Monday's prep highlights: Peavler, Thompson lead golf contingent
In boys’ golf
At Savoy. One year ago, Brock Peavler fell 1 stroke short of qualifying for the state tournament. The Rantoul/PBL senior took the memory of that near miss onto the University of Illinois Orange Course on Monday.
“He’s been looking forward to this thing for about 365 days,” Eagles coach Travis Flesner said.
Peavler now can look forward to competing in the Class 2A state finals this weekend at Normal. He advanced out of sectionals as an individual by shooting a 5-over-par 77 to tie for sixth place.
Peavler will be joined at state by Champaign Central’s Riley Thompson, who carded a 78 and finished in a three-way tie for eighth.
“Today, he played his heart out,” Maroons coach Tim Bridges said of Thompson.
Peavler played steady golf to reach his goal.
“He grinded it out, lots of pars, didn’t make any big mistakes,” Flesner said. “That was kind of the key for today. The Orange was playing pretty long, so lots of pars was good.”
Thompson’s performance was more up and down as he shot a 43 on his front nine but recovered to fire a 35 on the back. The Maroons junior’s day was highlighted by an eagle on his second-to-last hole at No. 8.
“We talked about grinding a lot, and he did it today,” Bridges said. “He had somewhat of a roller-coaster (round) today. He opened triple, triple and ended up even (over) the last 16 holes.
“He has worked so hard this year on improving his game. I’m really proud of him.”
Regional champion Centennial placed ninth in the 12-team sectional field. Ryan Hunt was the top Charger scorer, shooting an 80 to tie for 15th.
At Watseka. Now that Bismarck-Henning is headed back to state, Terry French and his Blue Devils can breathe a little easier.
“I think there was a little more pressure on us this year,” French said after B-H finished third to earn the final qualifying spot out of the Class 1A Watseka Sectional. “Last year was a fantastic season, and we kind of snuck up on people. With three guys back, everyone’s saying, ‘Oh, you’re going to make it again.’ And it’s a very hard thing to do.”
Led by returnees Andy Bott (78) and David Warren (81), the Blue Devils were equal to the task. Their score of 343 was 8 strokes ahead of fourth-place St. Thomas More.
The third veteran back from last year’s state runner-up B-H team, Austin Toler, might have turned in the gutsiest performance of the day. Coping with a nasty sore throat, Toler rebounded from a rough start to shoot an 88. Five holes into Toler’s round, French pulled the Blue Devils senior aside.
“He told me to calm down and just play, and that’s what I did,” Toler said.
Said French: “He didn’t feel well today, but he got back on it and just kept diggin’.”
French hopes his Blue Devils will be more relaxed this weekend at Bloomington’s Prairie Vista Golf Course than they appeared to be at sectionals.
“They played a little tight,” French said, “but they just kept clawing and scratching, and it worked out to get one of the spots to go. Like I told them, the worst you can finish (at state) is 12th, so let’s go have fun and see what happens.”
The Blue Devils will be joined by four area golfers who qualified as individuals: Nick Berger and Ryan Erhard of Judah Christian, Christopher Tate of St. Thomas More and Cameron Westjohn of Tuscola.
n At Pekin. Trey Davis of Danville shot an 88 to tie for 79th place in a Class 3A sectional at Lick Creek Golf Course.
In girls’ golf
At Normal. Janice Choo of Champaign Central tied for 24th place in a Class 2A sectional at Weibring Golf Club. The Maroons senior shot a 93. Centennial’s Katelynn Martinez tied for 72nd with a 108.
At Amboy. Led by runner-up Nick Hess, St. Thomas More placed three runners in the top eight in rolling to the title at the 34-team Amboy Invitational.
With all of their scorers in the top 23, the Sabers totaled 53 points — 81 fewer than second-place Wheaton Academy.
Hess finished in 14 minutes, 58 seconds to edge Luke Hill of Ottawa Marquette by a fraction of a second for second place.In the 33-team girls’ race, Theresa Welle finished fourth to lead the Sabers to 10th place. Welle was clocked in 18:03. Teammate Regan Kelley placed 25th in 19:02.
In girls’ tennis
At Urbana. Danville won all three doubles flights to clinch its third straight Big 12 Conference tournament title at Atkins Tennis Center.
The weather-delayed doubles were pushed back to Monday, with the Vikings holding a sizable lead from Saturday’s singles competition. Still, Danville responded like every point might mean the difference between first or second in the team standings.
“They didn’t let up any,” Vikings coach Mark Bacys said. “I couldn’t be happier with the results. They competed all the way through.”
With the doubles sweep, Danville won seven of a possible nine singles and doubles titles.
At No. 1 doubles, the Vikings tandem of Rachael Lewis and Rebecca Lewis outlasted Centennial’s Allison Hansen and Lauren Neitzel 6-2, 5-7 (10-6).
“It was quite a battle,” Bacys said. “It was great doubles, and we were just fortunate enough to win the tiebreaker in the third set.”
Other Danville doubles champions were Amy Shah and Neha Patel at No. 2, and Courtney Hart and Taylor Ellis at No. 3.
Champaign Central 2, St. Joseph-Ogden 1. The host Maroons improved to 19-6 with a 25-18, 25-17 win. Jaelyn Westfield had 10 kills and Mia McDonald had 24 assists for Central. Shelby Simmons and Kenzie James had seven digs apiece for the Spartans.
Tri-Valley 2, St. Thomas More. 1. Lexi Wallen’s 14 kills and Brooke Plotner’s 16 digs weren’t enough to keep the Sabers from losing 25-8, 21-25, 25-22 at home.
Chrisman 2, Hutsonville 0. The Cardinals won 25-16, 25-14 behind Brett Bishop’s three blocks and three kills.
PBL 2, Schlarman 1. The visiting Panthers handed Schlarman its second loss of the season 18-25, 25-12, 25-9 behind Kailey Kleinert’s nine kills and four blocks. Jordan Marganski and Laura Gross combined for 13 kills, 19 assists and seven blocks for the Hilltoppers (14-2).
LeRoy 2, Ridgeview 0. Natalie Pliura’s 12 digs led LeRoy to a 25-16, 25-18 road win. Taylor Williams had 10 digs for Ridgeview.
Fieldcrest 2, GCMS 0. Katie Massey had four kills and two blocks for the Falcons in a 25-15, 25-16 home loss.
Stewardson-Strasburg 2, Arcola 0. Klaire Karmazinas had seven digs for the Purple Riders in a 25-12, 25-8 home loss.
Cerro Gordo 2, Argenta-Oreana 0. Alex Stupek had eight digs for the Bombers in a 25-15, 25-18 road loss.
Shiloh 2, Arthur Okaw Christian 1. Despite Alysha Beechy’s 12 kills, two blocks and 11 digs, host Arthur Okaw Christian lost 18-25, 25-22, 25-19.
In boys’ soccer
Champaign Central 2, Danville 2. Emmanuel Komba and Blately Williams scored for the visiting Maroons in a Big 12 tie. Jon Huff and Gracson Torres booted the Vikings’ goals.