Teams of the Week: Monticello girls' cross-country in spotlight
Monticello girls' cross-country
The state's second-ranked Class 1A team had winners in five of seven individual races and captured team honors in the annual Chrisman Cowchip Classic. Hannah Houska (No. 1 runner), Madison Tutich (No. 3 runner), Audrey Duncan (No. 4 runner), Maggie Utgaard (No. 5 runner) and Katie Douglas (No. 6 runner) were all triumphant for the Sages. The open winner was Monticello's Meghan Carter.
The Blue Devils haven't allowed a touchdown in two games, while scoring 13 of their own. In last week's 44-0 win against an Arcola team that was state-ranked in the preseason, the defense scored twice after interceptions. Eleven B-H players carried the ball against Arcola, with Kevin Allen and Patrick Ganley each topping 140 yards rushing. Coach Mark Dodd's team enters a tough three-game stretch where two of the upcoming opponents are unbeaten.
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The nationally ranked Chargers (7-1) bounced back from their first loss (at Normal U-High on Thursday) by sweeping all five opponents at the Centennial Body N' Sole tournament in consecutive sets Saturday. Three of coach Stan Bergman's seniors were chosen to the 12-player all-tournament team: Lauren Cloyd, Rachel Jones and Allie Shannon.
The Rockets went on the road and rallied from a 6-0 deficit against Maroa-Forsyth in the final quarter on Mitch Negangard's tackle-breaking, 13-yard scoring jaunt, followed by Cody Payne's conversion kick, which marked the difference in unbeaten Unity's 7-6 triumph. It was Unity's first win against the Trojans after three losses since rejoining the Okaw Valley Conference.
The Panthers (8-1) won back-to-back three-set matches and are 3-0 for the season when a tiebreaking set has been required. Setter Kayla Cowan had 34 assists in the wins against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Tri-Valley. Outside hitter Kandace Hofer had 17 kills in the two matches. They are among five seniors on coach Kristin Oyer's 14-player roster.