Tuesday's prep highlights: Wright, Helfrich victorious
In girls' cross-country
At Urbana. Champaign Central won its first Twin City meet since 2003, thanks in large part to a first-place effort from HANNAH WRIGHT, who outlasted runner-up THERESA WELLE of St. Thomas More.
"Hannah's been working a long time for this," Central coach CHRISTOPHER SCHULTZ said. "This is the culmination of a lot of work."
Central's CHLOE LESSARIS was sixth and ALI MILLER seventh as the Maroons (39 points) got the best of second-place Urbana Uni (53) and third-place Centennial (60).
"I'm excited with Hannah, but really all our girls, because without them, there's no way we win. This is a big deal for us," Schultz said.
The Illineks got a fifth-place finish from KATIE TENDER, and the Chargers were led by JAKI VIPOND (third) and REBECCA KAEFRING (fourth).
At Fithian. St. Joseph-Ogden swept the top six spots in a dual against Oakwood, led by ALYSSA PRIDE (22 minutes, 4 seconds). Teammate VERONICA BROOKS was five seconds behind her, and ABBY FISHER finished five seconds after Brooks.
At Downs. Clinton's ALIVIA POWERS finished sixth in a triangular meet with host Tri-Valley and Paxton-Buckley-Loda.
In boys' cross-country
At Urbana. JACOB HELFRICH finished one second ahead of teammate NICK HESS in leading St. Thomas More to its second straight win at the boys' Twin City meet. SEAN KELLEY was third, BRENDAN REMINGTON was fifth and SAM POWERS sixth as the Sabers finished with 17 team points, well ahead of second-place Centennial (63) and third-place Urbana Uni (65).
"We were expecting to get under 20 (points); that was our goal," STM coach DAVE BEHM said.
Helfrich's brother JEFF, a 1999 Uni graduate, was a three-time Twin City winner.
"It felt really great," Jacob Helfrich said. "My brother is really happy for me. It meant a lot to get the Helfrich name on that trophy again."
Centennial's REIS DeSANTIS was fourth and AARON MILLER was seventh.
At Downs. HAYDEN YOUNG, NICK PORTER and GRANT IVERSON swept the top three places for Paxton-Buckley-Loda in a triangular win against host Tri-Valley and Clinton at Dawson Lake.
At Fithian. St. Joseph-Ogden swept the top five spots in defeating Oakwood 15-46. DREW KNIPFER led the way for the Spartans, followed by BRAYDON CROZIER, JON CRAWFORD, BRYANT ANDERSON and NICK POFF.
Blue Ridge 2, Ridgeview 1. GABBY PEARL had four kills and 3.5 blocks, leading the host Knights to a 25-11, 16-25, 25-17 win. CHANDLER MORROW had 12 digs, and EMILY ZELHART added eight assists.
Watseka 2, Hoopeston Area 0. The host Warriors picked up a 25-5, 25-7 win behind seven kills apiece from HAYLEY GRAY and EMILY ALLHANDS. KAT GRIMES had 17 assists, and TAYLOR BAUER had four aces.
Tremont 2, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 0. KATIE MASSEY had three kills and two blocks for GCMS in a 25-13, 25-12 loss.
Normal U-High 2, Prairie Central 0. MADDIE BOUNDS had seven kills and four blocks for the host Hawks in a 25-15, 25-23 loss.
Urbana University 2, Normal Calvary 0. EMMA HOYER had seven kills, five digs and three blocks for the visiting Illineks in a 25-13, 25-9 victory. JULIANNA TRACH contributed 17 assists and three aces.
CPCI 2, Iroquois West 0. The host Timberwolves got eight blocks from Hillary HInes and 14 assists from ANNA KAEB in a 25-23, 25-12 win.
Atwood-Hammond 2, Villa Grove 0. Becky Bishop had six digs for the host Blue Devils in a 25-21, 25-22 loss.
Argenta-Oreana 2, Sangamon Valley 1. The host Bombers got five digs and two aces from TAYLOR FLEMING in an 11-25, 25-20, 25-22 win. ALEX STUPEK led the way with seven kills and ALEXA JONES added five kills and two aces.
Monticello 2, Bement 0. LIZZIE RUPKEY had six kills and 12 digs for the visiting Sages in a 25-21, 25-22 win. SABRINA HINTON had eight kills, five digs and five kills for Bement.
Mattoon 2, Urbana 0. JESSICA MACK had five kills and TAYLOR LOVETT had 13 assists for the visiting Tigers in a 25-15, 25-13 loss.
Olympia 2, Mahomet-Seymour 1. ELISE DAHLKE had nine kills, MASON MOORE had 17 assists, SIERRA WOO had 20 digs and MADDIE SEE had four blocks for the host Bulldogs in a 23-25, 25-20, 25-18 loss.
