Teams of the Week: Salt Fork football in spotlight
SALT FORK FOOTBALL
The state-ranked Storm (4-0) survived in a game where it didn't complete a pass and managed five first downs, thanks to an interception return (by Colton Fauver), a Seth McLain scoring run and Austin Ringis' game-winning 28-yard field goal in the final 90 seconds that completed a 16-14 comeback triumph against Milford/Cissna Park. The homecoming game was the first night contest at Jamaica High School since 2009.
The Maroons (16-4) swept all five opponents en route to team honors in Paxton-Buckley-Loda's invitational. All-tourney pick Morgan Hickman had 92 assists. Taylor Filken (42 kills) led the offense, and Mariah Monkman was the defensive catalyst. Bailey Walker was also on the all-tourney team. The title-match win against St. Joseph-Ogden marked the first win in coach Tracey Huls Mathis' career against her alma mater.
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JUDAH CHRISTIAN BOYS' SOCCER
The Tribe (6-4) dealt St. Joseph-Ogden its first loss, 1-0, thanks to a second-half goal from senior Alec Henderson and then followed up with a 1-0 triumph against Meridian, also on a Henderson goal. The team's third consecutive 1-0 win was Monday and was also courtesy of a Henderson goal. All 10 of the team's matches have ended in shutouts. Coach Bo Wilson's team has won five of its last seven matches.
Urbana senior Cameron Mammen continues to be the catalyst for the Tigers (3-1). At halftime of Friday's 74-26 win against Springfield Lanphier, he had accounted for all eight of the team's touchdowns (four rushing, four passing), which meant he'd had a hand in 16 of Urbana's last 17 TDs (nine rushing, seven passing). In the previous 16 years, Urbana had not scored more than the 62 points it put up in a 49-point win against Danville in 2001.
MONTICELLO GIRLS' CROSS-COUNTRY
The state-ranked Sages (second in Class 1A) won a dual meet against St. Joseph-Ogden, led by winner Hannah Houska, and two days later placed second in Tuscola's 20-school invitational. Houska and teammates Maggie Utgaard, Madison Tutich and Emily Foley were top-10 placers and ran the 3 miles within eight seconds of one another. Audrey Duncan's 17th-place finish enabled the all-underclassman unit to fare well.