Saturday's highlights: MVP Cloyd shines in Centennial title run
At Effingham. Centennial defeated Jonesboro (Ark.) Valley View 25-21, 25-18 for the title of the Crossroads Classic. To reach the title match, the Chargers rallied to beat Wheaton St. Francis 14-25, 25-11, 25-21. Centennial's Lauren Cloyd was named tournament MVP. She was joined on the all-tournament team by fellow Chargers Kelsey Olion and Rachel Jones.
At Mahomet. Champaign Central capped a 5-0 run to the Bulldog Invitational title with a 25-27, 25-23, 15-13 victory against Williamsville. Kailyn Demith and Jaelyn Wesfield of the Maroons were named to the all-tournament team, as were Alayna Jackson (27 kills) of Urbana, Elise Dahlke of Mahomet-Seymour and Shelby Simmons of St. Joseph-Ogden.
At Arthur. Arthur-Lovington did not lose a set while going 4-0 to win its own invitational tournament. A-L (8-0) was led on the attack by Karly Goodman (26 kills) and Jessica Davis (24 kills). Julia Cohen contributed nine service aces and 16 kills for the champions, while teammate Ashley Tabb totaled 18 digs.
At Westville. Urbana University High earned the title of the Westville Invitational via a tiebreaker. The Illineks, Chrisman and Westville each finished 3-1 in the round-robin event, but Uni was declared the champion based on most sets won (seven). Emma Hoyer had 46 kills for the Illineks. Brett Bishop of Chrisman totaled 26 kills, seven blocks and four service aces.
At Clinton. The host Maroons defeated Heyworth 25-17, 25-5 in the championship match of the Clinton Invitational. Tournament MVP Morgan Hickman of Clinton finished the event with 93 assists and 52 digs. Teammate Taylor Filkin, who also made the all-tournament team, totaled 47 kills and six blocks. Gabby Pearl had 20 kills and 7.5 blocks for fourth-place Blue Ridge.
At Shelbyville. Kaitlyn Hunt of Monticello was named to the Shelbyville Invitational all-tournament team. The Sages finished sixth in the eight-team event.
Watseka 2, GCMS 0. The host Warriors improved to 13-0 with a 25-16, 25-17 win. Taylor Bauer and Emily Allhands combined for 19 kills for Watseka. Allyson Barnes had 13 digs for the Falcons.
In boys' soccer
Urbana 4 Edwardsville 2. The Tigers built a 3-0 halftime lead en route to a home win. Brian Lopez and Jonathan Lukusa each had two goals and one assist for Urbana. Goalkeeper Brian Summers recorded six saves.
Urbana Uni High 4, Teutopolis 1. George Voulgaris scored a goal and assisted on two others for host the Illineks. Tarik Koric had a goal and an assist.
St. Thomas More 1, Blue Ridge 0. Josh Koerner scored in the second half on an assist by Daniel Shin to lift the Sabers to a home win. Koerner's goal was his second in as many matches.
St. Joseph-Ogden 4, Oakwood 0. Cameron Harpst scored twice and had an assist, leading the host Spartans. Goalkeeper Kyle Roedl made seven saves in a shutout performance.
Mahomet-Seymour 3, Charleston 1. Brennen Kraft's unassisted goal in the second half proved to be the winner for the visiting Bulldogs. Tyler Moxley assisted on two M-S goals.
Danville 1, Jacksonville 0. Gracson Torres scored on an assist from Chase Thurston and Cameron Griffin preserved a shutout with 12 saves, leading the Vikings to a home win.
Normal Community 4, Centennial 0. The host Chargers (3-1-1) were unable to score on any of their five shots on goal in their first loss of the season.
Schlarman 0, Fisher/GCMS 0. Chris Kuchefski racked up 17 saves for the host Hilltoppers in the scoreless tie. Darren Eckerty had four saves for Fisher/GCMS.
In boys' cross-country
At Springfield. Champion Jonathan Schaap led a 1-4-5 finish by Mahomet-Seymour runners that carried the Bulldogs to second place in the 18-team Lanphier Invitational. Schaap completed the 3-mile race in 15 minutes, 24.22 seconds, holding off runner-up Marc Maton (15:26.64) of Chatham Glenwood. Forrest Smoes (fourth) and Ethan Russell (fifth) joined teammate Schaap in the top five. Johnny Leverenz finished third (15:35.68) for 10th-place Danville.
At Peoria. Andrew Hanselman led Monticello to third place in the 44-team Class A division of the First to the Finish Invitational. Hanselman finished eighth in 15:43. George Gunter was the top runner for 10th-place Uni High, finishing 46th. Centennial's Aaron Miller was the top area runner in the Class AA meet, placing 41st.
In girls' cross-country
At Springfield. Mahomet-Seymour placed three runners in the top 17, including runner-up Lauren Whitehouse, and finished sixth in the 13-team Lanphier Invitational. Mercedes Elliott finished sixth for eighth-place Danville. Other top-20 individuals included M-S' Tessa Hanlon (15th) and Abigail Nielsen (17th), and Danville's Kim Carter (19th).
At Peoria. Led by Hannah Houska, Monticello finished second in the 40-team Class A division of the First to the Finish Invitational. Houska was sixth in 18:38. Other Sages in the top 20: Madison Tutich (18th) and Emily Foley (19th). In Class AA, Hannah Wright placed 30th in 19:07 for Champaign Central, which finished 24th in the 46-team field.
In girls' tennis
At Mattoon. Taylor Ellis finished first in singles for team champion Danville at the Mattoon Invitational. The Vikings doubles team of Neha Patel and Courtney Hart also placed first.
In boys' golf
At Mattoon. Issac Overman shot a team-best 80 for Centennial, which finished 17th in the 18-team Mattoon Invitational. Tyler Ellis (92) was the top scorer for 18th-place Danville.
In girls' swimming
At Champaign. Normal Community won all 12 events in rolling to a 133-53 victory against Champaign Central at Unit 4 Pool. Katherine Penwell (200-yard individual medley) and Sara McGill (100 butterfly) placed second in individual events and swam on the Maroons' runner-up 200 medley relay.
At Springfield. Maddie Nelson of Urbana University High finished second in the 500 freestyle at the Capital City Invitational. Centennial's Remy Miller placed third in the 100 free.