Sullivan 2, Teutopolis 1. The Redskins got 15 digs and five kills from EMILY NEUHAUSER and 11 kills and two blocks from BRITTIN BOYER in a 25-14, 23-25, 25-18 win.
Bloomington Central Catholic 2, Rantoul 0. CARSON CHURCH had 10 digs and four kills for the visiting Eagles in a 25-19, 25-14 loss.
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2, Momence 0. KANDACE HOFER and AMANDA YPYA each had nine kills and KAYLA COWAN had 20 assists for visiting PBL in a 25-15, 25-11 win.
St. Joseph-Ogden 2, St. Thomas More 0. NICHOLLE BROWN (eight kills, three aces) and SYDNEY STONE (16 assists) helped the host Spartans remain undefeated in a 25-22, 25-17 win.
Shiloh 2, Salt Fork 1. KAYLA BALOGH had seven kills, LEXIE MINOTT (two blocks) had six and LAUREN MOSES had five for the host Raiders in a 20-25, 25-23, 25-17 victory. Salt Fork got 20 assists from JENNA BRYANT and 10 kills and four blocks from BRITTON SEAMAN.
Arthur-Okaw Christian 2, DeLand-Weldon 0. ALYSHA BEACHY had three kills and a block in leading AOC to a 26-24, 25-18 win.
Tri-County 2, Oblong 0. AMBER MEYER (19 assists), AUTUMN MEYER (10 digs, five aces) ABBY SMITH (seven kills) and LIZZY BARNARD (seven kills, five aces) led the host Titans to a 25-7, 25-7 win.
Tuscola 2, Arcola 0. MORGAN LITTLE had 18 assists, COURTNEY KENNEDY had 10 digs and MACKENZIE SEIP had 10 kills for the host Warriors in a 25-10, 25-16 win.
In girls' golf
At LeRoy. The host Panthers finished second to Normal Community's junior varsity by 1 stroke and beat Bloomington Central Catholic's JV, led by medalist KAILYN MORRELL's 52 and JESSIE WOHLWEND's 54.
At Sheldon. Medalist JACKIE DUFFY shot 40 in leading Prairie Central to a second-place finish in a quad meet with winner Bishop McNamara, Watseka and Milford at Shewami Country Club. EMILY HEISER carded 44 for the Hawks and JENNA HALE shot 49. Watseka was led by ASHLEY LENHART's 49.
In boys' golf
At Urbana. MICHAEL THOMPSON fired a 39 and tied for medalist honors for third-place Urbana in a triangular with Mattoon and Bloomington. C.G. FACER (40) was third at Urbana Country Club.
At Decatur. Medalist BROCK PEAVLER shot 37 in leading Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda to a win against Champaign Central. DYLAN HARRIS carded a 40 and CODY BAUMAN shot 44. Central got 44s from CHRIS HAILE and ZACK BAUMANN.
At Urbana. Medalist MICHAEL KEHL carded a 40 in leading host St. Thomas More to a win against Iroquois West at Stone Creek. KAMERON WEST and CLARK FINK each shot 41 for the Raiders.
St. Thomas More 3, Iroquois West 0. DAN SHIN scored two goals and added an assist on JOSH KOERNER's goal for the host Sabers (7-2), who have not allowed a goal in their seven wins.
Hoopeston Area 4, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 0. DAVID CORNELIUS scored a pair of goals for the visiting Cornjerkers, who picked up their first win of the season. MASON JETT and ANDREW SAMET also scored.
Mattoon 4, Monticello 1. JOSH SCHUMACHER scored on an assist from LUKE HANSELMAN for the host Sages.
Oakwood 4, Schlarman 3. SYNAN NICHOLSON and JASON MACKIEWICZ each scored a pair of goals to lead the Comets. Schlarman got a pair of goals from AUSTIN CALHOUN and one from RILEY JONES.
Unity 5, Schlarman 0. The visiting Rockets got two goals from MARK GREDY-MYHRE and a goal and assist from BRISHAN McCOWAN against the Hilltoppers, who played their second match of the day.
Bishop McNamara 3, Watseka 1. ANKIT PATEL scored the lone goal for the host Warriors.
Urbana University 11, Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 0. PATRICK WONG scored three times while GEORGE VOULGARIS and PAUL SEELEY each scored twice for the host Illineks.
Arthur-Lovington 5, Meridian 1. ANTHONY HETTINGER scored all five goals and MATTHEW ROBINSON made eight saves for host A-L.
Urbana 7, Danville 0. MIGUEL FIERRO recorded a hat trick to lead the host Tigers. JONATHAN LUKUSA had a goal and an assist, and DAVID ANDERSON had three assists.
Blue Ridge 7, Judah Christian 0. DYLAN GRAMMER recorded a hat trick to power the host Knights. JON JONES added two assists and a goal.