Saturday's prep highlights: Choquette sparkles
At Centralia. Urbana's NICOLE CHOQUETTE was the show-stopper at the Orphan Invitational, finishing in 19 minutes, 8.8 seconds to win by 30 seconds.
At Metamora Invite. Hannah Wright finished in 19:26 as Champaign Central placed 12th. Jasmine Gray and Jasmine Schreiber also broke 22 minutes.
Centennial 4, Mattoon 1. Jiayu Yao had a goal and an assist as the visiting Chargers took control in the second half. Centennial, led by Peter Menhart, Michael Kim, Vanji Moise and Ryan Gregg, held the Green Wave to five shots on goal. After Yao put the Chargers ahead 2-1 in the second half, Lonnie Barnes and Diamond Williams scored to put the match away.
Big 12 Championships. Danville won its second consecutive conference title in dominating fashion, winning five brackets and reaching the finals in all nine divisions at several sites in Champaign and Urbana.
"I guess that was pretty dominant," Danville coach Mark Bacys said. "Over a two-day period you could have a hiccup along the way, an upset here or there. But that didn't happen."
AMY SHAH (No. 2 singles), TAYLOR ELLIS (No. 5) and NEHA PATEL (No. 6) won singles titles for the Vikings, who got doubles wins at No. 2 (Shah and MEGAN MARBLE) and No. 3 (Patel and COURTNEY HART).
Bacys said a close win against Normal Community earlier in the week was a wakeup call.
"It's always nice to be the favorite," Bacys said. "But it also put a target on our back."
The Vikings' reward: a homecoming dance Saturday night.
Centennial's Allison Hansen won at No. 1 singles as the Chargers finished fourth. The junior is in good shape heading into next weekend's sectional meet, also to be played in C-U.
"She's just starting to find her groove," Centennial coach Connie Hoagland said. "Her confidence is growing from winning these close matches."
At Chatham Glenwood. Mahomet-Seymour's Abbie Magrini (39 digs) made the all-tourney team as the Bulldogs finished 1-2 and in third place. Emma Cabutti had 33 kills on the day, and Elise Dahlke added 21.