for the 10-player all-tournament team at New Berlin for an Atwood-Hammond team that placed eighth in the 12-school field.
At Paxton. HANNAH GAYLORD had nine kills and EMILY GRISWELL handed out 23 assists as St. Joseph-Ogden defeated Clinton 25-12, 25-14 in the championship match of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Classic.